Samadhi Buddhist Society
Samadhi Cultural Centre
Kandy - Sri Lanka
Samadhi Maha Viharaya
Anuradhapura - Sri Lanka
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival,
starts at the beginning of spring. It starts with the New
Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the
full moon 15 days later. Each Chinese year is represented
by a repeated cycle of 12 animals, the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit,
dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday for Chinese.
Eight Precepts
The Eight Fold Precepts mean to keep the mind and body
purified in 24-hour period by practicing the eight retreat precepts:

1) Not killing living beings
2) Not stealing
3) Not having sexual intercourse
4) Not telling lies
5) Not taking intoxicants
6) Not wearing bodily decoration, perfumes, nor dancing and singing
7) Not sleeping in an eloborate, raised bed
8) Not eating after noon time
Mooncake Festival
The Mooncake Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival,
falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It's celebrates
the time when the moon is furthest from the earth and is said
to be perfectly round.
The moon symbolizes balance, harmony and family.
This is a very happy festival as families & neighbours gather
together for moon-watching parties whilst children carry
brightly-coloured lanterns. Mooncakes filled with exotic fare
& tea is always served.
Vesak Day
Vesak, full moon day which falls in the month of May is to
commemorate the three great events in the life of the Buddha.
His Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbana.
To Buddhists all over the world, this event is of utmost importance
and significance. It was on this day more than 25 centuries ago
that the Buddha was born in the Lumbini Park. It was also on this
day that He gained Enlightenment. Under the Bodhi tree at
Buddha-gaya. For forty-five years, He preached the Dhamma and
showed all beings the path of the Middle Way. People from all walks
of life came to hear Him and follow His great teachings. Buddha
passed away on Vesak Full Moon Day under the two Sala trees at
Kusinara, in India at the age of eighty.

Many times and many days we have chanted the nine qualities of Buddha in PALI and

never make an effort to understand its meaning. Now,

I will like share the meaning of the nine qualities of Buddha in English. One common example is the word in Pali – Araham – that we use to count our rosary (prayer beads). We should now know the meaning of the word – Araham. One who has eradicated the defilements. By reflecting on the quality of Buddha “Araham” we gain great merit. The second example is – Buddho – When the word – Buddo is repeated

continuously, one could gain the miracle of acquiring Magadha, Pali, andother ancient dialects. Some who has the parami should try this when praying.

The dialect could come to your lips automatically.

Itipi so Bhagava Araham, Samma-Sambuddho, Vijja-Carana Sampano, Sugato, Lokavidu, Anuttaro Purisa Dhamma Sarathi, Sattha Deva-Manussanam, Buddho, Bhagava.

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