Offered to the

High Buddhist

Masters &

Bhiksunies in


Most Popular & leading

Buddhist Magazine in Sri Lanka,

Mettavalokanaya” Monthly Buddhist

Magazine was recently presented to

the High Buddhist Masters, Bhikkus

& Bhiksunies in Taiwan by the

Founder, President & Chief Editor

of Mettavalokanaya, Mr. Buddhika

Sanjeewa, at Taipei, Taiwan on February

09 - 23, 2018. This is the first time that

a Sri Lankan Buddhist Magazine was

presented to the High Buddhist Masters,

Bhikkus & Bhiksunies in Taiwan.

The photographs show,

Mettavalokanaya” presented to the

Chief Abbot of Pure Land Temple in Ban

Qiao, Chu Lin Temple Xin Dian & Vice

Abbot of Cih Ming Temple in Tai Zhong

in Taiwan, Most Venerable Master Shih

Tzu Cheng.

Mettavalokanaya” presented to

the President of CHING-HUA Society

Improvement Foundation, President of

PHU-SIEN Benevolence Charity Home,

President of The China International

Offering Ceremony to All Buddha’s and

Sangha’s Association (CIBSA), Chief

Master, Abbot & President of the CI-

FA Buddhist Temple in Taiwan Most

Venerable Master Shih Ching Yao.

Mettavalokanaya” presented to

the Ta Hsiuang Monastery Chief Master,

Vice President Buddhist Association

of Republic of China, Most Venerable

Master Shih Ming Kuang (Chen Chih


Mettavalokanaya” presented

to the Chief Abbot of Dhammakaya

Meditation Association of Taiwan,

Most Venerable Phramaha Tanut

Jetthadhammo Thero.



to the, the President of Chinese Young

Buddhist Association in Taiwan & the

Honorary Adviser of the World Alliance

of Buddhists (WAB) and President of

the Outstanding Women in Buddhism

Awards Most Venerable Bhiksuni Dr.

Ming Yu.

Mettavalokanaya” presented

to the Founder of Auspicious World

in Taipei, Taiwan and promoting the

physical and mental health education

Most Venerable Bhiksuni Yang Ding.

Mettavalokanaya” presented to

the Deputy Abbot of Jin Guang Ming

Temple Most Venerable Bhiksuni You

Guo at the Temple premises in Taipei,

Taiwan. “Mettavalokanaya” has been

successfully distributed to over 40

countries up to date, and also to all

districts across Sri Lanka & worldwide

absolutely free of charge distributing.

2 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 3

Most Ven. Aggamaha Pandita

Dr. Walpola Piyananda Thero

Chief Sangha Nayake Thero of

America and President of USA &

Canada Sanga Council, Chief Abbot

& President of Dharma Vijaya

Buddhist Vihara, Los Angeles,

California, USA.

In the late 1980’s Ven. Galaboda

Nanissara started the New York

Buddhist Vihara and appointed Ven. Dr.

Kurunagoda Piyatissa to be the abbot.

Later Ven. Henbunne Kondanna came to

help the abbot with his work, and they

have since opened satellite branches in

New Jersey, Staten Island, Chicago, and


In Canada there are nine Sri

Lankan Theravada temples. The first

one was founded in Toronto in 1978 by

Ven. Dikwala Piyananda Maha Thera

who, at the time, was president of the

Washington Vihara.

The Theravada forest meditation

tradition is also expanding in the

North America. The Ven. Dr. Henepola

Gunaratana Maha Thera, former

president of the Washington Vihara,

established the Bhavana Society in

West Virginia. Thailand’s Ajahn Chah’s

disciples, Ven. Ajahn Amaro from

London and Ven. Ajahn Passano from

Canada, started a forest monastery,

Abhayagiri, in Northern California. In

Southern California, American born

monk Thanissano Bhikkhu (Geoffrey

DeGraff), started the Metta Forest

Monastery near San Diego.

Burmese monks, especially

Mahasi Sayadaw’s Vipassanna group,

started many temples in America. Lay

teachers, like Joseph Goldstein and Jack

Kornfield, started meditation centers

that taught the Burmese tradition. Mr.

S. N. Goenka, originally from Burma,

Buddhism in North America….

but now living in India, comes to North

America often to teach Vipassanna

students in several centers.

There are currently hundreds

of Buddhist temples and meditation

centers in the United States and Canada.

In the Thai Theravada tradition alone

there are over one hundred temples.

Wat Thai in Los Angeles was the first of

the Thai temples, and it was founded

in 1967. There are also approximately

200 Laotian and Cambodian Theravada

temples scattered throughout the US

and Canada, and a few Vietnamese

Theravada temples as well.

There are numerous Mahayana

temples in North America, the Chinese

tradition being the most active. They

have beautiful centers throughout

America, a good example of which is Hsi

Lai Temple in Los Angeles County. The

City of Ten Thousand Buddhas north of

San Francisco is a Buddhist community

for both the Sangha and the laity, and it

also has schools for children. Every state

and province has active Buddhist temples

from this tradition. It is interesting to

note that a Sri Lankan monk named Ven.

Gunaratana converted to the Chinese

tradition and became Ven. Chao Chu.

He wound up learning three dialects of

the Chinese language. He established

the Los Angeles Buddhist Union, and

combined the Chinese and Theravada

systems into a hybrid form of Buddhism.

There are numerous Tibetan

Buddhist centers in the U. S. and

Canada, the most prominent one being

Tibet House in New York City, founded

by Robert Thurman, and containing one

of the greatest collections of Tibetan art

in the world.

In the Japanese tradition there are

many different sects, the most popular

in American being Zen. The Zen centers

are now mostly run by Americans. In

California the largest representation

is from the Jodo Shinshu sect, which is

organized as the Buddhist Churches of

America, and has its headquarters in

San Francisco. Other groups are Jodo

Shu, Nichiren and Sokka Ga Kai, which

has a university in Southern California.

With regards to higher education,

the Naropa Institute was founded in

Boulder, Colorado, in the early 1980’s. In

the late 90’s the University of the West

in Los Angeles County was founded

by Master Hsing Yun of the Fo Kuang

Shan temple in Taiwan, along with the

imminent Buddhist scholar, Dr. Ananda

Guruge, former Ambassador from Sri

Lanka to the US.

In North America, as a result of

Buddhism being primarily practiced by

the immigrant population of different

Asian cultures and their descendents,

confusion between Buddhist Dhamma

or teaching and Asian cultural traditions

has come to light. This is not the

fault of the monks coming from Asia,

where there is complete integration

between culture and religion due to

long, intertwined histories in those

countries. It is also not the fault of the

students who, having been exposed to

a particular form of Buddhism, believe

that what they have learned is Dhamma,

and not the cultural traditions that

developed in the specific country of

origin. They are unaware that there are

distinct differences in the customs and

cultures in terms of rites and rituals,

which are the ethnic “dressing” of the

Dhamma. A good example of this is

the removal of shoes before entering

all Theravada temples. In a Chinese

temple, however, if you remove your

shoes you are not allowed to enter the

temple. The student typically thinks

that the cultural custom is part of the

religion, and they have no idea that they

are really separate.

As a result, I have noticed a trend

in North America of the “Asian-ness”

being removed from the presentation

of the Buddha’s Teaching; a teaching

which is for all people and for all times.

The Buddha’s Teaching can be taught

to anyone, anywhere for its relevance

to the human condition, no matter the

time or place.

When Buddhist monks come

directly from Asian countries such as

Sri Lanka or Thailand, they usually

do not understand the basic customs

and religious traditions of the North

Americans they hope to teach. A good

example is the concept of “god,” which is

introduced to the minds of Americans at

a very young age. When the monks talk

to Americans about Buddhism having no

god, the Americans may misunderstand

such statements, and react negatively

to the teaching. The monks should be

trained before leaving Asia in the ways

and beliefs of the people in the New


in North


there are



of study



World if their activities to share the

Teachings are to be successful.

In addition, before Buddhist

monks and teachers come to North

America they should learn American

or Canadian English – or at least learn

it as soon as they can after they arrive.

This will help them avoid the inevitable

misunderstandings that arise when

the vernacular is not understood.

While their fellow countrymen may

understand perfectly the mother

tongue, the children growing up in

North America will not. They will speak

American or Canadian English with only

a basic understanding of the language of

their parents.

The founding monks at Dharma

Vijaya were foresighted in that they

initiated a Buddhist training ministry

whose ordained ministers are called

“Bodhicari.” It is not easy to be a

Bhikkhu or Bhikkhuni in Western

society, and our temples in America

do not have the resources to properly

train monks or nuns. These Bodhicari

follow the Buddha’s teachings, keep

twelve precepts, and learn the Dhamma

in order to share it with others. They

are the equivalent of the ministers of

Japanese Buddhist Jodo Shinshu or

ministers in the Protestant Methodist

church. These Bodhicari have been

practicing and working in their ministry

for over two decades.

In conclusion, I feel that Buddhism

has been successfully transplanted

in North America, and its roots have

already deeply taken hold. In the

coming decades I am quite sure that

we will witness the integration of the

benefits that the Buddha’s teaching

offers to everyone: the hope for

peace in one’s life, and freedom from

suffering. The most wonderful aspect

of Buddha sasana is that whether or not

individuals in North America choose to

become Buddhists, they can still partake

of the benefits of the Buddha’s Teaching,

which will surely enrich their lives.

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Chinese New Year meaningful

celebration at Pure Land

Temple, Taiwan….






Chinese New Year meaningfully

celebrated on February 16, 2018 at the

Pure Land Temple premises in Taipei,

Taiwan under the blessings & leading

by the Pure Land Temple Chief Master,

Most Venerable Master Shih Tsu Cheng.

Chinese New Year, also known

as the Spring Festival often called the

Lunar New Year in Asia, is an important

Chinese festival celebrated at the turn

of the traditional Chinese calendar. This

year of the Dog commences on Friday,

16 February 2018.

It is one of the World's most

prominent and celebrated festivals,

with the largest annual mass human

migration in the world & strong influence

on the lunar New Year celebrations.

Mettavalokanaya” wish to the

all over the world Chinese people wish

you happy Lunar New Year..!! “XIN NIAN

KUAI LE..!!”

Buddhika Sanjeewa

After the visit to Taipei, Taiwan

Sponsored by Malaysia Airlines

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Most Venerable Dr Dhammika

Tawalama Nayaka Thero

Chief Sangha Nayake Thero

of Switzerland - Europe, Chief

Abbot and Director of Geneva

International Buddhist Centre,


As a practical teacher of infinite

compassion and understanding, the

Buddha was always mind full of the social

and economic well-being of the masses

and wished by his advice to alleviate

the misery of the people and see that

they lived with happiness and peace.

