MEDIN POYA PROGRAM | මැදින් පෝය වැඩසටහන
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The greatest revolution in mankind was the social religious, and Cultural Revolution that took place with the introduction of Buddhism – a religion and philosophy founded in C 528 B.C in India by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.
Buddhism is based on Four Noble Truths – Existence is suffering, the cause of suffering is desire, the end of suffering comes with the achievement of the Bliss of Nirvana. It could be attained through the Eight Fold path – Right Views, Right Resolve, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.Good actions are rewarded and evils ones bear agony and suffering either in this life or throughout the cycle of death and re-birth. The Bliss of Nibbana – Deathlessness, breaks the cycle.A deep in depth study of all comparative religions shows, that Buddhism is a Revolutionery, Religion (no conflict, no blood-shed) that moulded your life with kindness and compassion.Today, there are more than six billion buddhists and it's a worldwide religion. Its main divisions are Theravada – or Hinayana in South East Asia, Lamaism or Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, and Zen in Japan.
On this Medin Poya Day, many significant events relating to the life and times of Buddha took place. Therefore, on this Medin Full Moon Poya Day, Buddhists pay homage to the Noble Triple Gem. They are engaged on many religious ceremonies, activities, such as Dana (Alms Givings) Seela (Observing Eight Precepts and some Ten Precepts) and Bhavana (Meditation). The temples are the “Epic Centres of Buddhism”.Many devotees, sacrifice the Medin Poya Day to attend on religious ceremonies. The temples are filled to the capacity.Buddhist philosophy or way of life, never advocated a racial or caste distinctions among men, and the emphasis on this Poya Daya, the importance of universal brotherhood”. They help eachother. There is no discrimination. The theme is loving kindness. Buddha was undoubtedly, mankind most supreme communicator. The Enlightened One believed in the Discovery of Truth.
This Poya Day is important in the Buddhist calendar as the day, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, after leaving the Royal Palace, visited the city of Kimbulwathpura for the first time as the “Samma Sambuddha” - the Fully Enlightened One. King Suddodhana, father of Prince Siddhartha, sent Minister Kaludai, to conduct his beloved son, Buddha, to the city of Kapilavastu, from Veluwana Monastery in Rajagaha, after nine courtiers, each with a retinue of thousand men, dispatched on successive occasions on the same mission, had attained Arahantship on having listened to Buddha, Dhamma, joined the Bhikkhu Order. Their mission to bring the Blessed One to Kimbulwathpura was unsuccessful.
It was at this juncture, Minister Kaludai, was sent by King Suddhodana. He was successful, and as a Buddhist monk, requested Buddha to visit Kimbulwathpura Kingdom to see His old father, Princess Yasodhara, son Rahula, relations, friends and the people of the kingdom of Kimbulwathpura.
The rainy season ended. Flowers bloomed. Environment was serene and fantastic. The Blessed One, accepted His father's invitation, transmitted to Him, through Kaludai.
With nearly 20,000 monks, Buddha started His long journey, - a distance of sixty “yodunas”. The Blessed One, reached Kimbulwath City, after three months. Elaborate arrangements were made by King Suddhodhana, his kith and kin, the Ministers to accord “Red Carpet” welcome to the Englightened One. Near Nigrodha Park, a Aramaya or Temple – Nigrodharamaya was constructed with all facilities for the Blessed One and the Bhikkus.
When Buddha arrived at the City of Kimbulwath, the “Blue Blooded”, haughwty kinsmen of Sakya Clan, the Royalty sent their juniors, lower rank officials to welcome the Enlightened One. During the Buddha Era, caste system was the order of the day. Buddha, vehemently opposed the caste system.
For Buddha all are equal.
Najacca Vasalo Hoti
Najacca Hoti Brahmano
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Kammana Hoti Brahmano