Thingyan Nibban Zay Donors List ! Vihara Schedule in Feb – Mar – Apr – May, 2018 : You are warmly invited to Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony on Sunday, Apr 15, 2018.

Thingyan Nibban Zay Donors List !

1. Daw Aye Kyaing – ငန္ျပာရည္ေၾကာ္၊ ဘာလေခ်ာင္ ေၾကာ္၊ ငါးေျခာက္ေၾကာ္ 2. Ko Htwe + Yamin Aye – ၾကက္သားဒါန္ေပါက္၊ 3. Kyaw Kyaw Lay + Le Le Thu Zar Khin – ေခါက္ဆြဲေၾကာ္၊ ထမင္းေၾကာ္ 4. Melvin Tan + Tin Tin Wai – ေရသန္ ့ဗူး 5. Moe Moe + Tun Myint Khaing- ရခိုင္မုန္႔တီ 6. Myo Than Tin + Khine Zin Oo – ေရခဲသုပ္၊ ခရင္ဆိုဒါ ၇. Win Bo + Than Than Shwe, Myo Aung + Yu Yu Khin – ထူးရွယ္ဖာလူဒါ 8. Daw Mya Kyi Family – ေရႁပြတ္၊ ပိေတာက္ပန္း၊ ပန္းကုံး၊ လဘက္သုတ္၊ ဂ်ဳိးေၾကာ္ 9. Daw Than Than Win Family – ေက်ာက္ေၾကာ၊ သစ္သီး၊ တုိ ့ဟူး 10. Ko Naing + Ma Latt – ဝက္သားတုတ္ထိုး 11. Win Kyaing + Ma Mi Nyo – မုန္႔လုပ္ေဆာင္း 12. Ko Wai Lu + Ma Su Wah, Soe Min Htike – မုန္႔ဟင္းခါး၊ အုန္းႏို႔ ေခါက္ဆြဲ၊ ဗူးသီးေၾကာ္ , 13. Daw Elizabeth, U Moe, Ko Ke – ေကာ္ျပန္႔ေၾကာ္ 14. Ei Ei Phyo + Mya Naing – ေကာက္ၫွင္းနႏြင္းမကင္း၊ ထိုးမုန္႔15. Ko Lay + Ma Win – သေဘာၤသီးသုပ္၊ ကြတ္တီယို 16. Ohn Mar Myat Min + Kyaw Zayar Win – သီးစုံထမင္း၊ ၀က္သားဟင္း၊ 17. Ma Thu Zar + Soe Myint Aung – နန္းႀကီးသုတ္၊18. Moe Moe + Ko Cho – စမူဆာ၊ ေကာ္ျပန္႔ေၾကာ္၊ ဘယာေၾကာ္၊ 19. Aung Naing Lwin + Kyi Kyi Shwe, Victor Gaw + Myint M Aye, Soe Win + Myint M Kyu – ဇီးယို၊ သစ္သီးေျခာက္၊ အခ်ဳိပြဲ ၊ 20. Daw Khin Khin Oo – ေ႐ႊခ်ည္နႏြင္းမကင္း၊ 21. Le Wai Thant + Ko Too – ဝက္သားဒုတ္ထိုး 22. Daw Daisy – ဘိန္းမုန္႔ ၊ 23. Ma Thin Zar, Thet Thet War – မုန္႔လုံးေရေပၚ ၊ 24. Naw Aye, Ma Cho – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Balls, Fish Cakes 25. Tin Aung Hla + Win Wah Kyu, Khin Toe Yee – ၾကာဇံေၾကာ္ 26. Nan Myint Than + Ko Thein Lwin – ၾကက္သားပါတ္ခ္ 27. ၫြန္႔ ၫြန္႔, မစိန္ႏု, ေမရီ – ႐ွမ္းေခါက္ဆြဲ 28. မစု – စမူဆာ 29. ေဒၚခင္ခင္သက္ – ေ႐ႊခ်ည္နႏြင္းမကင္း၊ မဆလာ – Updated in Apr 10, 2018 – Thingyan Nibban Zay Donors List !

Dear All,
You are warmly invited to following Ceremony ;

Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival &
Honoring Our Elders Ceremony
on Sunday, Apr 15, 2018.