According to the teaching of the Buddha,

economic security should go arm in

arm with spiritual values. Man should

try to seek a balance between material

and spiritual values. The changes and

improvements of the modern science

tend to make modern man more and

more worldly minded and sensuous

with result that he neglects or purposely

ignores, the qualities of the heart and

becomes self-interested and heartless.

Buddha’s saying in the


The victory creates enmity, The

defeated live in distress. The peaceful

live happily, giving up both victory and

defeat >>

As war begins in the mind of men,

we should bear in mind that we live on

a tiny speck of the universe called ‘The

earth.’ Many thinks that this earth is

progressing. We have all we need today.

Material wealth, facilities and comforts

to gratify our senses and we have experts

in all the fields. But more and more the

world is lacking in peace, harmony,

solidarity and mutual responsibility. As

the Buddha said >all

remedial means must reach the heart.

We must individually establish peace

The Buddhist perspective….

in our own heart before we carry the

message of peace to others and to the


What we need to day is to bring

about a change in man’s mind more than

a change in the environment. Since wars

begin in the mind of men, since conflicts

are the cause of war, in our quest for

peace, we have to remove the causes of


The preamble to the UNESCO

charter reminds us that ‘It is in the mind

of men that defence of peace must be

constructed. In 25 centuries ago, the

Buddha went on even much further, he

declared that all things good and evil

have their origin in the mind. Buddha

says very often should one reflect upon

one’s mind thus; For a long time has

this mind been defiled by greed, hatred

and delusion or ignorance. Mental

defilements make beings impure, mental

cleansing purifies them. Every man has a

better man within himself.

Real happiness and true peace

are synonyms. There cannot be any

happiness without peace. The goal of

the Buddha’s teaching is peace, and

above all, is the way to attainment of

peace. We all have to make a sincere

and genuine effort to spread peace,

solidarity and brotherhood of man

through the practicing the Dhamma and

remove tension arising in the name of

religion, cast, colour and other elements

of disunity and disharmony.

When speaking of the world peace,

representing of different religions have

an important role to play. Let us start this

peace movement in our own countries

both by preaching and writing on the

name of peace. We go from village to

village and town to town, society to

society and speak to the people on the

blessings of unity and peace and instruct,

enlighten and gladden them as did by

the Buddha in India 2560 years ago.

Nation must work for their own

welfare and development, but they

should also take notice of, and not

ignore the larger purpose of peace

and universal security. All nations need

peace whatever the world where they

are; For without peace there will be no

progress, no development, no harmony

in the lives of the world. When there is a

peace people can work with self-reliance

and their development is based on selfreliance.

Despite the best efforts of world

leaders, crises keep erupting. Wars kill

innocent people, the elderly and our

children die continuously, endlessly. Many

soldiers who are fighting are not there

by their own initiative; real suffering is

experienced by these innocent soldiers,

which is very sad. The sale of weaponsthousands

and thousands of types of

arm and instruments - by manufactures

in big countries fuels the violence, but

more dangerous than guns or bombs

are hatred, lack of compassion. Lack of

respect for the rights of others. As long

as hatred dwells in human mind, real

peace is impossible. Therefore, we must

do everything in order to stop war, and

rid the world of nuclear weapons.

23 centuries ago Emperor Asoka of

India inscribed on stone concord indeed is commendable,

Asoka the great followed in the footsteps

of the Buddha, who said >Be united, wrangle

not >> These are the positive utterances,

we need today more than at any other

time; for we live in an age of conflict

and war, of hatred and violence all over

the world. Never before has the need

been greater for all of us to remember

the sublimating and edifying message

of the lord Buddha and the Emperor

Asoka. Same principle of non-violence (

Ahinsa paramo Dhamma, non-violence is

the ideal practice ) used by 14 th Dalailama

in order to seek the solution of

the Tibetan issue and also Thich Nhat

Hanh contributed with this concept

to make e nd o f the V ietname se war.

Peace based on truth, love justice and

freedom. If people are just and upright,

stand to reason and face facts, the bonds

of amity and understanding among the

various nations, races, communities and

religions will greatly strengthen.

Peace through five precepts

From the Buddhist point of view,

another way of promoting peace by

following the five precepts. Buddhist or

non-Buddhists, any one observes the

minimum five precepts, abstinence from

killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying

and drunkenness bring about peace and

harmony everywhere. People do not

fear or doubt those who observe and

practise 5 precepts; for they are not

murders, thieves, immoral persons, liars

and drunkards, but good-hearted people

who try to spread peace harmony,

brotherhood and solidarity.

In a global wise how many millions

are expecting per day in the world to

protect human from the humans, as

well as for protecting of properties and

also to avoid the misbehaviour of human

acts. If the human kind would make an

effort to respect these five trainings

which are reasonable in every aspect to

every human being, the world be much

better place to live in. Man is the noblest

creature on this earth. One should regard

all other men as one’s own brothers and

sisters of the same human family with no

distinction of rank or religion or nation

or country.

We all are subject to decay and

death. Death succeeds birth and birth

succeeds death, repeating the process in

cyclic order. In this process of recurring

birth and death, life is very short and

death is certain, everything it possesses

is impermanent. Being subject to such

a realistic nature, how foolish it is for

man to quarrel over and fight with his

neighbour for minor thing!

Much of the world is now connected

by a web electronic communication and

instant information. In the 21 century

our global economy has made nation

and their people heavily dependent

upon one another. Today it is impossible

to remain isolated. So, if nation do not

have mutual respect, understanding and

friendship, there will be no peace. The

people of one nation must consider the

people of other nation to be like brother

and sisters in the same human family.

> said the Buddha who

paved the way to peace by his message

of loving kindness.

May all beings be well and happy!

May no harm come to them! May there

upward path be smooth, sure and


“We must


anger and




and a warm


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Training the Whole Mind….

Most Venerable Kakanadure

Hemalankara Nayaka Thero

The Chief Sangha Nayaka of Canada,

the Founder and Chief Abbot of

Ottawa Theravada Buddhist Vihara

and Cultural Centre in Ottawa,


When we train the mind, it’s not

just a question of using a meditation

technique to bludgeon the mind into the

present moment. If that’s our approach,

the mind is going to start rebelling,

finding ways of slipping around our

defenses, because there are times when

the meditation technique is right for

the situation and times when it isn’t.

The times when it isn’t: That’s when

the mind is going to rebel if you singlemindedly

use just that one technique

and don’t have other techniques or

approaches up your sleeve as well.

Meditation is not just a question

of technique. In training the mind, you

have to remember there’s a whole

committee in there. In the past the

committee has had its balance of power,

its likes and dislikes, and the politics

among the various voices in your mind.

Each of them has different tricks for

pushing its agenda on the rest. So just as

these defilements have lots of tricks up

their sleeves, you as a meditator need

to have lots of tricks up your sleeve, too.

One really basic trick is for when

the mind says, “I’ve got to do this. I want

to do that. I don’t want to meditate.”

You’ve got to ask, “Well why?” And

play kind of dumb, so that the mind

really has to explain itself. It’s like lesson

number one in any journalism class: If

you really want to get a good interview

out of people, you have to play dumb,

ask stupid questions, so that they think

they have to explain things to you very

carefully. And oftentimes they reveal

all kinds of things they wouldn’t have


It’s the same with your own mind.

When greed, anger, and delusion come

into the mind, they usually barge in

with a lot of force and expect to push

you right over. So one thing you have

to do is to ask, “Well, why? Why should

we follow that? Why should we want

instant gratification?” And there will be

an “of course‐ness” to their answer the

first time around. “Of course you want

it this way. Of course you want it that

way.” “Well why?” If you’re persistent

in being block‐headed like this, all

the defilements will start revealing

themselves. You’ll see how shabby they

are. You’ll be able to get around them

more easily.

It’s like training a little child.

Sometimes you have to be strict with

the child, other times you have to offer

rewards, patiently explain things. Other

times you have to make up little games.

In other words, you have to use your

full psychology with the mind. But this

time around you’re not using it for the

purpose of deception, which is what the

mind ordinarily does with itself. You’re

using it for the purpose of truth and

honesty, for what’s really in your own

best interest.

What does the wandering mind

do for you? It gives a little bit of instant

gratification and then that gratification

goes, with nothing left to show for itself.

If you keep allowing this to happen,

where are you going to pick up the skills

you’ll really need when aging, illness,

and death hit with full force? This is

why the Buddha stressed the principle

of heedfulness all the time. We can’t

just spend our time sniffing the flowers

and looking at the sky. There’s work to

be done. When the mind is untrained,

it causes us a lot of unhappiness. If

the mind is well trained, if it’s more

tractable, it can bring a lot of happiness

our way.

In order for that to happen, you

have to learn how to psyche yourself

into the mood to meditate. Once it starts

meditating and begins to see the results,

it gets more willing and tractable—most

of the time. Then there are times it

starts rebelling all over again, totally

irrationally. So you’ve got to sit down

with it again, work things through with

it again, to see exactly what issue got

covered up the last time around and is

only now getting exposed.

This is one of the ways in which

you learn a lot about your defilements.

It’s not that you have to wait for a totally

solid concentration before you can see

the defilements clearly. A lot of learning

about the defilements lies in learning

how to struggle with them as you bring

the mind to stillness. When that’s the

kind of mind you have, it’s a really good

mind to live in. We live in physical places

only for a certain amount of time but in

our own minds all the time.

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CYBA / CYBF / TYBA Celebrates

Chinese New Year in Taipei,


2018 Chinese New Year Celebration

was holding on the February 24, 2018

at CYBA (Chinese Young Buddhist

Association) in Taipei, Taiwan. As usual,

the celebration was co-organized by the

three Buddhist organizations that are

Chinese Young Buddhist Association,

Chinese Young Buddhist Foundation,

and Taipei Young Buddhist Association.

The activity began with a chanting

of the “Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva

Universal Gate from the Lotus Sutra”

led by Most Venerable Hou Xian. The

attendance of this CNY Celebration was

about 200 Buddhist fold.

The reciting of CNY Prayer and

Lights offering were led by the Chairman

of CYBF Most Venerable Ching Yao and

the President of CYBA Most Venerable

Bhiksuni Dr. Ming Yu. Most Venerable

Ching Yao gave a welcome speech to

encourage participants to learn Buddha’s

mercy and wisdom to abandon suffering

and obtain happiness.

Also, Most Venerable Ching Yao

has a great wish to introduce “Vesak

Day” (which is in May every year) to the

world, he wish Buddhists can all join to

work on the promotion. Venerable Ming

Yu wish people follow Buddha’s teaching

to be well and happy.

