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
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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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2017 Projects Report in USA & Myanmar & Vihara Schedule (Nov – Dec), 2017

2017 Projects Report in USA & Myanmar

USA

Sitagu Shwe Si Khom Pagoda’s Night Scenery !

Sitagu Buddha Vihara, Austin, Texas, USA.

Recently done Outdoor Dining Area, 5 Carports & 1 Storage at Sitagu Buddha Vihara !

Next Project –

Septic Tank Project which will cost about $ 180,000.

It is required to get occupancy permit !

You may offer donation for this project.

Myanmar

Taungoo

Kyaung Gone Village, Taungoo Township, Bago Division where Ashin Ariyadhamma was born and place of Thaung Gone Sasana Center !

Thaung Gone Sasana Center – Sima Hall where Ashin Ariyadhamma was ordained which was rebuilt in 2016.

Thaung Gone Sasana Center – 2 Story, (40 Rooms) Yogi Hall was built & sharing merits ceremony was done on Apr 12, 2016

Currently, Dhammajotika Dhamma Hall Project is in progress !

In kind donation of Dr. Aung Ba + Dr. Sandar Min, daughter – Lucinda Ba, son – Brandon Aung Ba, Houston.

Estimate cost $ 120,000.

70 Years Old, Thaung Gone Sasana Center Renovation is in Progress !

Main Building – Kyaung Ma Gyi !

You are welcome to participate !

Map of Zee Phyu Pin Sasana Center, near Sit Taung River, Taungoo Township, Bago Division !

80 Ft long Concrete Bridge on the way to Zee Phyu Pin Center was rebuilt in April, 2017

The next project is –

To pave one mile long tar road heading to the center.

You are welcome to participate in this project !

Kalaw

Map of 36 acres of land – Ariyavasa Dhamma Center, Kalaw, Shan State, Myanmar ! အရိယာ၀ါသဓမၼရိပ္သာ ေျမပုံ

Ananta-jina Pagoda & Maha saddhamma jotika Sima Hall !

Buddhabhiseka & Sima Consecration Ceremony was done and headed by Sitagu Sayadawgyi & Rector Sayadawgyi on March 30, 2017

Da Gon Daine, & Maw Gone Daine { Pagoda Banner & Archive Post } was built in memory of Ashin Ariyadhamma’s 30th Monk-hood Anniversary { October 19, 2016 }

Bodhi Tree from India was planted since Full Moon Day of May, 2010

Bhojana-sala { Dining Hall } 50 ft X30 ft & Kitchen was built in October, 2017

Reception Building, Saddha Cottage, Viriya Cottage, Sati Cottage, Panna Cottage, Nyi Mu Yar Hall { 50′ X 36′ }, 100 KVA Transformer & Electrical Line,

500 Ft deep Well Water & 3 Spring Water, 15,000 Gallons Water Tank, 3000 Gallons Water Tank were already done.

Future Projects are –

Samadhi Cottage & Theravasa Kuti.

Currently Dhamma Aye Yeik Nyein (the Shape of Dhamma) Project is in progress.

In kind donation of Col. Ye Tint + Daw Nu Nu Yee family, Yangon

Estimate cost $ 40,000.

The next project is –

Alin-say-ta-man (Light Messenger) Dhamma Hall Project –
အလင္းေစတမာန္ ဓမၼာရုံ စီမံကိန္း

Alin-say-ta-man (Light Messenger) 100 ft X 45 ft – 2 Story Dhamma Hall which will include

a Shrine Hall, a Dhamma Hall, 6 Large Rooms & 23 Standard Rooms with all restroom attached !

Estimate cost $ 210,000.

You are warmly welcome to donate.

One large room for $ 7000.

One standard room for $ 5000

” Vihara danam samghassa aggam Buddhena vaṅṅitam “

” All Buddhas have highly praised Vihara Dana.”

