萬法唯心 – Impermanence

Vesak Day Celebration @ Leicester Square

May 20, 2007 11:18 am

Following the Vesak Day celebration at London Buddhist Vihara, this weekend there is a celebration at Leicester Square kindly organised by London Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Temple. It started at 12:30pm yesterday with opening speech from a few Venerable masters including a representative from London Buddhist Vihara, Ajahn Khemadhammo who gave a speech on “caring for the name and images of the Buddha“, and other VIPs include the Lord Mayor of London. There were quite a few events on the day, one of the main one is the Bathing of the Buddha, so what does it mean and why do we perform the bathing of the Buddha?

On this day, Buddhists take part in the ceremonial bathing of the Buddha. They pour ladles of water scented with flowers over a statue of the baby Siddhartha. This symbolizes purifying one’s thoughts and actions. ~ The Basic Teaching of the Buddha

And in Chinese, this is called 浴佛:

浴佛偈:「我今灌浴諸如來,淨智莊嚴功德聚,五濁眾生令離垢,同證如來淨法身。」

A related Q&A about 浴佛 quoted from 佛學問答類編 – 李炳南老居士解答

問:四月八日各寺浴佛,既說世尊法身是一塵不染,何必用人代他沐浴?(林夢丁)
答:誠如所云,法身無相,安用浴為;此不過後世弟子,追念往昔,藉此儀式,表示敬心而已。

I didn’t manage to take many photos, but thanks to Jac for some nice photos, click for the photo below for more.

Bathing the Buddha

Day Trip to Amersham

May 2, 2007 5:52 pm

Yesterday I went to Amersham for an interview, it’s a very nice town at the end of the Metropolitan Line (Zone D). Took half an hour by train from Marylebone station but a total of 1 and half hour from South Kensington. I was quite a nice town and I really like it, especially the countryside feel it has. On the way back to the station, I decided to walk and took some photos along the way. Only managed a few because I forgot to delete old photos on my phone, click on the thumbs lines to see all of them.

Amersham Amersham Railway Station Amersham

Ajahn Brahm Visit to London, UK

April 18, 2007 5:13 pm

Want a break from exam revisions? Ajahn Brahm is visiting London and will be giving a talk at ULU for ULUBUDA the coming Monday. The events will be on:

Ajahn Brahm Kathina Day

Date: Monday 23rd April
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Room 3E, 3/f, ulu

To find out more or RSVP for this event, please visit the ULUBUDA website. I have also quoted the details of Ajahn Brahm visits below for your info.

Sunday 15th April ’07 – Depart Perth 3:55pm for London, UK.

Monday 16th April ’07 – Arrive London 3:30pm.

Tuesday 17th April ’07 – Masterclass at HRD conference at EXCEL Convention Centre, Docklands at 1.45pm – 3pm. Details can be found www.cipd.co.uk. Look under conferences HRD2007. Evening talk at Thames Buddhist Vihara, Selsdon, 7.30pm-9pm.

Wednesday 18th April ’07 – To Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery.

Thursday 19th April ’07 – leave Cittaviveka after dana, 6-8pm talk at London Buddhist Society, Victoria, 6pm-8pm.

Friday 20th April ’07 – all day at International School in Egham, evening talk at London Buddhist Vihara, Chiswick, 7.30pm-9pm.

Saturday 21st April ’07 – afternoon talk at MOD in Andover. 7.30pm – 9pm. Dhamma talk at Buddhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon.

Sunday 22nd April ’07 – 1 day Meditation at Thames Buddhist Vihara, Selsdon, 9am-5pm.

Monday 23rd April ’07 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm Dhamma talk at University of London Union Building, Malet St. WC1 (contact www.ulubuda.org)

Tuesday 24th April ’07 – Wat Santidhamma, Warwick. Evening with the Samatha Group. Venue – Room 10, 173 Euston Road (opposite Euston Station) Euston, London NW1. Time – 6.30pm – 9pm

Wednesday 25th April ’07 – Depart Heathrow London at 12pm

Buddhism without Borders

February 8, 2007 2:43 pm

Last night was the ICBS (Imperial College Buddhist Society) event “Buddhism without Borders”. We are very luckly to have Ajahn Khemadhammo to give us a talk on “Suffering and the Stopping of Suffering”. We also had Exhibition, Free Distribution and Free Food. Everything ran very smoothly thanks to everyone who helped out and everyone who was there making this event possible. I hope everyone enjoyed the event and learnt something last night, I myself have a lot to learn. I like the how Ajahn Khemadhammo said that Buddhism is very simple and how important the 5 precepts are. Something so fundamental but we oftn over look and try to find something more complicated. It’s bringing at end to the suffering which is important which leads to the 4 noble truths. These are accepted and agree by all branches of Buddhism, this remind me that we should be very clear with our aim. Everyone have a different view in Buddhism and we see it differently, but the most important is not to compare to differences between different school of Buddhism but to really practice it. But of course it’s important to find the one that we think fit ourselves and then we can concentrate on the practice.

Here are some photos to share kindly taken and processed by Jac.

Talk - Ajahn Khemadhammo Exhibition Free Distribution Free Food

You can view all the photos on her zoto following this link.