Buddha Day: Sunday May 14

Buddha Day, Sunday May 14, 2017

We will do four things, all before or at noon:

1. Buddha Day Celebration

2. Watering the Bodhi Tree

3. Nun’s ordination

4. Honoring all May-born People

Please come by 9:00, earlier if you like. May-born people will be honored at lunch, which starts with a food offering to the monks at 11:15 (sometimes 11:00). All are welcomed to stay for lunch. You can bring a dish if you like (think pot-luck).

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Feb 28 to Apr 2, 2017, Ashin Ariyadhamma’s Myanmar Trip & Vihara Schedule : Apr – June, 2017

Dear All,

Please see the linked files:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113190401703106097576/posts/bf8wu8ZWJS4?cfem=1

Vihara Schedule in April- June, 2017 :

Apr 3, 17 – Sayadaw Ashin Ariyadhamma return from Myanmar
Apr 9, 17 – Dr. Aung Ba + Dr. Sandar Min Family Offering Lunch at Vihara

Apr 11, 17 – Ko Khaing Mon + Ma Nadi, House Warming Offering at Austin

Apr 14, 17 – Ko Thaung Tun Oo + Ma Ohn Mar Nyi, Lunch Offering at Austin
Apr 15, 17 – Daw Myat Moe Khaing, Nik & Zin Zin Khaing, Zar Ni Mg, Yamin Family –

Monk Ordination, Novice Initiation, Ear Piercing Ceremony at Vihara

Apr 16, 17 – Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony

Apr 23, 17 – Pyi Phyo Kyaw + Ma Sabel, daughter Shin Shin & April Born People Offering

Apr 30, 17 – Indian Family Offering

May 6-7,17- Daw Mya Kyi’s Birthday Offering

May 11, 17 – Daw Than Than’s Birthday Offering

May 14, 17 – Buddha Day, Sayadaw Ashin Ariyadhamma & May Born People offering

May 19, 17 – Lyan Htet Arker Win’s Birthday Offering

May 27, 17 – Dr. Moe Moe Win’s House warming offering at League City

June 2-4,17- Mrauk U Sayadaw Ashin Waryaminda’s 3 day Retreat

https://plus.google.com/u/0/113190401703106097576/posts/bf8wu8ZWJS4?cfem=1

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You are warmly invited to Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony on Sunday, Apr 16, 2017.

Dear All,

You are warmly invited to following Ceremony ;

Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony
on Sunday, Apr 16, 2017.

Program on Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 :

9 : 30 a.m – Honoring Our Elders (70 year old +) Ceremony
11 : 00 a.m – Lunch Offering to Monks then Nibbana Bazar Open

1 : 00 p.m – New Year Chanting & Blessing Ceremony

1 : 30 p.m – Entertainments Begin

2 : 00 p.m – Water Pouring Begins

Please see the attach files.

Vihara Schedule in April, 2017 :

Apr 3, 17 – Sayadaw Ashin Ariyadhamma return from Myanmar
Apr 9, 17 – Dr. Aung Ba + Dr. Sandar Min Family Offering Lunch at Vihara

Apr 11, 17 – Ko Khaing Mon + Ma Nadi, House Warming Offering at Austin

Apr 14, 17 – Ko Thaung Tun Oo + Ma Ohn Mar Nyi, Lunch Offering at Austin
Apr 15, 17 – Daw Myat Moe Khaing, Nik & Zin Zin Khaing, Zar Ni Mg, Yamin Family –

Monk Ordination, Novice Initiation, Ear Piercing Ceremony at Vihara

Apr 16, 17 – Burmese New Year Thingyan (Water) Festival & Honoring Our Elders Ceremony

Apr 23, 17 – April Born People Offering

Yours in the Dhamma,
Ariyadhamma, Ashin, Dr.