” ေကၽာင္းကန္ အလွဴ ၊ ျမတ္၏ဟူ၍ ၊ ဆူဆူဗုဒၶ ခၽီးမြမ္းၾက၏ ”

Vihara Schedule (Nov- Dec), 2017 (အခ ်ိန္ဇယား )

November 5, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Zayyawati Kyaung, Houston

November 7, 17 – Khet Khet Wai’s Lunch Offering at Spring

November 12, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Shwe Phone Pwint Dhamma Center, Ft Worth, Texas

November 19, 17 – November Born People Offering

November 25, 17 – Zayar’s Daughter’s 100th Days Birthday at San Marcos

November 26, 17 – Luigi Lorsi & Daw Khin Khin Thet, Lunch Offering at San Antonio

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

December 24, 17 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi and Group departure from Vihara

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

Dec, 25, 17 to Apr, 10, 18 – Myanmar Trip

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Kathina Invitation, Schedule (Oct-Dec,17), Intro Class begins Sunday, November 5

Dear All,

You are warmly invited to our Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony
on Sunday, Oct 29, 17, at Sitagu Buddha Vihara, Austin, TX ,USA.

Scheduled events:

11:00 a.m – Offering of lunch to the 16 Monks
11:30 a.m – Lunch for lay people
1:00 p.m – Offering of Kathina Robes, Dhamma Talk and Sharing Merits
2:00 p.m – Entertainment

Free Lunch for lay people will be provided. Please bring any traditional dishes and desserts that you would like to offer to monks or share with others. You are also requested to inform the Vihara, if you plan to offer food so that they may make arrangements for offering accordingly. You may offer ” 5 Air Tickets” “Kathina Tree”, Community Outreach Fund and “Vihara Ongoing Supporting Fund” .

ကထိန္ဒါန လွဴၾကသူမွာ က ် ဳိ းငါးျဖာကား –
သြားေလရာ၀ယ ္အႏ ၱၱၱရာယ ္ကင္း ၊ ပစၥည္းရင္းမွာ မီးျပင္းမဖ ်က္ ၊

ဆိပ္မတက ္ဘဲ ၊ ေမ့ေလ ် ာ့ ဥစၥာ မဆုံးပါရ ၊

ျပိဳ င္ရွာၾကေသာ ္ကုိယ္ကဦးစြာ အသာရသည္ ၊

ငါးျဖာ ကထိန္ လွဴ က ် ဳိ း တည္း ။

Five benefits for the Kathina Robe donors :

(1) They will be free from unhappy states throughout their lives. When they make a journey, whether of short or long distance, they won’t be hampered by unnecessary preparations, but will furnished with all requirement and provisions.
(2) They will have freedom from hindrances of all kinds and they will have every aspiration fulfilled.
(3) They won’t be affected by poison or possessed evil spells, etc.
(4) Their possessions will never be spoiled or lost; they will be able to leave their belongings behind without any worry, that is, they will be safe.
(5) The donors of the Kathina robe will always be fortunate, their good deeds will succeed, they will be successful among many rivals.
* Whenever you cultivate wholesome deeds you should not allow yourself to be a prey to attachment.

Invited Monks List

1. Sri Lanka Sayadaw – South Sri Lanka Vihara, Austin
2. Ashin Candasiri – Sitagu Sangha Vihara, West Palm Beach, Florida
3. Ashin Ariyadhamma – Sitagu Buddha Vihara, Austin, Texas
4. Ashin Aggadhamma – Sitagu Buddha Vihara
5. Ashin Kavadhaja – Sitagu Buddha Vihara
6. Ashin Jatilalankara – Sitagu Buddha Vihara
7. Ashin Khemacara – Sitagu Buddha Vihara

8. Ashin Saccanyana – Sitagu Buddha Vihara
9. Ashin Medhananda – Sitagu Missionary Center, Yangon, Myanmar

10. Ashin Sucarita – Sitagu Missionary Center, Yangon, Myanmar

11. Ashin Sutacara – Sitagu Missionary Center, Yangon, Myanmar

12. Ashin Ukkamsa – Sitagu Missionary Center, Yangon, Myanmar
13. Sri Lanka Sayadaw – South Sri Lanka Vihara, Austin
14. Ashin Cintita – Sitagu Buddha Vihara (American Monk)