Please inform the Food Menu Items List of your offering at Nibbana Bazar to Sayadaw (Ph # 512 750 9963)

Program on Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 :

9 : 30 a.m – Honoring Our Elders (70 year old +) Ceremony,
New Year Chanting & Blessing Ceremony
11 : 00 a.m – Lunch Offering to Monks & Nun then
Nibbana Bazar Open

1 : 00 p.m – Entertainments Begin

2 : 00 p.m – Water Pouring Begins

Please see the attached files.

Vihara Schedule in Feb – Mar – Apr – May, 2018 :

Feb 14, 18 – Sayadaw Ashin Ariyadhamma returns from Myanmar
Feb 17, 18 – Chinese New Year Offering at Daw Mya Kyi Family house, Houston, TX
Feb 24, 18 – Offering Lunch to Vietnamese Pilgrimage Group of Ft Worth, TX
Mar 4, 18 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi’s 81 st Birthday Offering Ceremony
Mar 11-13, 18 – McAllen, TX Trip – Dr. Tun Lin Moe + Ma Myat Thandar Aung, Dr. Nyan Wai Phyo + Dr. Shwe Yee Win Families Offering

Mar 25, 18 – March Born People Offering

Mar 28 – Apr 3, 18 – Florida Trip, Dhammaloka Kyaung, Plantation, FL

Apr 7, 18 – Ko Thaung Tun Oo + Ma Ohn Mar Nyi, Lunch Offering

Apr 8, 18 – Moon + Naw Yet Family House Warming Lunch Offering

Apr 14, 18 – Dr. Aung Ba + Dr. Sandar Min Family Lunch Offering

Apr 15, 18 – Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony

Apr 17, 18 – Daw Daisy’s Son & Daughters’ House Warming Lunch Offering

Apr 30. 18 – Daw Than Than’s 87 th Birthday Offering


Apr 22, 18 – April Born People Offering

May 6,18, Sunday – Buddha Day, Abbot Sayadaw & May Born People Offering Ceremony

May 9-13,18 – Mrauk U Sayadaw’s Retreat

May 13, 18 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi & 7 monks Group arrival at Vihara

May 20, 18 – Sima Consecration Ceremony at Sitagu Dhamma Vihara, Chisago, MN

May 23, 18 – Sima Consecration Ceremony at Sitagu Sangha Vihara, West Palm Beach, FL
May 26, 18 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi & 7 monks Group departure from USA

Theravada Dhamma Society of America
Sitagu Buddha Vihara
9001 Honeycomb Dr.
Austin, TX 78737


www.sitagu.org/austin/
Ph : 512 301 3968 (home)

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You are warmly invited to Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony on Sunday, Apr 15, 2018.

Dear All,

You are warmly invited to following Ceremony ;

Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival &
Honoring Our Elders Ceremony
on Sunday, Apr 15, 2018.

Please inform the Food Menu Items List of your offering at Nibbana Bazar to Sayadaw (Ph # 512 750 9963)

Program on Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 :

9 : 30 a.m – Honoring Our Elders (70 year old +) Ceremony,
New Year Chanting & Blessing Ceremony
11 : 00 a.m – Lunch Offering to Monks & Nun then
Nibbana Bazar Open

1 : 00 p.m – Entertainments Begin

2 : 00 p.m – Water Pouring Begins

Please see the attached files.

Vihara Schedule in Feb – Mar – Apr, 2018 :

Feb 14, 18 – Sayadaw Ashin Ariyadhamma returns from Myanmar
Feb 17, 18 – Chinese New Year Offering at Daw Mya Kyi Family house, Houston, TX
Feb 24, 18 – Offering Lunch to Vietnamese Pilgrimage Group of Ft Worth, TX
Mar 4, 18 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi’s 81 st Birthday Offering Ceremony
Mar 11-12, 18 – McAllen, TX Trip – Dr. Tun Lin Moe + Ma Myat Thandar Aung, Dr. Nyan Wai Phyo + Dr. Shwe Yee Win Families Offering

Mar 25, 18 – March Born People Offering

Mar 28 – Apr 3, 18 – Florida Trip, Dhammaloka Kyaung, Plantation, FL

Apr 7, 18 – Ko Thaung Tun Oo + Ma Ohn Mar Nyi, Lunch Offering

Apr 8, 18 – Moon Family House Warming Lunch Offering

Apr 15, 18 – Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony


Apr 22, 18 – April Born People Offering

Theravada Dhamma Society of America
Sitagu Buddha Vihara
9001 Honeycomb Dr.
Austin, TX 78737


www.sitagu.org/austin/
Ph : 512 301 3968 (home)

thingyan invite 18.pdf

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Vihara Schedue

Vihara Schedule (Dec – Mar), 2017-18 (အခ ်ိန္ဇယား )

