By Dr.Iresh Jayaweera (President CCA – Karapitya Branch)

Namo Buddhaya!

Cancer Care Association(CCA) organized a day program for its members on 26th of February 2012.Unilike the previous four activities this full day program organized with a view of promoting the Satahara brahma viharana…simply mettha,muditha,karuna,and upeksha qualities of our membership,and guiding them how to practice meditation in their day to day life.

As we all know practice of dhamma or the prathipaththi pooja (Seela and Bhawana)is much more meritorious than the Aamisha pooja,so as devoted Buddhists the membership was requesting such a program,to set their path towards Nibbana.

CCA members gathered to Cancer Unit Karapitiya and left at 6.30 am to the Temple situated at the Loadstar Factory,Midigama Off Ahangama down south.

The Temple built with the direction of Mr.Jinasena,workers of Loadstar are so lucky to have a temple within its premises.Situated on a small mountain top completed with all necessities including a Pagoda,A sacred bo tree( a decedent from the Ananda Bodhiya Srawasthi) ,and a Dharma shalawa. All  28 bodhin wahansela of past 28 lord buddhas found in this temple.Everyday thewawa is done by a devoted group from the factory staff including the Saddha (sound)Puja.

Group reached the place by 7.00 am and observed Ashtanga Seela and participated in morning Buddha puja and a session of Chanting followed by  Heeldanaya offered by the Factory staff with the guidance of Mr.Chanaka Basnayake,the cheif engineer of Loadtar pvt Ltd.

Program was guided by honorable Dr.Samadhi Rajapakse and partcipants were taught the basic principals of meditation followed by a session of Guided Meditation.The importance of the practice of  the Chatur Arakshaka Bhawana(Buduguna,Asuba,Marananusmathi,and Maithri) was highlighted.And the Sakman Bhawana and Anapansathi were also introduced.

Participants were given enough time to practice meditation by their own.

Gilanpasa and Dahawal Danaya were too organized by the generous factory staff.

A dhamma dicussion was held after lunch and important questions/queries from the Abidhamma were asked by the members and answered by Dr.Samadhi Rajapakse.Followed by a session of Meditation.

Afternoon a special “Dethis maha purusha lakshana Puja” was organized.The special 32 phisical Characteristics of the gauthama Lord buddha were represented by 32 ayurvedic plants and the dried powder of each plant was taken to prepare a special Osupan Gilanpasa by the members guided by Dr.samadhi Rajapaksa.

Preperation was done in a clean Pot using special firewood (Kurundu,Sandalwood etc) with the chanting of the 3 bojjanga pirith Suttas. All the members participated in the activity and finally the gilanpasa was offered to lord buddha.Each of the 32 Special Physical Characteristics were mentioned and chanted by  special 32 poems.This was done with great Saddha inorder to show the gratitude(Kalaguna salakeema) to our lord buddha for showing us the path to freedom. All the members participated in a small Perahera while chanting Nawa Arahadii Buduguna.

Finally the program was concluded after chanting several pirith sutta and giving the merits to devas and the dead at aroung 4.30 pm.

We would like to give special thanks to Mr.Chanaka Basnayake and the Lordstar factory team for being the hosts for such a great meritorious activity.And Dr.Samadhi Rajapaksa for conducting the program in a practical and simple manner that even people with no past experience in meditation were successful.

Theruwan Saranii.

Next meditation activity on 1st Of April. contact CCA