Thingyan Invite 2017.pdf

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Vipassana course for children

A meditation group in Austin that practices Vipassana as taught by SN Goenka, the CTVA (Central Texas Vipassana Association), is conducting children’s meditation courses in March. The flyer is attached.

cc_flyer_20170206.pdf

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Texas Buddhist Association Spring Youth Camp

Texas Buddhist Association 2017 Buddhist Youth Spring Camp (age 12-18)

This is scheduled by our friends at the Jade temple in Houston for the first weekend of spring break. It is at a wonderful rural setting this side of houston and is highly recommended. Please note that the registration deadline is this weekend, so talk it over with your kids as soon as possible. – BC

Registration Deadline: Feb 26, 2017 with all forms completed/fully signed and send via email to sookhanchoi
Venue: American Bodhi Center 29123 Mellman Rd., Hempstead TX 77445
Check in: March 10th between 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Check Out: March 12th between 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Cost: Free but donations to ABC are appreciated
See details in the registration forms.

2017 Youth Spring Camp Registration Documents.doc

ˊ2017Youth Spring Camp Program draft.xls

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Hta Mane Pwe (Sticky Rice Festival), Schedule, Guna Puja List, view 3 YouTube Link :

Dear All,

You are cordially invited to participate the Myanmar Traditional Sticky Rice Festival at Sitagu Buddha Vihara on Feb 11 late evening then
offer Buddha, Sangha and friends on Feb 12, breakfast, Lunch and sharing merits at 1:00 pm.

Please view the attached file-invitation letter :

Dear All,

You are warmly invited to offer the Historical Landmark Donation in the Sitagu International Vipassana Academy for Sitagu Sayadawgyi who was honored with the title of
“Abhidhajamaharatthaguru” by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the 69th Myanmar Independence Day, on January 4, 2017.

There will be Sitagu Sayadawgyi’s 80th Birthday Great & Grand Ceremony on Full Moon Day of Tapaung,
March 12, 2017, at the Sitagu International Vipassana Academy, Sagaing Hills, Myanmar.

We will offer the Sayadaw, as a Amisa Puja (Honor) minimum US$ 30,000 , giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration for his Special Birthday Ceremony.
You may donate now to TDSA, for 80th Birthday & Guna Puja.


Pay to order – TDSA

For – 80th Birthday & Guna Puja

Address – 9001 Honeycomb Dr. Austin, TX 78737


As a Mile Stone of Sitagu Sayadawgyi’s 80th Birthday, We will issue Sitagu America Magazine and Sitagu Buddha Vihara Diary (1992-2017)


Sitagu Sayadawgyi Guna Puja Donors List :

1. Ashin Ariyadhamma – $ 1000
2. Ashin Saccanyana – $ 1000

3. U Cintita – $ 500

4. Ashin Aggadhamma – $ 300

5. Sayagyi Daw Candapabha, Dr. Thelma Tan – $ 1000
6. Sayalay Aya Saddhadhika, Dr. Than Htut Family – $ 600

7. Dr. Win Bo + Daw Than Than Shwe Family – $ 1000

8. Ko Melvin Tan + Dr. Tin Tin Wai Family – $ 1000

9. Dr. Myo Aung + Dr. Yu Yu Khin – $ 1100

10. Dr. Aung Ba + Da Sandar Min Family – $ 1000

11. Dr. U Thane Kyaw + Daw San San – $ 500

12. Daw Mya Kyi Family – $ 500
13. U Kyi Tin+ Daw Than Than Win,
Ko Zaw Tin + Ma Mar Lar,
Ko San Moe + Ma Han Su Yin Family – $ 500

14. Ko Wai Lu + Ma Su Wah – $ 300

15. Kun Thiri (Ko Yin) + Win Win Cho, Win Thiri Cho – $ 300
16. Ko Tun Ni + Ma Thin Thin Nwe – $ 200
17. Miss Wendy Bixby – $ 100
18. Ma Pyone Pyone Myint (NY) – $ 100
19. Daw Khin Htwe Yee – $ 100
20. Ko Naing + Ma Latt – $ 100