Dec 2, 17 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi and Group arrival to Vihara

Dec 3, 17 – Pay Homage to the Sitagu Sayadawgyi at Vihara

Dec 6-18 – Sayadawgyi Trip in USA ( Los Angeles, San Francisco, Merced, Minnesota, Nashville, Grand Canyon)

Dec 19-20 – Sayadawgyi’s Dental Treatment Trip to Los Angeles

Dec 21, 17 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi and Group departure from USA

Dec 22, 17 – Ko Tun Lin + Ma Thida – Birthday Offering

Dec 24, 17 – Sri Lanka Sayadaw Ven. Bambalapitiye Gnaloka Dhamma talk at Vihara, 2:00 pm

Dec 25, 17 – Daw Candapabha & U Kyaw Myint – Memorial Offering

Dec 28, 17 – Bruce & Nwe’s House Warming Offering at Houston

Dec 30, 17 – Ko Myo Aung + Ma Phyu Phyu’s House Warming Offering at Austin

Dec 31, 17 – Ko Shwe + Ma Wai’s House Warming Offering at Houston

Jan 1, 2018 – Kyaw Zayar Win’s Birthday Breakfast Offering at Round Rock, TX

Jan 1, 18 – 1:00 pm – New Year Offering, Chanting & Blessing Ceremony at Vihara

Jan 5, 18 – Buddhabhiseka Mangla at Dr. Fred Teoh House, Cypress, Texas

Jan 18, 17 to Mar 15, 18 – Myanmar Trip

Sitagu Buddha Vihara – Ceremonies in 2018

1. January 1, 18, Monday – New Year Blessing Ceremony

2. February 4, 18, Sunday – Hta Ma Hne (Sticky Rice) Festival

3. March 4, 18, Sunday – Sitagu Sayadawgyi’s 81st Birthday Ceremony

4. April 15, 18, Sunday – New Year (Thin Gyan) Water Festival

5.May 6, 18, Sunday – Buddha Day, Abbot Sayadaw & May Born People Offering Ceremony

6. June 24, 18, Sunday – Maha Samaya Day & June Born People Offering

7. July 29, 18, Sunday – Waso Robe Offering Ceremony

8. August 26, 18, Sunday – Metta Day & August Born People Offering Ceremony

9. September 23, 18, Sunday – Garu Dhamma Day & September Born People Offering Ceremony

10. October24, 18, Wednesday – 6th Texas Sangha Pavarana Ceremony

11. November 18, 18, Sunday – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony

12. December 23, 18, Sunday – Lighting Festival

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Next Week: Buddhist Life/Buddhist Path, introduction to Buddhism

On Sunday, February 4, my 12-week course Buddhist Life/Buddhist Path will begin anew at Sitagu Buddha Vihara.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the Dharma from the perspective of the earliest Buddhist texts, a close as we can know to how the Buddha taught it, interpreted for modern people. I have been offering the course twice a year for several years now and have written the textbook. It is ideal for young Burmese to learn about Buddhism.

Please consider attending. More information is available HERE or RSVP.

Thanks.

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Ven. Bambalapitiye Gnaloka Dhamma talk @2pm on 24th Dec.

A good meditation teacher from Sri Lanka will be with us Sunday to speak in English.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFJsdqpY5Hs

I have visited the Sitagu temple week ago and met Banthe Cintia as well. Here are few recent YouTube videos that Ven. Bambalapitiye Thero has conducted in UK/EU&USA for reference:

1) Dhamma sermon at Chuang Yen Monastery in New York https://youtu.be/A7EAUXmPxDA
2) Dhamma sermaon in UK : https://youtu.be/OnaqCKpUjcw
3) Dhamma Deshana in Nottingham, UK on 04th November 2017: https://youtu.be/UsgR6ngLgpA

Here is some short Bio of the Ven.Bambalapitiye Gnaloka thero.

Most Venerable Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero kindly accepted our invitation to travel to the United States from mid-November to end December to share his Dhamma/meditation experiences with us in the US. Many of us may have not heard of Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero as he was a Buddhist monk who lived in complete solitude until early this year. A short biography of the Thero is provided below for those who have not yet heard of the Thero. However, you will only be able to experience him first hand only by joining his Dhamma sessions in person.