The program of this year’s

ceremony was quite multiple that

we had Magic show which brought

participants a lot of fun. The magician

Mr. Lai even invited several Masters

to do magic tricks on stage. Children

from Geng-Hsin Lien–Yuan education

foundation performed traditional lion

dancing, and singing with sign language

which made people very touched.

After the “Sanga Offering”

ceremony, this joyful CNY celebration

was ended by watching the Medicine

Buddha Opera and having the delicious

vegetarian buffet. Everyone even got a

“surprise grab bag” before leaving. The

ceremony goes to the end, but it’s just

another new start for the Buddhists to

go for following Buddha’s dharma.

Buddhika Sanjeewa

After the visit to Taipei, Taiwan

Sponsored by Malaysia Airlines

12 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 13

Peace inner heart makes

Clean territory….

Most Venerable Master Tsu Cheng

Chief Abbot of Pure Land Temple in

Ban Qiao, Chu Lin Temple Xin Dian

& Vice Abbot of Cih Ming Temple in

Tai Zhong in Taiwan

There are two ways to create

peace and happiness. First is external. By

obtaining better shelter, better clothes,

food and friends, we can find certain

measure of peace and happiness. But

external peace and happiness cannot

last long without its counterpart. The

second is metal development, which

yield inner peace and happiness by

practicing Buddhism.

To practicing Buddhism is not

only on the purify of our mind, but

also on bringing forth our Budhi mind

(Bodhicitta), and having great mercy on

living creatures. Our life is depended

upon the help of others. Therefore, we

also need to use any convenient method

to let people cultivate the mind and

wisdom and let their inner heart peace

and happiness.

In Vimalakirti, Buddha said that

“If we want to get the Pure Land of

Ultimate Bliss, then we should purify

our mind and keep our heart clean.”

In order to have an inner peace

and happiness, we promote Buddhist

perspective to purify people’s mind

and use Buddhist precepts to purify the

society, through learning and practicing

Buddhism in daily life. As long as our

inner heart is calm, the world we see is

the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. As long

as our heart is peaceful, our society will

become harmonious.

Most people pursue to get to the

Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss by chanting

Buddha. But they ignore that the main

reason to get to the Pure Land of

Ultimate Bliss is to self-purification that

is to wipe out their mentally slaves to

long existing opinions and traditions.

They should get rid of evil and offer

up all good conduct and enhance their

personality perfect. Tai Xu master said

that, “Perfect character can lead people

to the road of to be a Buddha.” If we

want to purify our mind and inner heart,

we should eliminate three poisons- the

greedy, hatred, and bewilder.

The Buddha said that “the world

what we see is depended on our inner

heart.” Therefore, if we want to live in

the clean territory, we should purify

our mind and inner heart first, have

a good nature, and offer up all good

conduct. Let the world fulfill the spirit

of self-altruism, and then the world will

become better.

Learning Dharma needs to be

thoroughly understood what Buddha

teaches, and needs to be practiced it in

our daily life.

There are eighty-four thousand

Dharma famennian. The most priority

of learning Dharma is bringing forth the

Buddha mind (Bodhicitta) and having

great mercy and gaining the prajna

wisdom. If so, we can get the real

advantages from Dharma and let our

mind and inner heart become peace

and our territory become clean.

“Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss by

Chanting Buddha”….

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The 25 th Anniversary

of passing away

of Venerable

Dr. Hammalawa

Saddhatissa Nayaka

Thero - Kingsbury

Temple - London….

The 25th Anniversary of the passing

away of Most Venerable Dr. Hammalawa

Saddhatissa Sangha Nayaka Thero of

United Kingdom and Europe, who was

Head of the London Buddhist Vihara

for over 25 years ceremony held at the

Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist

Centre, London, United Kingdom on

Saturday February 10, 2018.

The Ceremony at organized by

Aggamahapandita Most Venerable

Galayaye Piyadassi Nayaka Thero, the

Chief Sangha Nayaka of the UK and more

than 30 Buddhist Monks from Sri Lanka,

United Kingdom, Nepal and France

attended the All Night Pirith Chanting

and Alms offering puja.

The dhamma sermons were

delivered by Most Venerable Pahamune

Sumangala Nayaka Thero, Deputy

Secretary of the Malwatte Chapter

and Most Venerable Murungasyaye

Gnanissara Nayaka Thero, the Chief

High Priest Judiciary of France and

Chief Incumbent of the Jethavanarama

Buddhist Temple in Paris, France.

The 25th Anniversary of the

passing away of Most Venerable Dr.

Hammalawa Saddhatissa Sangha

Nayaka Thero’s ceremonies ended with

Heel Dana Alms Offering on Sunday 11,

2018 morning.

16 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 17


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l¾u myla iy ksh; ñ;Hd oDIaáh"

fuf,dj;a keye" mrf,dj;a keye"

fyd`o foal úmdl;a keye' krl fohla


The Nepalese 09th National

Gyanmala Conference held in

Kathmandu, Nepal on January 11 -

13, 2018 under the management of

Charumati Gyanmala (Devotional)

Group of Charumati Buddha Vihara,

Chabahil, Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 09 th



Conference in



of Charumati Buddha Vihar & Founder

and President of “Charumathi Buddhist

Mission” Kathmandu, Nepal, Most

Venerable Bhikkhu Tapassi Dhamma


The Advisor of All Nepalese Bhikku

Association (ANBA), Most Venerable

Dhamma Shobana, Deputy Mayor

of Kathmandu Metropolitan Khadgi

Shrestha Ms. Hari Praba, President

of Kathmandu Metropolitan word No

07, Mr. Suddha Dongol, President of

the Jhanamala Committee Mr. Kiran

Doshi, Chief Patriot of NNTC Mr.

Subarna Shakya, the Ambassador of

Sri Lanka to Nepal Her Excellency W.S.

Perera & Founder, Chairman & Chief

Editor of Mettavalokanaya Buddhist

Publications Centre, Mr. Buddhika

Sanjeewa participated as the guests of

the conference.

The conference organized by the

09th National Gyanmala Conference

organize committee President, Vice

President of the World Alliance of

Buddhists (WAB), Executive Committee

Member of All Nepal Bhikkhu

Association, the President of Cultural

Peace Walk committee, the Chief Abbot

That was the first conference

successfully organized by Buddhist

Monk in Nepal. Most Venerable Bhikkhu

Tapassi Dhamma Thero taken the golden

opportunity & organized & managed

everything superbly. More than 2000

devotees were representatives in all

districts in Nepal also participated this

grand conference.

National Gyanmala Committee has

been organizing Gyanmala conference

every 3 year. Charumati Gyamala

Group is honored to assume the role

of management of this great Buddhist

event this year.

Buddhika Sanjeewa

After visit to Nepal

Sponsored by Air India

20 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 21



walk in



The special Buddhist walk

held on January 12, 2018 under the

management of Charumati Gyanmala

(Devotional) Group of Charumati

Buddha Vihara, Chabahil, Kathmandu,

Nepal. The Gyanmala Group is the

devotional singing group of Buddhist

communities that convey the message

of Buddhism and narrate stories of Lord

Buddha through singing devotional

songs. The Gyamala Group associated

to Buddhist viharas visit communities,

places with Buddhist shrines, etc. singing

the glory of Lord Buddha and Buddhism.

This has been a culture and a great way

to promote Buddhism and Buddhist

teachings in local communities.

22 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 23

The World

Alliance of

Buddhists (WAB)

01 st Executive

Council Meeting

in Bagan,


The World Alliance of Buddhists

(WAB) 01st Executive Council Meeting

held successfully at Bagan, Myanmar

on January 20 - 25, 2018. This meeting

held under the leadership by Most

Venerable Palawadhammo (Dr. Pornchai

Pinyapong), the President of World

Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) & jointly

hosted by Honorary President of WAB

and Chief Abbot of Aungzabu Tawya

Dhamma Center, Yangon Most Venerable

Pandawontha Maha Sadhamajotikadaja

Aungzabu Bhikkhu and Dr. Daw Hnin

Hnin Aye, Vice President of both

WAB and Abhidhamma University of

Myanmar. International Organization’s

Esteemed Executive Council members

participated this meeting at Bagan,


Buddhika Sanjeewa

After visit to Myanmar

24 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 25

The World

Alliance of

Buddhists (WAB)

Alms Offering to

20,000 Monks

in Mandalay,


The World Alliance of Buddhists

(WAB) with Myanmar - Thai friendship

merit makes Alms offered to 20,000

Monks on January 21, B.E. 2560 (2018)

at Mandalay Chanmyathazi Airport

premises, Myanmar. This Alms offering

ceremony was successfully jointly

organized by Myanmar Government &

Dhammakaya Foundation. Honorary

President of WAB and Chief Abbot

of Aungzabu Tawya Dhamma Center,

Yangon Most Venerable Pandawontha

Maha Sadhamajotikadaja Aungzabu

Bhikkhu and Most Venerable

Palawadhammo (Dr. Pornchai

Pinyapong), the President of World

Alliance of Buddhists (WAB), Dr. Daw

Hnin Hnin Aye, Vice President of both

WAB and Abhidhamma University

of Myanmar & thousands of people

from Myanmar and Thailand were

participated this special Alms Offering


Buddhika Sanjeewa

After visit to Myanmar

Photographs by

Sakulpat Suwannop

Pensiri Mahasutthikul

Dhammakaya Media Channel

Department (DMC)

26 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 27

The World Alliance of Buddhists

(WAB) Robes & Necessities

Offering to 3,500 Nuns in

Mandalay, Myanmar….

The World Alliance of Buddhists

(WAB) with Myanmar - Thai friendship

merit makes Robes & Necessities

Offering to 3,500 Nuns on January

22, B.E. 2560 (2018) at Mandalay

Kyauktawgyi Buddha Temple premises,

Myanmar. Honorary President of

WAB and Chief Abbot of Aungzabu

Tawya Dhamma Center, Yangon

Most Venerable Pandawontha Maha

Sadhamajotikadaja Aungzabu Bhikkhu

and Most Venerable Palawadhammo

(Dr. Pornchai Pinyapong), the President

of World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB),

Dr. Daw Hnin Hnin Aye, Vice President

of both WAB and Abhidhamma

University of Myanmar & thousands

of people from Myanmar and Thailand

were participated this special Offering


Buddhika Sanjeewa

After visit to Myanmar

28 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 29

Most Venerable Mandawala

Pannawansa Thera

The Consultant & Mediation Master

of Washington Buddhist Vihara,

Washington DC, United State of

America (USA)

In the Western world of today

there is a famous expression: “Living in

the present moment” They also says:

“Here and now!” Most of the people

who use these expressions do not

know their origin. They come from the

‘Satipatthana Sutta’. In Sanskrit there is

the word: Kshana, the shortest possible

moment. Life is a sum of Kshanas. Past is

gone and future has not yet come. The

only moment that exists is the Present.

