Message From The London Buddhist Vihara
For the Reflection and Practice of the Dhamma in a time of fatal Coronavirus .
Arogya Parama Labha
Health is the highest gain Dhammapada 204
Dear Devotees, Friends,
I hope you are all of keeping well and safe.
Generally, during these days in April, Sri Lankan people celebrate the Sinhalese New Year. But, as no doubt you are all aware, locally and globally, without exception, every human being on our planet, is under threat from this dreadful pandemic caused by the Corona Virus.
At this moment in time, we have no choice but to remain isolated, so we are making good use of this time with contemplating the Dhamma. We spend our time wisely by nurturing more spiritual thoughts rather than celebrating the Aluth Avuruddha.
Usually, we live our lives following very busy schedules, but now a days unexpectedly, we have been given time to rest. We must follow the advice of the NHS and medical experts to do our bit to try and reduce the impact of this harmful virus, Covid 19.
We hear sad news that some of our friends have been affected and some of our friends are dead and gone. Regardless of nationality, wealth, status, power or age, all human beings are vulnerable and equal to getting Corona Virus – it does not discriminate.
We have all heard the Buddha’s saying,‘Arogya Parama Labha’Health is the highest Gain. Not only in Buddhism but in other religions there are similar sayings that, above all else, health is of ultimate importance.
Also, at this time, we need to think not only of our own well-being, but also the well being of others. I know we practice Metta Bhavana mediation on loving kindness. We mentally recite and share the thoughts, ‘May I be well and May you be well May all beings be well and protected from the danger of this Corona Virus.’
Also, we request from our elders, please stay at home do not go anywhere as they are more vulnerable, and we will cater to their needs. Not only Buddhists but followers of other faith are aware of this during, Easter time. We become more compassionate and love each other. Also, we can reflect upon our good memories regarding our good Kamma.
Certainly, doctors and medical specialists will find a solution to this challenge presented by Corona Virus. Until that time, we must maintain our good spirit through positive thinking. As we Buddhist we gain resilience especially by practicing mediation on Loving kindness ‘Metta Bhavana’, listening to the Dhamma and helping others who need our support; these good practices are very beneficial for everyone.
Unfortunately, the Vihara is temporarily closed indefinitely, until the end of this corona pandemic. Nevertheless, we monks practice Puja and chanting of Ratana Sutta every morning and evening. You also can participate the evening Puja, as it easy to view via our Facebook of London Buddhist Vihara.
‘Sabbhitiyo vivajjantu - sabba rogo vinassatu
May all misfortunes be averted, may all sicknes be healed.
Mâ te bhavatvantarâyo - sukhi dighâyuko bhava
may no danger befall me and you, may I and you live long and happily.’
Ven B Seelawimala Thera
Ven T Bandula Thera
Ven K Kassapa Thera
LONDON BUDDHIST VIHARA
Classes at the Vihara are cancelled
Please note that all the regular classes, i.e Wednesday-meditation, Tuesday-Pali and Advanced Buddhism are now cancelled until further notice.