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My Humble Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala

My Humble Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala Preamble On 25th December 2015 Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Humanitarian Foundation of Sri Lanka awarded me with a title “Vishwa Keerthi Sri Saddharma Gaveshi” for being the advisor, office bearer and member of many Buddhist organizations contributing in many ways with my professional, educational and social wisdom to Buddha Sasana and being supportive of national, religious, and social and educational activities of Srimat Anagarika Dharmapala…

HOLY PRABARANA PURNIMA ON THE 27TH OCTOBER 2015

HOLY PRABARANA PURNIMA ON THE 27TH OCTOBER 2015 Tomorrow is The Holy Prabarana Punima (Full-Moon day), one of the major festivals in Buddhist World. The day is called as The Abhidhamma Day or Thadingyut Festival in Myanmar; Festival of the Descent from Heaven or Lhabab Dushen and Lha Bab Düchen in Bhutan and Tibet respectively. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the seventh month (Ashin Month)…

Exclusive interview: Globally recognized Bangladeshi medical scientist Dr. Sumana Barua

Exclusive interview: Globally recognized Bangladeshi medical scientist Dr. Sumana Barua Interviewed by: Nirvana desk* Dr. Sumana Barua is a globally recognized Bangladeshi medical scientist in the field of communicable disease control. He is also specialized in training of various health professionals (doctors, nurses and other health work forces) towards strengthening of health system as well as development of health system in developing countries. For leprosy control programme, he made remarkable…

THE 3RD PARINIBBANA ANNIVERSARY OF MOST VENERABLE ARAHAT BANA BHANTE

THE 3RD PARINIBBANA ANNIVERSARY OF MOST VENERABLE ARAHAT BANA BHANTE 30 January 2015 Christian Era, 2558 Buddha Era, 19 Magh 1421 Bengali Era, Friday, is The 3rd Parinibbana Anninersary of Most Venerable Arahat Sadhananda Mahathero known as Bana Bhante. The Anniversary will be celebrated with a day-long auspicious program at Rajbana Vihara,Rangamati Sadar, Rangamati Hill District, Bangladesh.Please note that Most Venerable Arahat Bana Bhante attained Anupadisesh Nibbana at 15:15 on…

The 150th Birth Anniversary of Karmayogi Kripasaran Mahastavir on 22nd February 2015 Sunday

THE 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF KARMAYOGI KRIPASARAN MAHASTAVIR ON 22 FEBRUARY 2015, SUNDAY The 150th Birth Anniversary of Karmayogi Kripasaran Mahastavir will be celebrated on the 22nd February 2015, Sunday, at Dhammarajika Buddhist Monastery, Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar Sangha in association with Bangladesh Buddhist Federation, Bangladesh Bouddha Samity (Dhaka Region) and Bangladesh Bouddha Yoba Parishad. Karmayogi Kripasaran Mahastavir’s name is closely associated with the history of…

The 83rd Birth Anniversary of H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero on 15th January 2015

The 83rd Birth Anniversary of H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero on 15th January 2015 The 83rd Birth Anniversary of H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero will be observed on 15th January 2015, Thursday, at Dhammarajika Buddhist Monastery, Dhaka, Bangladesh. H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero is a gifted Buddhist Monk imbued with a profound spirituality. A wide range of sterling activities as a social organizer, administrator, a patron of learning and above…

Most Highest Holiness Ven. Sadhanananda Mahathera (Bono Bhante) Parinirvana

Most Highest Holiness Ven. Sadhanananda Mahathera (Bono Bhante)'s Parinirvana  By Chakma Raja Devasish Roy-Wangza Many of you are perhaps aware of the parinirvana of our most revered guru, Ven'ble Sadhanananda Mahathera (Bono Bhante), at Square Hospital, Dhaka on 30 January, 2012 at 2-57 pm. I had written earlier about the Bhante's treatment. Now I wish to share with you some snapshots of the last day of this great teacher's life…

Festival of the Descent from Heaven !

Festival of the Descent from Heaven ! In Bajrayana, The Festival of the Descent from Heaven by the Lord Buddha is on 13.11.2014 (The Lord Buddha descent from 33 Haven to Sangkaishya Nagar) Today (13.11.2014) is Lha Bab Düchen, the 'Festival of the Descent from Heaven'—one of the four major Buddhist holidays. Buddha Shakyamuni’s mother, Mayadevi, was reborn in Indra’s heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and…

Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala

Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala Anagarika Dharmapala died at Saranath at the age of 69 gazing at the Mulagandakuti Vihara, where he spent his last days, wishing that he be “reborn again twenty-five times to spread Lord Buddha’s Dhamma”. With the invasion of Ceylon, by three western powers, namely, Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, the lifestyle of Sri Lankans were changed drastically. Invaders imposed their religion, language, customs, dress, food…

His mission was moulding man

His mission was moulding man The prelate the Most Venerable Madihe Pannghaseeha Maha Nayaka Thera by Patricia Mangalika Yahampath     In the province of the southern territory, district of Matara in the village of Madihe, where the coconut palms sway, and the never still ocean runs, in the year of 1913 on the day of 13th June, a fortunate baby was born to parents J.C. Pujithagunawardena and Bella Anjela Dheerasekera,…

Songkran (Thailand) and New Year Celebration

Songkran (Thailand) This article is about the Songkran festival in Thailand. For related festivals, see Songkran.SongkranSongkran in Wat Kungthapao 03.jpgNew Year celebration, Rot Nam Dam Hua, a traditional way to celebrate with elders. Most Thai people go back to their hometowns to meet their elders.Official name     Songkran Festival (สงกรานต์)Observed by     ThaiSignificance     Marks the Thai New YearBegins     13 AprilEnds     15 AprilDate     13 AprilNext time   …

The UN Day of Vesak 2014: Largest Buddhist Congregation in Vietnam

The United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 : Largest Buddhist Congregation in Vietnam   Vietnam will host the 2014 United Nations Day of Vesak (Buddha's Birthday, Enlightenment and Passing Away) and an international Buddhism conference at Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh from May 7-11, 2014. Under the theme of "Buddhist Perspective towards Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals", the event is being organised by…

Colonel Henry Steel Olcott

Colonel Henry Steel Olcott Henry Steel Olcott was born on August 2, 1832 into a pious Presbyterian household in Orange, New Jersey. In his teens, he attended the College of the City of New York and Columbia University. At the age of 20, he became a convert to spiritualism. Soon, he was championing a host of other causes, including anti-slavery, agricultural reform, women’s rights, cremation, and temperance. At 28 (1860),…

Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahathera

Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya MahatheraA Personal Appreciation Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya was one of the great personalities of Theravada Buddhism in the twentieth century, and it is testimony to his vast store of past merits that his life span stretched clear across this century from its beginning almost to its end. In the course of his exemplary life this outstanding Mahathera has held some of the most prestigious academic and…

Buddhism in America

Buddhism in AmericaBuddhism is no longer just for monks or Westerners with disposable time and income to dabble in things Eastern. Christians and Jews practice it. African Americans meditate alongside Japanese Americans. In the U.S. alone, some experts estimate, there are roughly three million practicing Buddhists. And according to a 2004 study, more than 25 million Americans believe that Buddhist teachings have had an important influence on their spirituality. Out…
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