Therefore we should live in the

present moment. Sages like Buddha

who live in the present moment are not

swayed by past worries and unending

future projects. Meditation is living in

the present moment. A Brahmin comes

to Buddha and asks about his spiritual

practice. In response to his question

Buddha says: we eat, we sleep, we walk


Then Brahmin replies: we also do

the same thing. At the Brahmin’s answer

Buddha says: But there is a difference;

when we eat we know that we eat, when

we sleep we know that we sleep, when

we walk we know that we walk. This is

meditation. In Buddhism there are three

words which are very important: Smruti;

Samadhi; Prajna

01. Smruti is Mindful awareness

02. Samadhi is Concentration

03. Prajna is Transcendental


In meditation we should be

mindful of our every action. In our

daily life mindful awareness offers

Meditation and Medicine….

us tranquillity and inner peace. For

instance, a housewife can chop her

vegetables by being aware of chopping

vegetables without being mentally

vagabond. If she continues this way she

practises meditation without thinking

that she is in meditation! Some people

are of the opinion that one has to be

older to sit in meditation. This concept

is utterly false and baseless. We have to

meditate because we need it. We need


Otherwise everyone becomes

mad. If a surgeon who is cutting open a

skull of a patient happens to think of his

home while the operation is being done

the patient’s life would be in danger. He

has to be absorbed in his action. He has

to be mindful of what he is doing. That

is meditation. This is being in Smruti or

Sati. While in meditation one can come

to a point where he or she understands

that there is no separation between him

or her and the rest of the world.

He or she thus understands nonduality

through which automatically

arises compassion. That is why in

Buddhism Prajna and Karuna are

complementary. (Transcendental

wisdom and Compassion) It is

noteworthy to mention that the word

charity is derived from Karuna (Karunacaritas-charity)

While you continue

to be in Smruti (mindfully aware)

automatically Samadhi (concentration)

comes about. While you are in perfect

Samadhi, one day Prajna (transcendental

wisdom) arises.

This is the realisation of truth and

then you are not shaken by ups and

downs of the life. You are safe from all

the vicissitudes of fortune. The face

of the Buddha is always wreathed in a

slight smile! He is not shaken by outside

ups and downs. Analysis and reasoning

are not connected to meditation. In

Meditation you become an observer

who does not judge! Just be an observer,

as if you are standing by the side of the

road watching the traffic-no judgment,

no evaluation, no condemnation, no

appreciation-just pure observation.

The meditator surpasses death and he

experiences the eternity in the Kshana.

Please read the following poem of

William Blake:

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour”

The Austrian scientist Erwin Schrodinger

writes thus:

“Eternally and forever, there is

only Now; this one and immutable Now;

the Present is the only thing which has

no end.”

It is interesting to know that

Meditation and Medicine are from the

same language root. In Sanskrit too

Vyadhi and Samadhi are of the same

root. Our ancestors had understood the

fact that the meditation is a therapy.

Today in many hospitals in the USA

meditation is practised as a means of

treatment. At present, Neurotheology

(a new science discipline) studies the

changes that take place in the brain while

in meditation. Scientists have found that

simple change of thought process would

bring about radical changes inside brain.

In other words, the effects of meditation

are scientifically proved.

Enlightenment can be studied

and is scientifically proved. One easy

meditation method is Anapanasati.

You become aware of your breath. You

can meditate on your in-breath and

out-breath. While you continue this

awareness your mind calms down.

Especially, we are not sufficiently

attentive to our breathing. It is this

breath that makes us grow, makes our

bones solid, but we are not paying due

attention to it. We are not grateful to

our life-giver. We just let it happen. If

you start to breathe mindfully then your

mental and physical health ameliorates.

Meditation relieves karma.

In many languages the word for the

soul and mind is the same as breathing.

01. Anima, Spiritus (Latin)

02. Pneuma, Psyche (Greek)

03. Ruah (Hebrew)

Atman is the German verb for

breathing! (Atman is soul in Sanskrit!)

Buddha: In this fathom long body I

see the world, its birth and its extinction.

Socrates: Know yourself then you

will know gods and the world.

Jesus: The Kingdom of God is in


Mohamed: One who knows

himself will know the God.

Jalal Uddin Rumy: I looked around

me to see the God, but He was not there,

then I looked into me and He was there:

Nietzsche: The Kingdom of God is

a state which forms itself inside heart.

Most Venerable Wathogala

Dhammika Nayaka Thero

The Chief High Priest Judiciary

of Italy and Chief Incumbent of

Brescia Buddhist Temple in Italy,

Royal Pandith

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wh ta ksid u wd.ñl j;dj;aj,

fhfo;s' mrf,dj Ôú;h iemj;a lr

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lr .ekSfï taldhk n,dfmdfrd;a;=j


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wi,ajeishka" mqrjeishka jYfhka wmf.a

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hq;=lï rdYshla wmf.a ffoksl Ôú;hg

tl;= ù we;' biamdiqjla ke;s ;rug

f.dv .eiS we;s fujeks lghq;= w;rg

wd.ñl ùu b;d wmyiq lghq;a;la f,i

fndfyda fokd l,amkd lr;s' fï ksid

wd.ñl ùu Ôú;fha úY%dñl wjêhg

wh;a lghq;a;la f,i we;eïyq i

The Head Monk of Ooyin Pariyatti

Monastery and University of Global

Peace, Yankin Hill, Patheingyi Town,

Mandalay, Myanmar, Most Venerable

Sayadaw Bhaddanta Dr.Zawtika

Thero celebrated his 59th Birthday

meaningfully on January 28, 2018.

A group of 420 Theros also

engaged in a ‘pindapatha’ procession in

line with the celebrations on that day. It

was very colorful event on the day.

Most Venerable Sayadaw

Bhaddanta Dr.Zawtika was born on (10)

waxing day of Tapotwe, (1320), January

28, 1959 in the township of Ngazun,

Mandalay Division, in central Myanmar.

At the age of ten, he was ordained

as a sāmanera (novice) under the abbot

of Theintaw Monastery Sayadaw U

Nyāna by supporting of his parents and

at the age of (12), he was conveyed from

Letpankyin village to U Nandobhāsa

who is a lecturer of Mahāzawtikāyāma

Monastery, Monywa Town by the

Shwemokehtaw Sayadaw U Vannita.

However, he became a layperson again

at the age of (17) and (18). He made a

living as a cultivator together with his

parents during these two years. At the

age of (19) and (6) months, he went to

Monywa in order to offer vegetable oil

for Okekantawya Sayadaw.

Fortunately, he was ordained as a

sāmanera (novice) again by supporting

of Okekantawya Sayadaw. At the age of

(19) and (8) months, he later received

his higher ordination as a Buddhist monk

under the patronage of Okekantawya

Sayadaw Bhaddanta Nandobhāsa

Mahāthera. The patron-donors then

for the Venerable Bhaddanta Zawtika

were Daw Kyaw Kyaw and Daw Khway

who live in the Southern part of

Chanmyatharsee, Monywa Town. His

parents took novitiation ceremony and

ordination again for him on the full

moon day of Pyartho in that year.

The teachers and the places

he studied are as follow; Theintaw

Monastery Sayadaw U Nyāna and

Shwemokehtaw Monastery Sayadaw

U Vannita in Letpankyin village,

Sayadaw U Candasiri, the head monk of

Mahāzawtikāyāma Taik and lecturers,

the great chief monk of Okekantawya

Monastery Sayadawgyi and his lecturers,

assistant lecturers in Monywa Town,

the head monk of Sāsanamandaing

Sayadaw U Pannājota and lecturers in

Bago Town, Sayadaw U Sudassana and

Sayadaw U Vepulla in Mahāvijaya Pali

University, Pakokku Town, Sayadaw

Most Venerable




Thero’s 59 th

Birthday Alms

offering for

420 monks in


U Sirindabhivamsa, the head monk

of New Masoeyein Monastery,

Sayadaw U Kesarābhivamsa, Sayadaw

U Kovidābhivamsa, Pitakanayūpadesa

Monastery, the first Masoeyein in

Mandalay and so on. The teachers

mentioned above are from primer to

Pahtamange, Pahtamalat, Pahtamagyi

and Dhammacariya.

In addition to these teachers,

for studying M.A (Master of Arts)

there are also his English and Chinese

teachers who are the older becoming

and temporary monk, U Tejavanta in

Okekan Forest Monastery, Sutaungpyae

Sayadaw U Kelasiri in Hinthar Village,

Ayartaw Town, U Nar Than (Professor,

University of Monywa), U Carana, U

Candimar and Mr.Oliba at Buddhist and

Pali University in SriLanka.

For his doctoral thesis and Ph.D.

(Doctor of Philosophy), these are his

teachers who are the rector Sayadaw,

Dr.Nandamālābhivamsa (University of

Abhidhamma), Supervisor Sayadaw,

Dr.Acinna, (Sulatpyae), (Professor,

University of Abhidhamma) and the

Head of Department, International

Theravāda Buddhist Missionary

University, Sayadaw Dr.Dhammapiya

(Mettānanda Ngarkyanpyan), External

examiner (Professor, Head of Pariyatti

Department, International Theravāda

Buddhist Missionary University) and so

forth. He studied Chinese language from

the great teacher, U Aung Nyein Chan at

Kyintawya, Mandalay.

The higher examinations he

passed are Pahtamange, Pahtamalat,

Pahtamagyi, Dhammācariya, M.A

(Master of Arts) at Buddhist and Pāli

University (B.P.U) in SriLanka, Ph.D

(Doctor of Philosophy) at the University

of Abhidhamma.

The missions he has been

performing are a secretary of the

Organization of Yankin Hill trustee

and the Conservancy Council of Rule

and Regulation for twenty years, a

secretary of the association of Township

Samghanāyaka for three years, a

warden of township monastic education

group for three years, the chairman and

a secretary of Patheingyi Township Pali

Pahtamapyan examination invigilators

for eight years, a person in authority

of divisional Dhamma School wardens,

the unity of the whole Myanmar

Samgha University and College, the

chair of working committee. Apart from

Township Samghanāyaka, Bha/Ka, Pali

Pahtamapyan association, he is still

serving the other Buddhist missionary


His particular missionary

activities are a lecturer for seven

years at Okekantawya Monastery,

Monywa, a founder and a leader of

Ooyin Pariyatti Monastery, Yankin hill,

Patheingyi, Mandalay, a main lecturer

of International Institute of Abhidhama

(Mandalay Branch) for nine years, a

professor for one year, and an instructor

of Dhamma Literature Training School

for laymen regarding Abhidhamma,

Pahtan, Dhamma- cakkapavattanasutta

and Mahāsatipatthana Course etc.

