No one saves us but ourselves - No one can and no one may
We ourselves must walk the Path ......
Self reliance (Buddhist hymn)
Dear members and devotees,
The recent Covid-19 outbreak has intensified at an alarming rate and WHO recently categorized the virus as a pandemic. The crisis has triggered massive turmoil in many parts of the world. This unprecedented tragedy of the world will continue for another few months or even longer.
In view of the current situation, we will be cancelling our annual Vesak Celebration this year, 6 & 7 May at the Tembeling Road carpark. Vesak celebration is an important and special event for all Buddhists to commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbana of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Whilst the decision to cancel this event was a very difficult one, we believe it is the right thing to do. The well-being and safety of our people and the community always comes first.
Since early February, the society has temporary suspended all our regular religious and social activities for the safety of everyone. During this unexpected period, we are abandoned with many material wealth. The government, the medical experts as well as other sectors are facing a hard time.
Though it is, religion plays an important role to support mankind to overcome unforeseen circumstances. We ourselves, mentally and physically should be positive to face this difficult situation. All well wishes and devotees are strongly encouraged to faithfully and mindfully do your daily prayers, observe the virtues and practice mindfulness. Be compassionate to all beings regardless of race, language or religion.
Our religious adviser, Ven. Seeha has been continuing his daily prayers at 7.30 pm by reciting Ratana Sutta (The Jewel Discourse), Karaniya Metta Sutta (The Discourse on Loving Kindness) and Bhojjhanga Sutta (The Discourse on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment) to involve blessings upon members, devotees and well wishes. Especially we extend our prayers to the leaders of the country, the victims of the Covid-19 and the front-line medical group. Wishing them safety, good health and speedy recovery. We also dedicate these merits to our departed ones; wherever they are may they receive the merits and may they attain everlasting happiness, bliss of Nibbana.
Though physically you are unable to join these prayers in our premises, we hope that mentally you can join these prayers from your home or wherever you are. These powerful prayers will bring peace and happiness to you and your family members. We hope that everyone in the family is in good health and protection. Stay safe in these challenging times. Do continue to adopt good personal hygiene habits, avoid large social gatherings and practice social distancing.
May the Triple Gem bless you.
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