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Anurapura Vandana 2012

By.Dr Iresh Jayaweera ,President CCA-Galle Branch

Cancer care association organized a pilgrimage to Anuradhapura on 29th June to 1st of July.Being an organization with a Buddhist Background CCA render its services to all patients immaterial of their religion or race.One of its main objectives is spiritual development of its membership.This pilgrimage was organized to improve Metta Karuna Muditha Upekka and  Shraddha of our membership.

Dr.Upul Ekanayake,Consultant Oncologist from Teaching Hospital Karapitiya and our leader Honorable Dr.Samadhi Rajapkasa organized this highly meritorious activity.

A group of 101 people from Galle joined members of Colombo and Anuradhapura making a total Crowd of 175.The journey started around 3 am on 29th June from Galle.After coming to Colombo the lucky crowd got the chance to worship the Sacred Relics-Keshadhathunwahanse at Dr.Samadhi’s Place.And Journey restarted around 6 am from Homagama.

Once the group reached Anuradhapura initial activity was to visit the Cancer Care Hospice at Kurundankulama.

CCA members visiting the Hospice

The Buddha statue was relocated on the newly built Mal asanaya in the New shrine room with the participation of the members with great honor

Worshiping Lankaramaya

Then Atamashtana Vandana Journey started at 3.oo pm from Lankaram Temple and proceded to places of the Abhayagiri Monastery.

Places including the Dane salawa(dining hall),Eth Pukana and the great Sandakadapahana  of the ancient Abhayagiri Monastery were showed to us.

After a good meditation session at Samadhi Buddha Statue group visited Jethawana pagoda .Aba(Gingerly Oil) lamps made out of King coconut were offered to Lord Buddha ending up with chanting of a Pirith Sutta.

The program for the day finished with visiting Thuparamaya(Sri lanka’s first Pagoda).After offering flowers group chanted Karaniya Metta sutta according to the guidance given.

After having dinner at around 10 pm after long happy day the group had a time to rest.

Next day Kiripindu (Milk Rice) was prepared by members in a special way during   chanting of Qualities of lord Buddha(Budu Guna).The prepared rice meal was arranged in to 9 pathra(containers) and covered with silver and gold sheets and offered to Jaya siri Maha Bodhi with great respect.A budu perehera was arranged for the offerings.

Milk Rice Puja to Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi

After Observing Sil at the Jayasiri Maha Bodhi the group had the Heel dane offered by members of Army.

Heel Dana

Next was a valuable sermon by Most Ven.Mankadawala Sudassana Thero on the Topic of sathara sathipattana and Meditation.

Sermon by Ven.Sudassana Thero

After lunch there was a Dhamma dicussion by Ven.Udugama Sarananda thero and evening members gathered to prpare the Owshada(Medicinal Herbs)Puja and Pahan Puja.

Preparation of Medcinal Gilanpasa
Kapruk Puja
Sacred Ruwanveliya pagoda after kapruk Puja
Dethis Maha Purushalakshana Puja
Puja Offerings….
Dehismaha Purushalaksha Vandana by Ven.Udugama Sarananda Thero

on the 3rd day group gathered near Mirisawetiya pagoda for an ‘Adhisthana puja’.

Offerings to Mirisaweitiya Pagoda

After worshiping Mirisawetiya Pagoda with wishes to Long last the Buddha Sasana the pilgrimage came to an end with  a brief punyanumodana by Honarable Dr.Samadhi Rajapaksa.Mr.Lokuge and Dr.Upul Ekanayake thanked dr.samadhi for organizing such a great meritous activity on behalf of the crowd.

Me siyalu pin oba samatath anumodhan wewa!!!Sadhu ! Sadhu!

We look forward to organize an even better program next year.Dethis Maha Purusha Lakshana Awshada Puja will be an annual event from this year on wards happening on 30th June every year.

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Theruwan Sarani!

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A Meditation Program for CCA members 26th Feb 2012

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

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