21. Rahul Vaid, Thit Thit Family – $ 100

Vihara Schedule : Feb – Apr, 2017

1. Jan 28, 17 – Daw Mya Kyi, Dr. Yu Wah, Mg Aung Moe – Ko Wai Lu + Ma Su Wah, New Houses Warming & Chinese New Year Offering, Pearland, Texas
2. February 12, 17, Sunday – Hta Ma Hne (Sticky Rice) Festival

3. February 26, 17, Sunday – Sitagu Sayadawgyi’s 80th Birthday Ceremony at Austin Buddha Vihara

4. Feb 28, 17 – Myanmar Trip

5. Mar 3, 17 – Mandalay Public Night Dhamma Talk at 19/81 Street, Mandalay

6. Mar 4-10, 17 – Toungoo, Bago Division

7. Mar 5, 17 – Night Dhamma Talk at Zee Phyu Pin Sasana Yeiktha, Toungoo

8. Mar 12, 17 – Sitagu Sayadawgyi 80 Birthday & Guna Puja at Sagaing, Sitagu International Vipassana Academy

9. Mar 25, 17 – Kawkareik Public Night Dhamma Talk, Kawkareik, Kayin State

10. Mar 30, 17 – Mahasaddhamajotika Sima Consecration, Ariyavasa Dhamma Center, Kalaw, Shan State, Myanmar

11. Mar 31, 17 – Night Dhamma Talk at Ariyavasa Dhamma Center, Kalaw, Shan State

12. Apr 2, 17 – Return to USA

Sitagu Buddha Vihara – Ceremonies in 2017

1. January 1, 17, Sunday – New Year Blessing Ceremony
2. February 12, 17, Sunday – Hta Ma Hne (Sticky Rice) Festival

3. February 26, 17, Sunday – Sitagu Sayadawgyi’s 80th Birthday Ceremony

4. April 16, 17, Sunday – New Year (Thin Gyan) Water Festival

5. May 14, 17, Sunday – Buddha Day & Abbot Sayadaw + May Born People Offering Ceremony

6. June 11, 17, Sunday – Maha Samaya Day & June Born People Offering

7. July 9, 17, Sunday – Waso Robe Offering Ceremony

8. August 6, 17, Sunday – Metta Day & August Born People Offering Ceremony

9. September 3, 17, Sunday – Garu Dhamma Day & September Born People

Offering Ceremony

10. October 5, 17, Thursday – Texas Sangha Pavarana Ceremony

11. October 29, 17, Sunday – Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony

12. December 24, 17, Sunday – Lighting Festival

Please just click the following link to view :

“The White House” Dhamma Talk : Dec 31, 2016, Yangon, Myanmar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmdPaN69xls&feature=youtu.be

Thaung Gone Kyaung Sasana Yeiktha Sangha Meeting & Teacher Honoring Ceremony on Dec 20, 2016 , Toungoo, Myanmar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1teMCB4fJc

Yogi Hall & Sima Hall Offering & Sharing Ceremony : April 10, 2015, Toungoo, Myanmar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_usvG8UW2GY&t=330s

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Sandals on the Ground in America

Through the Looking Glass

by Bhikkhu Cintita and Dr. Win Bo

The following passages will appear in the forthcoming book, Teacher of the Moon: the Life and Times of Sitagu Sayadaw, by Bhikkhu Cintita Dinsmore and Dr. Tin Nyunt.

In 1988, Sitagu Sayadaw displeased elements of the military government of Burma by delivering his famous sermon on the responsibilities of kings in response to the brutal government suppression of the 8888 demonstrations. As the political situation worsened again in 1990 he quietly left the country into over two years of self-imposed exile, most of which he spend in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Not one to spend exile waiting idly around, Sitagu Sayadaw began to explore the possibility of establishing a monastery in the States. In part, he wanted a home-base for his travels to this part of the world and a locus for long-term fund-raising in the West for his growing number of projects…

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