Moreover, he occasionally taught

English Training Course to the monks

and novices at the other monasteries

namely Okekantawya Monastery

Monywa, Mahābodhi Monastery,

Insein Ywama Monastery in Yangon and

Masoeyein Monastery in Mandalay.

Therefore, he has been teaching Pali

and English not only monks and novices

but also laymen for thirty four years

from getting his Dhammacariya degree

up to now.

He also attempted to establish new

branch teaching monasteries, Yengone

Pariyatti Monastery near Yankin hill,

Patheingyi Township and Ayemya Ooyin

Pariyatti Monastery, Sagaing Town for

his senior pupils.

From 2008 until here, he has been

serving as a lectureship at International

Institute of Abhidhamma (I.I.A). He

started opening College of Global Peace

(C.G.P), Diploma in English Course

together with 120 students at his

Pariyatti monastery in the year 2015.

His holiness venerable sayadaw Zawtika

was awarded World Harmony Award by

the Parliament of the World’s Religions

in May 26 , 2015.

His objective is able to begin

University of Global Peace (U.G.P) in

the late this year, 2018. Therefore, he

has started running of constructions

of his new university. His outstanding

thirty six students have been dispatched

to SriLanka in order to study for M.A

course. Among them, thirty were

already graduated from there.

The Maha Sangha presided by the

Most Venerable Sayadaw Bhaddanta

Dr.Zawtika Thero and more than 420

other Venerable Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni

Sangha participated for this grand


Mettavalokanaya” wish to the

Most Venerable Sayadaw Bhaddanta

Dr.Zawtika Thero all the best of luck in

his future endeavors. Sending you the

blessings of Buddha, Dharma & Sangha

with Metta for good health and long live

!! “Suki Deegauko Bava”

Buddhika Sanjeewa

After the visit to Myanmar

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Most Venerable Master Shih Ming

Kuang (Chen Chih Ming)

The Ta Hsiuang Monastery Chief

Master, Vice President Buddhist

Association of Republic of China

The third-generation abbot of

Haixia Temple in Qianxia Mountain,

namely the current Abbot, Mingguang

Master, and the common surname Chen

Mingzhiming, born in the 41st year of

the Republic of China, in the woods of

Taipei County. They have made great

efforts to learn from the small ones.

The junior high school of Renai, and the

Jianguo High School, was then admitted

to the Department of Statistics of the

University of Zhongxing.

After graduating from university,

they served in the military service

military police. They continued to study

after retiring and were admitted to the

Institute of Management Sciences of

the Jiaotong University to graduate with

a master's degree. This is because the

mage is In Shukoku Senior High School,

when he was trying to enter university;

he came to the woods and studied at

the Haiming Temple. He was deeply

concerned and cared by the elders of

the Haiming Temple, and he became a

teacher of the Heavenly Kingdom. Seed,

after attending university, he will be

converted to Sambo, and Ms. Li Wuming

will become a teacher and become a


After the graduated from the

Institute, the Master was seven years

old. In the sixty-seven years of the

Republic of China, he became a monk and

became a teacher. He took the majestic

priesthood as a teacher. In December of

that year, he was given a full ordination

at the Songshan Temple in Taipei.

Buddhism and Ming Kuang

Master’s Life….

After the ordination of the Master, the

Master studied Buddhist doctrine. In

the 69th year of the Republic of China,

he studied at the Senior Research Class

of the Ten Party Conservancy College

and graduated from the senior class for

three years. When he was close, he was

the elders of the Dean and the president

of the hospital, Nan Huai’s elders. In the

72nd year of the Republic of China, he

was thirty-one years old.

After his abdication, he felt that

the Dharma should be proclaimed

more diversified and in different ways.

In the 73 years since the beginning

of the Republic of China, Buddhist

children's summer camps, Buddhist

youth meetings, women's associations,

Guanyin choirs, Buddhist lectures,

etc. The introduction of Dharma into

the society and the various Buddhist

activities were quite successful. In

1987, the country was invited to host a

children's summer camp at Zhuangyan

Temple in New York, USA. In 1979, he

was appointed abbot of the New York

Dajue Temple in the United States.

In the Republic of China in 1982 and

1987, he served as the representative

for the second and third sessions of the

National Assembly.

In 1982, he was appointed as

the Abbot of the United States in New

York City, Zhuangyan Temple, and took

over as President of the American

Buddhist Association and Abbot of the

Huguosi Temple in the United States. In

1984, he was appointed abbot of the

Taichung Zhongtian Temple. In 1991, he

was appointed as the third generation

abbot of the Haiming Temple of Qianxia

Mountain and connected to the old

Buddhist monk Shi Wuming in Shanghai.

In 1994 and 98 respectively, He was

elected as the 13th and 14th Chairman

of the Buddhist Association of Taipei

City. In 101st year of the Republic of

China, the Master received a Ph.D. in

Honor of Buddhism from Thailand’s

Chulalongkorn University of Technology.

In the same year, he was employed as

a state policy adviser to the Presidential


The Master is currently the Vice

Chairman of the Buddhist Association

of China, Chairman of the World

Buddhist Sangha Promotion Committee,

Chairman of the Society for Economic

Development of the World Buddhist

Association, Chairman of the Haixia

Temple of Qianxia Mountain, Abbot of

the Huguo Temple of the United States,

Abbot of the Ruyi Temple of Australia,

and the North Casting Daci Temple

Abbot, Sun Moon Lake Xuanzang Temple

Abbot, American Marilin Zen Academy

Lecturer, Taichung Zhongtian Temple

Abbot, Taipei Daxiong Fine House

Abbot. Looking at the mage from the

moment of the monk’s diligence, taking

the spirit of promoting the housework as

the mission, Lee Sang as the goal of his

career, he organized various activities to

introduce the Dharma into the society,

enlightened the minds of the world, and

devoted himself to the aspirations of

Buddhism, which was a model for later


Ming Guang Master's Buddhahood

Mingguang Master Taiwanese

County, Taiwan, born in 1952, graduated

in 1978, graduated from the Institute of

Management Sciences at the National

Chiao Tung University in 1979. He is

currently the executive director of the

Republic of China Buddhist Association,

the chairman of the World Buddhist

Sangha Youth Committee, the abbot of

Daxiong Jingshe, the chairman of the

American Buddhist Association, and

the abbot of the Zhongtian Temple

in Taichung. He has served as the

American Buddhist Association Dajue

Temple and the Abbot of Zhuangyan

Temple for nearly ten years. His major

works include "Systematic Views on

the Principles of Buddhist Studies" and

"Overview of the Taiwanese Buddhist

Children's Education in the Republic of

China", "Buddhism and Life" and other


The wizards entered the gate

of Buddhism. They actually entered

this level of Christianity. The reason

is that the affinity of Christianity is

relatively high. From the old people

to the children, they all have a set of

communication methods. They attach

great importance to education, and

they begin Sunday school with children.

There are a variety of ways to go to youth

fellowships and go to school choirs to

worship on Sundays. The wizard had

participated in Sunday School because

of his curiosity. He felt that the story of

the Bible was good; he entered junior

high school and began to participate in

juvenile fellowship. The teacher liked to

sing and lived in the campus choir. The

priest and the priest are very kind, so

after they went there they liked it. Every

week they went and unknowingly had

a deeper understanding of the biblical

teachings. The mages were in this

environment and they were The pursuit

of planting seeds, even think that being

a pastor is also very sacred.

Drums and bells wash the heart

During the high school graduation

preparations for the college entrance

examination, the Master went to the

Haiming Temple in the woods for a

period of time to concentrate on his

studies. He started to eat fast with the

Master every morning and listened

to the gong and drum bells. He felt

very cool and special. At that time,

an interesting picture was reading

in the Buddhist temple in the




is most


morning. Participate in fellowships.

After graduating from university, in

the second year of studying the institute,

he wanted to find a clean place to write

a thesis. At this time, the mage thought

of the temple. There happened to be a

cause. The friend introduced the mage

to the Daxiong Garden House on the

four-dimensional road to hang up the

list. Days are a good time for the Master

to gradually develop in Buddhism. The

Master participates in Master's morning

and evening classes and gradually reads

the Buddhist scriptures. Especially when

reading the chants of high chants, it is

full of joy and joy. Words and deeds are

full of admiration for the founder of the

Druids. The seeds of the original pursuit

of truth, after seeing the chanting of

Gao Du, were inspired by the bottom.

Resolutely leave home for no regrets

As the top ranked at home, but

also by higher education, parents'

expectations and the responsibility

of the court, is waiting for the Master

to complete, and the Dharma is like

a magnificent Baoshan, if you want

to know the content of Baoshan, you

have to whole-heartedly Investing,

climbing on your own, looking up in

the mountains is not conducive to the

pursuit of truth. After some decision,

the Master resolutely became a monk.

At that time, he did bring great trouble

to his family. He could not explain it

on the spot. He had to rely on time to

prove that when he told his family, "I

will definitely return!" However, I had to

come back. The other way was to walk

past and come back and tell everyone

how to go. From the time he was a

monk to the present, for a full twentyone

years, although the Master himself

had not yet gone, it was okay. His family

members had followed.

It was originally thought that they

would lose their family. Now it seems

that it is not like that. The Master said

modestly: “I am like everyone else, and

I still work hard in this red light.” This

is our current president, Ming Guang

Master! Since 1989, the Master has

been busy traveling to and from New

York and Taipei. In 1990, the Master

was appointed as the abbot of the

Dajueji Temple at the invitation of

the American Buddha Association.

In 1992, he became the abbot of the

Zhuangyan Temple. Since 1988, the

Master overcame limited manpower

and material resources to open a

children's and youth's Buddhist

summer camp in Zhuangyan Temple.

He created a precedent for the

children of the United States and

Canada to study Buddhism. The

summer camp was led by the

Master himself and became a

schoolchildren's favorite. !

The children who study

Buddhism will not be bad, and

education will start from the

seedlings. For every summer

vacation, the Master will always

walk across the Taiwan Strait, the

two sides of the United States

and East Asia, and even all parts

of Southeast Asia, to contribute his

compassion and love to the next

generation! In addition to paying

for the next generation, the virtues of

the respect and honor of the Master

are respected by everyone. Whenever

he sees him at the solemn temple, he

always smiles, respects the elderly, and

cares for the young. In his gestures!

34 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 35

Sugath Rajapakse

Formerly Senior Commercial

Manager at Sri Lankan Airlines and

presently Consultant to Air India

GSA in Sri Lanka.

