Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dhamma books to be released for the coming Vesak Day 2010

For those who are interested to sponsor these titles, please contact Mr. Lim Hock Eng, contact number: 012-4302893, email address: sunandahelim@gmail.com


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Dear Friends of Lumbini:

The Lumbini Environmental Protection Alliance (LEPA) is writing to ask for your help in protecting Lumbini's environment and the health of its local population. As you may know, Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha and is situated in Nepal. It is one of the four holy sites of Buddhism, the other three being Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Kusinagar, all located in India. In recognition of its religious significance, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Lumbini as a World Heritage Site in 1997. LEPA is an international alliance that includes the Lumbini Development Trust (established by the government of Nepal to oversee this World Heritage Site), Lumbini Institutions (all the Buddhist monasteries in Lumbini), and the Lumbini Stakeholder Committee, comprising numerous Buddhist and non-Buddhist organizations as well as individual supporters from around the world. LEPA was established for the purpose of protecting Lumbini's sacred environment and the health of its community.

Shortly before his great passing away (maha parinibbana), the Buddha spoke to his disciple Ananda as follows:

There are four places the sight of which should arouse a sense of urgency in the faithful.

1) Here the Tathagata was born (Lumbini)
2) Here the Tathagata attained supreme enlightenment (Bodh Gaya)
3) Here the Tathagata set in motion the Wheel of Dhamma (Sarnath)
4) Here the Tathagata entered maha parinibbana (Kusinagar)

And, Ananda, the faithful monks and nuns, male and female lay-followers will visit those places. And any who dies while making the pilgrimage to these shrines with a devout heart will, at the breaking-up of the body after death, be reborn in a heavenly world.

(Digha Nikaya 16, adapted translation by M. Walshe)

Today, environmental pollution from heavy industry (cement and steel plants) that have located in the Lumbini region of Nepal is degrading air and ground water quality and local agriculture. It is likely impacting human health as well. A campaign has been underway for some years now to stop this desecration of Lumbini's sacred space. As the collective voice of Lumbini's friends around the world, LEPA is writing to humbly request your support in an international effort to protect and safeguard Nepal's Lumbini from the growing impacts of environmental pollution.

The full petition prepared by LEPA with complete background information is viewable at . This petition is an appeal to Nepal's Ministry of Industry’s Industrial Promotion Board (IPB) to:

(1) create an industry-free zone around Lumbini,
(2) freeze the establishment of new industries outside of this industry-free area, and
(3) strictly monitor existing industrial firms.

The document requests that the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Nepal undertake a continuous, professional industrial pollution monitoring and assessment program of the industries and environment in the Lumbini Road Industrial Corridor, with certain provisions as noted therein.

As the voice of concern for Lumbini, we urge you to sign this petition by adding your name and country of residence to the form embedded below (and by answering the optional questions as well if you wish); and clicking the 'Submit' button. You will be adding your voice thereby to that of other individuals and organizations around the world who understand the importance of cherishing and preserving this world treasure.

The Lumbini Environmental Protection Alliance wishes to express its maha-gratitude for your anticipated support of its effort on behalf of current and future generations of beings everywhere!

With much metta!

Lumbini Environment Protection Alliance

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Annoucement on the Resume of Meditation session

This is to inform/remind that our regular
Metta Meditation Session at
Inward Path, 52 Rangoon Road
will resume on
Tuesday April 27.

we won't be having our

Vipassana session on
Thursday April 29.

Instead we will, after April 27, have our

Metta Session
every M O N D A Y
beginning from
the Monday of May 3


Vipassana Session
every T U E S D A Y
beginning from
the Tuesday of May 4.

We are unable to have our session on Thursday as
the Charismatic Church on the first floor is now
having activity every Thursday and
their loud drumming and music
will disrupt our meditation.