Venerable Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero is a highly venerated senior Sri Lankan Buddhist monk of the Theravada tradition. Venerable Gñanaloka is respected for his strict adherence to the Vinaya, deep commitment to meditation and for ascetic practices, similar to those of the ancient disciples of the Buddha. He has a special interest for solitude and simple living, and spends long periods every year in the rugged mountains of the Himalayas, Nepal & India as well as in the deep uninhabited forests of Sri Lanka. He ardently engages in continuous meditation practice as performed in the ancient times. His teachings are direct and practical and reflect the teachings of the Buddha in simple manner. Venerable Thero’s Dhamma talks include interesting anecdotes from his experiences as a monk as well as from his early life. Rather than an intellectual abstraction of the teachings, Venerable Gñanaloka tends to focus on practical applications of the Dhamma, for developing wisdom and compassion in daily life.

At the age of 14, Venerable Gñanaloka accompanied his parents to South
​ Africa and spent the adolescent years with his family in Lesotho. As a teenager Venerable Gñanaloka was serious about cricket, loved to go for walks in the natural wilderness and had an inquiring mind about the causes for world phenomena. At the age of 18, through reflections on phenomena on his own he experienced certain insights. Venerable Gñanaloka explains how when going for long and solitary walks, he came to understanding the realities of life.

At the age of 23 he returned to Sri Lanka from Nicosia in Cyprus where he was attending University. This return to Sri Lanka was to mark a significant milestone in his life. He began an intensive search into the various aspects contemplative studies, studying in depth the texts of the key religions, such as the Bible, the Quran, the Bhagawat Gita, to name a few. His quest for understanding the nature of the Universe, a deep interest in Astrophysics and an inner calling to discover the expansiveness of the mind, all flowered during this important period of his life. With gradual turning towards the Buddha’s teaching, Venerable Gñanaloka discovered that Compassion (karuna) and Loving-Kindness (metta), as explained by the Buddha, were also part of the core teachings of other religions.

An introduction to a saintly, mendicant German monk, Venerable Ñānavimala was the corner stone and turning point in Venerable Thero’s life. Greatly influenced by the ardency and ascetic practices of Venerable Ñānavimala, Venerable Gnanaloka spent many years practicing meditation and the Dhamma teachings with his mentor (Venerable Ñānavimala) in the island hermitage, Polgasduwa, in Southern Sri Lanka. In 1999 he became a novice monk thus entering monkhood at the age of 28 and ordained as a Bhikkhu in 2001 in Sri Lanka.

When he was in his early 20s, even before he became a Buddhist monk, he used to regularly travel to the Himalayas, as well as to the Holy towns of Rishikesh and Badrinath in northern India. After joining the Theravada monastic Order he continued to visit Badrinath and Ladakh and strived in ardent meditation practice in the rugged mountains and ancient caves of the Himalayas. Since 2009, he has been regularly visiting Mount Kailash and Lake Mansoravar in Tibet, to engage in serious ascetic meditation practice. During those journeys he recounts two near-death experiences. He has also been a wanderer, journeying on foot, in the deep forests across Sri Lanka. His constant companion has always been the ancient practices taught by the Buddha.

Bless with tripple gem. May all attain Nibbana.
Theruwan saranai.

Shanaka.
mobile: 512-695-9567
email: shankajp

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You are warmly invited to Pay Homage to the Sitagu Sayadawgyi at Vihara, on Dec 3, 2017 (Sunday), at 9:30 am.

Dear All,

You are warmly invited to Pay Homage to the Sitagu Sayadawgyi at Vihara, on Dec 3, 2017 (Sunday), at 9:30 am.

“Abhidhajamaharatthaguru” Shwe Kyin Nikaya Upa Ukkattha ” Sitagu Sayadawgyi and group { Daw Nyunt Nyunt Aye, U Aung Naing Swe, Ko Kyaw Naing Oo } will arrive at IAH ( Houston Airport ) on Dec 2, 2017, at 7:45 am by ANA.

In the morning of Dec 3, 2017, at 9:30 am, we will pay homage to Sayadawgyi and donate 100 Lakh Kyats ( = $ 7400 ) for Rakhing Refuge Relief Fund.

We are currently doing following projects at Vihara. You may share the merits.

1. Offer the Myanmar Gold Paint on Pagoda & hanging the Banner ( estimate cost $ 10,000)
2. Repainting the all decks ( estimate cost $ 2,000)
3. 2 Asoka Pillar & Monument Sign at the gate

You may stay over and bring a dish to offer 10 Sanghas at 11:15 am.

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Movie Night this Friday 7pm

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