There are host of definitions today

to describe a living city. According to, It is a platform

for the future when buildings talk to one

another. Other definitions of the same

site are, an exploration of the vitality

of the city through new forms of public

space-air and facade, a prototype façade

that breathes in response to air quality.

Other definitions of other people are

such as you live in urban core, when a

cow crossing the street is replaced by

bumper to bumper traffic etc. www. Then there are definitions

about ancient cities. The word City is

derived from the Latin word civitas.

According to Professor M.E.

Smith of Arizona state university a

city is described as "The demographic

definition, based on the concepts

of Louis Wirth, identifies cities as

large, dense settlements with social

heterogeneity", meaning that they are

defined as large communities of people

who have decided to live together for a

common purpose under laws observed

by all. Also according to Joshua J Mark,

in the study of the ancient world a

City is generally defined as a large

populated urban center of commerce

and administration with a system of

laws and, usually, regulated means of

sanitation. However according to him

this is only one definition and there can

be many more.

With regard to the definition of

sacred city, as per Cambridge Dictionary,

is considered to be holy and deserving

Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

The Living City….

respect, especially because of a

connection with a god. Also according

to Reverso Dictionary sacred city can

be defined in many ways, such as

exclusively devoted to a deity or to

some religious ceremony or use; holy;

consecrated worthy of or regarded with

reverence, awe, or respect; protected

by superstition or piety from irreligious

actions; connected with or intended for

religious use.

With regard to the city of

Anuradhapura there are three areas, the

New Town, the Old Town and the Sacred

City. All the venerated places in the city

today are in the sacred city. But is the

city of Anuradhapura a scared city? Also

in the Sinhala version it is termed as

Pooja Nagaraya. In my understanding,

none of these terms describe the city of

Anuradhapura. In fact, Anuradhapura is

probably the only living city in this world

with 2,300 years of history. Why do I say


There are many definitions to living

such as having a life, active, functioning,

do for a living etc. in short the right living

is about the present moment and not the

past or the future. In the Sakunaggi Sutra

(the Hawk), Enlightened One extolled us

to live in the present moment and be

in the Paternal Territory and not in the

Territory of Mara by digressing to past

or future all the time. Also in the Baddha

Eka Raththa (One Right Moment) Sutra

too it is well explained on how one lives

in the present moment.

So how can a city be a living city?

It can be living only if the city as a whole

is in the present moment all the time.

The city of Anuradhapura has been

living always in the present moment in

all its 2300+ years. Yet someone might

say this is wrong as the city is more than

2,300 years old. From the time Arahath

Mahinda Thero came to this country

and expounded the sublime Dhamma

to the King Devanampiyathissa and his

followers, despite the many invasions

of the nation by foreign forces, the city

of Anuradhapura lived in the present


That has been achieved through

the practice and following on the path

of the sublime Dhamma. When Buddha

was dwelling in Pavarika Mango grove

in Nalanda, a householder named

Kewadda reqested that a Bhikku be

appointed to his area who can perform

miracles. Enlightened One refused

and told him there are three forms of

miracles, Iddi Prathihar or performing

acts such as going by air, walking over

water or diving into earth, Aadesana

Prathihar or reading minds of others,

both which Buddha rejected but said

only Anusasana Prathihar is the only

way. What is Anusasana Prathhar? it

is explained by Enlightened One as,

evan vitakketha, ma evan vitakkaitha,

evan manasikarotha, ma evan

manasskaththa, idan pajahatha, idan

upasajjantha viharatha. Have these

thoughts and not these, contemplate

these and not these and live in this way

and not in this way. All of these mean

virtue, concentration and wisdom and

what leads to these three, and that

is why we are told to come and see

Dhamma and comprehend by self.

As we all know the Dhamma

is Swakkhatha to be done here and

liberation of nirvana is here and now

and not Durakkhatha to be done later,

to be seen and comprehended now in

this life (sandittika) as opposed to after

this life in the next life (samparayika),

(akalika) timeless as it applied to then,

applies to now and will apply to future.

As the Dhamma is here and now

one can come and see with wisdom,

get ever closer to the truth moment

by moment, and is for the wise to

comprehend from self with these very

six agencies. (Swakkhatho Bhagavatha

Dhammo Sandittiko Akaliko Ehipassiko

Opanaiko Pachachaatthan Wedithabbo

Vinnuhithi.) In the initial days of the

city, there were Arahath Bhikkus and

Bhikkunis. But later even when no such

enlightened Bhikkus or Bhikkunis were

there, the sublime Dhamma continued

its existence in the present moment

through Virtue, Concentration and

Wisdom of the lay persons. Despite the

many years when Anuradhapura was

under the control of foreign invaders or

during the days when Portuguese, the

Dutch followed by English ruled either

part or whole country or when famine

struck this nation, the Bhikkus and the

lay disciples kept the sublime Dhamma

living through practice.

Even today there are many yogis

who practice Mindfulness and Vipassana

Meditation and walking on the path to

ultimate purification at locations in the

city. But for some inexplicable reason,

of late the practice of Dhamma seems

to be relegated with Pooja or offering to

the Sri Maha Bodhi and the many Stupas

taking prominence. Indeed, in my recent

visit to the city in October 2017 what I

noticed was the Poojas of long saffron

robes to Ruwanweli Stupa or offering

of flowers, lighting oil lamps and

incense sticks and recitation of stanzas.

Often one can witness such offerings

where tens of thousands of flowers

or thousands of Parishkara are being

offered at Ruwanweli and other Stupas

or at Sri Maha Bodhi. Such veneration

can be classified into Aamisa Pooja. The

word Aamisa in Marghadi Language

refers to a hook. In fact, with these

venerations we get hooked on to this

inglorious Samsara and with no escape.

But on the other hand by walking the

path to purification through Virtue,

Concentration and Meditative Wisdom

a yogi can find ultimate solace or at least

clear the first hurdle of Stream Entry in

this very life without procrastinating and

seeking the ultimate bliss of Nirvana in

a future life as is done by many at the

present time.

Indeed, the two week retreat that I

did in October this year was participated

by many from foreign climes as well

as even Sri Lankans of other faiths.

Meditation Mindfulness and Vipassana

also is the path to the Ten Parami. A

person who decides to walk this path

would first observe either 5 precepts,

8 livelihood precepts or the 8 precepts

observed on Poya days. Steeped in

virtue and abiding in 6 senses restraint,

the yogi has to let go of the many

comforts enjoyed at home, be happy

with the frugal food and not partake

meals in the night and be happy with

the living quarters with just basic needs.

Also one has to give up telephones, TV,

newspapers and chatting with others

and practice noble silence. Abiding in

this way yogi will meditate and develop

meditative wisdom by striving with great

effort. Such a meditative yogi through

development of wisdom will develop

forbearance and not be irritable. With

Mindfulness one develops insight and

through that begin to realize the truth of

the arising and ceasing of all conditioned

things. With the development of the

higher mind traits one develops unfailing

determination to go on this sublime

path come what may. With forbearance

developed one begin to build loving

kindness to all living beings and will be

most virtuous. These great attributes

lead the yogi to build equanimity and

imbibed by all these higher mind traits

one develops selfless giving devoid of

any craving and expectations.

People who practice meditation

especially in Anuradhapura will realize

that great positive energies are still

present in the locality due to following

in the path of sublime Dhamma by

Arahath Bhikkus and Bhikkunis, the nonreturners,

once returners, the stream

enterers and the mundane people, and

energize even present day meditative

yogis. Meditators over the years with

their compassion, loving-kindness and

equanimity mind radiation always have

had a positive impact on the four Maha

Bhutha of Pathavi or hardness, Apo or

liquidity, Thejo or heat Wayo or air/

oscillation. These four foundations

found in differing amounts in this

planet earth due to the positive vibes of

meditation yogis will not react resulting

in a peaceful and happy environment.

Any person who is on this right path will

immediately realize this factor when he

or she enters the living city.

From a tourism perspective, with

our nation receiving millions of tourists

the authorities should get the message

across to the whole world. Also all

hotel in and around the city should be

encouraged to have short sessions on

Mindfulness Meditation to say the least

for about an hour a day so that those

tourists who wish to take part can do so.

Mind wellness is the forerunner

to physical wellness. Meditation builds

mind wellness and enable people to

overcome the plaguing mental stress

that is so prevalent in the society today.

Report for the year 2016 on facts

pertaining to 2014 situation of the

Mental Health Foundation UK states,

“This year’s Fundamental Facts follows

the recent publication of the 2014 Adult

Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS).

This highlights that, every week, one in

six adults experiences symptoms of a

common mental health problem, such

as anxiety or depression, and one in

five adults has considered taking their

own life at some point. Nearly half of

adults believe that, in their lifetime,

they have had a diagnosable mental

health problem, yet only a third have

received a diagnosis. The APMS brings

to the fore the widening gap between

the mental health of young women and

young men. Women between the ages

of 16 and 24 are almost three times as

likely (at 26%) to experience a common

mental health problem as their male

contemporaries (9%) and have higher

rates of self-harm, bipolar disorder and

posttraumatic stress disorder. This is

clearly an issue that needs a deeper look

and a strategy for addressing the factors

that are causing it.”

Recent events in our planet bear

testimony to the absence of mindfulness

in human beings. A 16 years old boy is

alleged to have killed his mother and 11

years old sister at their flat in Greater

Noida India. The boy is said to be under

the influence of “High School Gangster

Escape Game” involving violence. In

USA last year 2017, 01 October a sniper

attacked a concert killing 59 people

and injuring 529 others. On 31 October

attacker drove vehicle into people on a

bike path killing 8 and injuring 12 people.

Then on 5th November shooting attack

in a church during worship service killed

27 people while 30 others were injured.

Then we all know of the killing of 17

school children and adults at a school

in Florida by a boy who was expelled

earlier from the school. Even in Sri

Lanka the stress factor is taking its toll.

A little argument resulted in killing of

a husband by his spouse in November.

In the same month a man travelling in

a Three Wheeler was shot dead. Early

December two people shot dead a 42

years old lady. All this bear testimony to

the fast disappearing loving-kindness,

compassion etc. due to absence of


The best treatment one can have

is Meditation and what better place

than the Living City of Anuradhapura, Sri


36 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 37

Special Blessing

Ceremony for

Chinese New Year

at Ta Hsiuang



Chinese New Year blessing special

ceremony held on February 18, 2018

at the Ta Hsiuang Monastery premises

in Taipei, Taiwan under the blessings &

leading by the Ta Hsiuang Monastery

Chief Master, Vice President Buddhist

Association of Republic of China, Most

Venerable Master Shih Ming Kuang

(Chen Chih Ming).