15. Ashin Pannasiri – Sitagu Buddha Vihara (Chinese Monk)
16. Ashin Ananda – Sitagu Buddha Vihara (Venezuela Monk)

Yana Dana (Air tickets) Donors –

1. Dr. Soe Myint Aung + Dr. Ma Thu Zar – $ 270 for Ashin Medhananda
2. Ko Too + Dr. Le Wai Thant – $ 270 for Ashin Sucarita

3. Ko Melvin Tan + Dr. Tin Tin Wai – $ 200 for Ashin Candasiri
4. Dr. Tin Aung Hla + Dr. Win Wah Kyu – $ 115 for Ashin Ukkamsa
5. Dr. Myo Aung + Dr. Yu Yu Khin – $ 115 for Ashin Sutacara

Vihara Schedule (Oct – Nov- Dec), 2017 (အခ ်ိန္ဇယား )

October 1, 17 – Ko Kyaw Min Naing + Ma Nwe Yin Win Lunch Offering at home

October 4, 17 – Naing Wai Lin + Hsu Hsu Paing – House Warming Lunch Offering

October 5, 17, Thursday – Texas Sangha Pavarana Ceremony at Sitagu Buddha Vihara, Austin, Texas

October 7, 17 – Dr. San Wah & Sabble Phyu Lim – Birthday Offering at Friendswood

October 8, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Sitagu Dhamma Vihara, Minnesota

October 8, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at South Sri Lanka Vihara, Austin

October 15, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Houston Sri Lanka Vihara + Ashin Tikkhanyana, Marshall Town, Iowa + Alodawpyae Kyaung, San Antonio

October 21, 17 – October Born People Offering, Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Sitagu Sangha Vihara, Florida

October 22, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Pannarama Dhamma Center, Dallas, Texas

October 29, 17, Sunday – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Sitagu Buddha Vihara, Austin, Texas

November 5, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Zayyawati Kyaung, Houston

November 7, 17 – Khet Khet Wai’s Lunch Offering at Spring

November 12, 17 – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at Shwe Phone Pwint Dhamma Center, Ft Worth, Texas

November 25, 17 – Zayar’s Daughter’s 100th Days Birthday at San Marcos

November 26, 17 – Luigi Lorsi & Daw Khin Khin Thet, Lunch Offering at San Antonio

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

December 24, 17 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi and Group departure from Vihara

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

Dec, 25, 17 to Apr, 10, 18 – Myanmar Trip

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Intro Class begins Sunday, November 5

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Buddhist Life/Buddhist Path

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017

    4:00 PMto 5:30 PM

  • Sitagu Buddha Vihara (sitagu.org/austin/)

    9001 Honeycomb Dr., Austin, TX (edit map)

  • In the Dining Hall (up the hill)
  • This is an introductory 12-week course in Buddhism. It provides a comprehensive and detailed understanding of Buddhism based on the earliest sources. This is Buddhism as far as can be discerned as the Buddha taught it and before the development of distinct sects and schools, such as Zen, Tibetan and Theravadin. This course provides a theoretical understanding as a support for practice. As such, it complements the various practice-oriented activities at the vihara. The course consists of two six-week sections:

    • Buddhist Life covers the basic values, understandings and practices that constitute a devout Buddhist life in a Buddhist community. This is the Buddhism as it is lived by most Buddhists, that Buddhist children learn, that defines the norms of the Buddhist community. It is primarily grounded in ethics, virtue and harmony.

    • Buddhist Path covers the course of intensive training that lead to higher spiritual attainments (up to awakening) and that is traditionally undertaken by relatively few Buddhists. It is primarily grounded in human psychology and meditation, but builds on the elements of a Buddhist life.

    The 2017-2018 schedule of topics is as follows:

    BUDDIST LIFE

    1. Buddha, November 5

    2. Generosity, November 12

    3. Harmlessness, November 19

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