Most Venerable Palawadhammo

(Dr. Pornchai Pinyapong), the President

of World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB)

& Most Venerable Bhiksuni Dr. Ming

Yu, the President of Chinese Young

Buddhist Association in Taiwan & the

Honorary Adviser of the World Alliance

of Buddhists (WAB) and President of

the Outstanding Women in Buddhism

Awards also joint as invites Guests.

Chinese New Year, also known

as the Spring Festival often called the

Lunar New Year in Asia, is an important

Chinese festival celebrated at the turn

of the traditional Chinese calendar. This

year of the Dog commences on Friday,

16 February 2018.

It is one of the World's most

prominent and celebrated festivals,

with the largest annual mass human

migration in the world & strong influence

on the lunar New Year celebrations.

Buddhika Sanjeewa

After the visit to Taipei, Taiwan

Sponsored by Malaysia Airlines

38 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 39

Most Venerable Master

Shih Ching Yao

The President of CHING-HUA Society

Improvement Foundation, President

of PHU-SIEN Benevolence Charity

Home, President of The China

International Offering Ceremony to

All Buddha’s and Sangha’s Association

(CIBSA), , Chief Master, Abbot &

President of the CI-FA Buddhist

Temple in Taiwan

The World Famous Respectful

& Great Master….

Ching Yao was born in 1954 in

Chiayi County, Taiwan. His birth name

was Hsu Min Hui and graduated from

Edition &Interview Department of Shih

Hsin University. After graduation, being

a police & politic reporter for 5 years

made him a keen observer, keeping a

good relationship with the field as well.

However, In 1970, a fatal car accident

changed his life. As a result, he decided

to renounce the luxury and comforts of

the material world, and lead a monastic

life. In 1982, the venerable master

Kuang Hau shaved Hsu's head and gave

him the Dharma name of Ching Yao (

淨 耀 ). Besides, he was a disciple of

contemporary and venerable master Yin

Shun for 03 years.

Well cultivated by both deans,

Master Ching Yao expected himself to

give fresh energy to dharmacakra, and

be able to bring the essence of Buddhism

to every place where his footsteps went.

Hence, there are two goals in Master

Ching Yao’s life.

The first one is “to propagate

Dharma and maintain the right

ordinance”. The emphasis in Buddhism

is not on seeking fame and wealth but

on seeing, knowing and understanding

the Truth, and leading to supreme

enlightenment. This requires that each

individual assume responsibility for his

or her own emancipation.

The other one is “to amplify the

Buddha's sprit “.Wherever he went,

no matter what difficult situations he

encountered, he always promulgated

Humanistic Buddhism to everyone

in society. He is a master with an

overwhelming desire to share his

illumination of humanity, doing

deathbed care and medical service,

counseling the prisoners, promoting

the concept of anti-drugs and doing

charitable work. In all, Master Ching

Yao has no ego or any selfish aims

but ventures out into the world to

each one who is seeking wisdom and


Most Venerable Master Shih

Ching Yao’s great achievements….

Firstly, Master Ching Yao is the

only person who strides across 3 public

security systems in Taiwan. Over the

past 22 years, Master Ching Yao has

helped those who are suffering in prison

or from drug abuse, which becomes the

stable strength of cultivated function

in prison owning to his Humanistic

Buddhism teaching. Nowadays, he is still

busy in visiting every prison in Taiwan

monthly. There are over 100,000 mantimes

taking benefit from his caring and


Secondly, the belief of Master

Ching Yao’s cultivation – The benefit to

cultivate an evil person is larger than

that to cultivate 500 good me, this is

his belief to practice his cultivation

through caring, counseling and teaching

the so-called villains to prevent crime

committing. If we can take care of

the villains more, we will see the

impermanent nature of all things, and

we can then get all advantages for

ourselves and offspring eventually.

Thirdly, set up volunteer work team

for counseling in prison - Since 1986,

master himself not only has worked

towards the mission of prison caring

but also set up volunteer work team for

counseling in The Society Improvement

Foundation and Chinese Buddhist Pu-

Xian Fu Hua Association , both of which

are non-profit organizations.

Fourthly, affirmed by the

Government due to devote him to public

welfare through charitable programs.

Ministry of Interior, Ministry of

Education, Law Service Department and

Health bureau and other government

organizations or associations have given

over 30 awards to Master and the order

since 1993.

Fifthly, to concern about prisoner’s

human rights, rectify a miscarriage

of justice, and care about prisoners’

family members - Quite a few death

penalty prisoners had learned to behave

themselves properly after Master’s

counseling and teaching. Master

dedicated his whole life to rectify many

miscarriages of justice. His mind was set

on finding the ways to comfort every

prisoner and his or her family members

as well. He would talk to them according

to their characteristics and intellectual

faculties, to inspire them step by step

and to alleviate their sufferings. It was at

this point where he decided to become

a different kind of monastic.

Sixthly, to build Pu-Xian Ci-Hai

homeland for misbehaved youth. From

2002 and on, Master Ching Yao was

worried about the unfavorable situation

of misbehaved children and youth who

were lacking of parents’ love or family

members. He decided to change the

situations and used the site for midway

home construction to help them

complete their regular curriculum and

attain their job skills, which will be able

to be used by the end of April this year.

Seventhly, promote the anti-drug

concept through mummeries activities

in every school and community Since

1990, his routine work as a mission has

been to provoke the sense of drug free

to people , by beholding the self-mind,

keeping away from the defilement of

sensual pleasures, the defilement of

heresy, and the defilement of ignorance.

Eighthly, Master spent much of his

time on relief efforts outside of Taiwan

- Since 1991, in respond to the plead

of “Global Anti- Terrorism, Rescue the

People who are in need“,Master has

been active in charitable ventures on a

worldwide basis such as international

disaster assistance, medical aids and

fund raising for Sri Lanka, El Salvador,

India and Mongolia and so on.

Over the recent years, interests

in charitable services have grown in



Master Shih

Ching Yao’s

Vision is most

Important to

The World….

Taiwan, yet few of them concern about

the darkest side of social issues (i.e.

prisoners and drugs abasement) due

to the daunting challenges lying ahead.

Although, Master Ching Yao will still face

many insurmountable difficulties in the

future. However, throughout the years

the accomplishments he has achieved

in Humanistic Buddhism and Cultivation

are magnificent.

Most Venerable Master Shih

Ching Yao is the President of CHING-

HUA Society Improvement Foundation,

President of PHU-SIEN Benevolence

Charity Home, President of The China

International Offering Ceremony to

All Buddha’s and Sangha’s Association

(CIBSA), Founder of PHU-SIEN

Dharma Guardian Association, Chief

Master, President of CHING-HUA

Merit Association, Commissioner

of Transaction for Narcotics Control

- Executive Yuan, Commissioner

of grievance deliberation group of

Prejudice against People who live in

Taiwan, National Immigration Agency,

Ministry of the Interior, Lecturer of

National Anti-Drug Education Media

Campaigns of Ministry of Education,

Commissioner of Taipei County Drug

Abuse Prevention Center, Teacher of

Taipei Detention Center in Tu-cheng,

Teacher of Juvenile Detention Center

in Tu-Cheng, Religious Staffs Religious

Teacher and Volunteer of Taichung Drug

Abuser Treatment Center, Religious

Teacher of Taichung Prison, Religious

Teacher of Taichung Detention Center,

Director of Foundation for Poison

Control, Director of Buddhist Lotus

Hospice Care Foundation, Managing

director of Child Welfare League

Foundation, Founder of Association

for the Promotion of Chinese Buddhist

Music, Founder of Taipei Kuan-yin

Counseling Hot Line Association, Advisor

of World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth,

Master of Chinese Youth Buddhist

Association, Master of Buddhist Youth

Association of Vancouver - Canada,

President of Jing Hua Society Cultural

Foundation, President of Puxian Cihai

Juvenile Placement Centre, Chairperson

of the International Affairs Council

Master CY, Chief Abbot of PHU-SIEN

Monastery in Taipei, Chief Abbot of

Avalokitesvara Monastery in PHING-SH,

Chief Abbot of TUNG-FU Monastery in

Hua-Lien & Chief Abbot & President of

the CI-FA Buddhist Temple in Taiwan.

Buddhika Sanjeewa

40 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 41

Most Venerable Amugoda

Somananda Nayaka Thero

Chief Judicial Sangha Nayake Thero

of Southern Province - Sri Lanka,

Chief Incumbent of Amugoda Sri

Jayasumanarama Purana Maha


The “Karma” means action, work

or deed; it also refers to the spiritual

principle of cause and effect where

intent and actions of an individual

(cause) influence the future of that

individual. Good intent and good deed

contribute to good karma and future

happiness, while bad intent and bad

deed contribute to bad karma and future

suffering. Karma is closely associated

with the idea of rebirth in many schools

of Indian religions. In these schools,

karma in the present affects one's

future in the current life, as well as the

nature and quality of future lives - one's


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Experience with

Your Mind &


The core concept of our research

and development is the conversion

of cognitive state by brain wave

physiological feedback. We try to make

people find the sublimation of emotion

from real life through this feedback

method. In the short period, people

turn from stress to relaxation. Negative

transformation Positive pessimistic into

optimism. Brainwave wearable devices

provide people with the mentality of

change, with positive and optimistic

attitude courage to face the problem, so

as to achieve a confident life.

Dabao Technology is committed

to the brain waves in the innovative

research and development industry,

team research and development

achievements, including algorithms,

software development, hardware

manufacturing, marketing and cloud

services; and 30 domestic and foreign

“Make your brain a

New Look.”….

William Chang

Meditation Teacher & Chief

Executive Officer of Alchemy

Brainwave Education Research in

Taipei, Taiwan

are mutual causation and interaction

between the two. EQ Also follow the

upgrade, so heart impatient, frivolous

heart to find a peaceful destination.

In the current highly competitive

environment, the pressure has become

the norm of modern people! Dabao

technology products provide a timely

manner to solve the problem of ways to

meet the needs of all walks of life.

The projects….

01 - Acting God read technology

- brain wave instrument products.

02 - Children's concentration training

- Brainwave Classroom. 03 - Custom

Brainwave Music ‧ Body and Mind

Balance Sleep Promotion - Brainwave

Music Healing System. 04 - Sell academic

/ research and development related SDK

kit and brain wave experiment kit.

The Campaign….

01 - Mind Wave Mobile brain cube

mobile version - Using Bluetooth to

transmit the latest and most advanced

single-channel brain wave instrument.

Use the most advanced Think Gear AM

chip. Brain wave sampling rate of 512

per second to meet academic needs.

AAA AAA dry batteries, continuous

measurement of 6 to 8 hours.

02 - Brainwave Prediction

brainwave personality assessment

system - EEG understanding of self.

Studies prove that personality affects

career choices, job satisfaction, stress

and leadership behavior. Through the

analysis of a person's characteristics or

types through brainwave, brainwave

information can be statistically analyzed

in a short period of time. Subjects

according to yellow, orange, green and

blue brainwave personality analysis

and color contrast, Use words and

data charts simple quantification, truly

showing their own characteristics,

thereby allowing themselves to better

understand their own characteristics, no

longer use the subjective consciousness

to judge people things.

In addition, through the record to

find out the interest, and the appropriate

way to nurture their concentration, to

enhance learning, find the right place to

do the right things, control the current

mood. Brainwave Music Healing System

and Brain wave technology tailored

- personal brain wave audio with

Brainwave Classroom-21 day parentchild

learning light - Illuminate Your

Mind Illuminate Your Mind.

These Features are - 01. To

improve the problem of insomnia. 02.

Reduce the impact of negative emotions

03. Increase self-positive energy.

04. To enhance children's learning

effectiveness and work efficiency of

workers. 05. Make your brain a new

look. This specifications are 21 days

learning software, brain waves relax


Alchemy Technology and Dabao

Technology Headquarter situated at 6F.-

2, No. 89, Boguan Road, North District,

Taichung City 404, Taiwan (ROC).

scholars jointly in this area on the

constant innovation. At present, Dabao

Technology has extended brainwave

applications to academic research to

enhance children's focus, adult sleep

aids, emotional adjustment, personality

analysis, character conversion, driving

fatigue monitoring and polygraphs and

other products; distribution agents also

across multiple countries.

Redevelopment of products is the

perpetual goal of Dabao Technology.

Constantly, R & D is always based on

the two focuses of concentration and

meditation. The focus and meditation

(relaxation, meditation and meditation)

44 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 45

The Knowledge or Wisdom….

Most Venerable

Phrarajbhavanajahn (Luang Por

Dattajeevo Bhikkhu)

Vice Abbot of Wat Phra

Dhammakaya, Vice President of the

Dhammakaya Foundation, Most

Popular and Respected Dhamma

Teacher & Author in Thailand.

Buddhists use

meditation to

achieve the


Goal of life….

Whether we use the word

‘knowledge’ or ‘wisdom’ depends on

the interpretation by the individual.

A human being’s first source of

rudimentary knowledge arises from

memorization of things experienced by

the senses. But this is not a complete

basis of knowledge as the powers of

self-awareness and reasoned responses

have not yet been established.

We have to admire those who are

born with a memory like a computer, for

they possess an ability to recall anything,

anytime. However, they cannot make

conclusions or analyze the knowledge

accumulated as a source of memorized

knowledge without something that is

more advanced to make use of their

stored information. Memorizing and

recalling the formula to solve quadratic

equations is of no use if we do not

understand how to use the formula or

for what it is used.

This leads us to the second source

of knowledge, which is attained through

work and experience, and application

of that knowledge in life and work,

plus the more powerful elements of

contemplation, thought and analysis,

until the knowledge develops into an

understanding of the purpose for which

our memorized knowledge has been

stored. This is still not complete or

absolute knowledge. There is another

source of knowledge, another type of

wisdom. The third source of knowledge

is knowledge derived from an individual’s

‘Inner Light.’ This knowledge has nothing

to do with thought or analysis, memory

or contemplation; it is the pure wisdom

that arises from within.

An absence of knowledge is often

referred to as being ‘in the dark’; not

knowing is like being in the dark. As

children we used to fear the dark, we

used to imagine all kinds of terrible

monsters or creatures hiding in the

shadows to hurt us, and this caused us

to be afraid; it bred fear in our young

hearts. But once the sun rose in the

morning, light was shed on the Earth,

on our world, and we were able to see

the truth; what seemed to be a monster

lurking behind the old oak tree was

merely a broken branch. Our perception

was distorted by the night’s obscurity.

But as adults the darkness retains

its power, defilements cause our minds

to be dark and obscured. Our perception

is twisted and we are quite literally ‘in

the dark’, in a state of not knowing, in

ignorance. We see and perceive the

world in an obscured way. The only way

to remove the darkness is with light, the

inner light.

Inner light allows us to see the

world the way it is, to see the Truth.

Inner light is thus our source of wisdom

and knowledge, and the source of

our happiness and it is the same for

everyone. ‘Inner Light’ is not only a

metaphor, but is the real luminosity of

the mind when it stands still. Brighter

than the sun at midday, yet not hot and

scorching but cool and soothing like

moonlight on still water.

The darkness or obscurity caused

by defilements in our minds influences

every aspect of our lives. Thus,

defilements influence every thought

we have ever had, influence our every

decision, our every word and action. A

human being with an untrue perception

is likely to cause suffering for himself

and for others. Defilements cause us to

see differences in humankind.

With our defiled minds we label

everyone we see, finding negativity in

people around us. We develop negative

thoughts, feelings and emotions

because of our defiled minds. We see

our fellow human beings as enemies

because of our defiled minds. Because

of defilements we have feelings of

sadness, anger, jealousy and we suffer.

Thus, once we realize this we can see

that defilements are the true enemy

of humankind. We will want to be free

of the power of defilements; we will

want to have knowledge; we will want

to know the Truth; and we will move

towards Light.

This type of wisdom is the


is also found with ascetics and monks in

many religions and faiths the world over.

The intensity of ‘Inner Light’ depends

on the technique and depth of the

Meditation method applied. Inner light

helps not only to know but also to see

the true nature of the world and life.

46 I Mettavalokanaya I February I 2018 I I 2018 I February I Mettavalokanaya I 47

Promote the




There is good concept for Prayers before


Most Venerable Bhiksuni Yang Ding

Founder of Auspicious World in

Taipei, Taiwan and promoting

the physical and mental health


With the medical background,

Most Venerable Bhiksuni Yang Ding was

aspired to ease the suffering from illness

by combining Buddhism with ancient

and modern medical science. She has

founded the Auspicious World in Taipei

and dedicated her life in promoting the

physical and mental health education.

She also founded Yang Qing (meaning

rest and cleanse) Kitchen whose

mission is to teach people how to make

nutritious vegetarian cuisines and to

promote vegetarianism in order to save

the earth.

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地 球 好 呼 吸

溫 室 冰 融 溢

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一 餐 一 祈 福

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醒 覺 心 文 明

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減 肉 少 排 碳

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日 日 彩 虹 餐

克 己 存 少 欲

氣 定 心 自 怡

一 餐 一 祈 福

心 淨 世 界 淨

醒 覺 心 文 明

大 地 保 生 機

The story of a bird putting out the fire

“I am the guardian of our Earth

I promote meatless diet to reduce

carbon emissions

So, our Mother Earth can finally breathe

Greenhouse effect makes the ice melt

Where else can all beings live?

Protect the world with vegetarian diet

Enrich everyday life with rainbow


With a self-disciplined mind and less


We help cleansing the world by purifying

our mind

Bless all creatures before every meal

We thank the world with sincerity

With an awakened mind

Lives are sustained on our Mother


Pray before every meal, we touch the

heart of heaven and earth

Once upon a time, there was a big

fire in the forest. When all the animals

were anxiously escaping from the fire, a

bird was trying its best to save its family

and home by putting out the fire. It

carried the water from the lake with its

peak and feathers and sprayed it upon

the fire. After a few rounds going back

and forth, it became extremely tired.

This act of benevolence moves a divine

being into sending rainfall to distinguish

the fire. This story tells us that although

we have limitation in our individual

strength, there’s no boundary in our


Global warming has become

almost irreversible; it is time to promote

nutritious and healthy vegetarian food

with the help of our mental power. We

encourage all people to pray for the

earth before every meal. Just as the

bird that touches the heart of the divine

being, our earth will be reborn because

of our right efforts.

The Tao of Eating - To protect our

lives and earth with right food. To nurse

one’s body and mind with right food. To

enter the way of Tao with right food.

According to a UN report, animal

husbandry is responsible for 51% of

greenhouse gas emissions and is the

main reason for global warming. It is

everyone’s responsibility to save the

earth and all beings with vegetarian diet.

If one person can persuade 10 people

toward vegetarian diets, then the 10th

power of 10 is ten billion. This is the ace

in our hand to win back our earth.

There are already many

organizations in the world promoting

vegetarianism. Even the Christians have

founded their vegetarian union, we as

Buddhists should be active in this. You

are welcome to join the Firefighting Bird

Campaign to vow not to eat the flesh of

all beings to save our earth. Please tick

the boxes below:

01 - One vegetarian meal per day

02 - One vegetarian meal per week

03 - Vegetarian meals per week

04 - Tell 10 friends of yours to pray

before every meal

05 - Request local restaurants to

provide vegetarian dishes

06 - Organize a group to promote

vegetarian diet

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Mettavalokanaya” offered to the High

Buddhist Monks in Myanmar (Burma)….

Most Popular & leading

Buddhist Magazine in Sri Lanka,

Mettavalokanaya” Monthly Buddhist

Magazine was recently presented to the

High Buddhist Monks in Myanmar by

the Founder, President & Chief Editor

of Mettavalokanaya, Mr. Buddhika

Sanjeewa, at Yangon & Mandalay,

Myanmar (Burma) on January 20 -

25, 2018. This is the first time that a

Sri Lankan Buddhist Magazine was

presented to the High Buddhist Monks

in Myanmar (Burma).

The photographs show,

Mettavalokanaya” presented to the

Honorary President of WAB and Chief

Abbot of Aungzabu Tawya Dhamma

Center, Yangon Most Venerable

Pandawontha Maha Sadhama Jotikadaja

Aungzabu Bhikkhu at Temple Premises

in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).

Mettavalokanaya” presented

to the Chairman of the State Maha

Sangha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha

Na) Myanmar Most Venerable Bamaw

Sayadaw Dr. Ashwin Kumara Bhivamsa

Thero at Temple Premises in Mandalay,

Myanmar (Burma).

Mettavalokanaya” presented

to the Head Monk of Ooyin Pariyatti

Monastery and University of Global

Peace in Mandalay, Most Venerable

Sayadaw Bhaddanta Dr. Zawtika Thero at

Temple Premises in Mandalay, Myanmar


Mettavalokanaya” has been

successfully distributed to over 40

countries up to date, and also to all

districts across Sri Lanka & worldwide

absolutely free of charge distributing.

MettavalokanayaBuddhist Magazine

will continue to aim to be the magazine

that will take the higher teachings of the

Enlightened One to those in Sri Lanka

and across the world. The magazine

comprises of special articles written by

leading Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka &

overseas as well as lay people.

More information about the

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