Pictures from Dhamma Chakka Pravatan Day on Saturday 12th July 2014
Buddhists at Wolverhampton Buddha Vihara celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha giving his first sermon and thus setting in motion the Wheel of Dhamma. On this day the Sangha was created as the first five monks were taught Dhamma and ordained as monks.
The Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee was 45 years old on 19th July 2014, many members and supporters gathered the celebrate it’s 45th anniversary after receiving a blessing from the monks.
It is with great sadness that after a short illness and courageous battle with an illness that the son of the Late Nanak Chand Rattu, Siddarth Rattu has passed away.
Siddarth Rattu visited the Wolverhampton Buddha Vihara on a number of occasions, and along with his father and family, was responsible for preserving important personal effects of Dr B. R. Ambedkar.
Siddarth brought with him on every visit some of Dr Ambedkar’s possessions, these included:
- His Ink Pen.
- Rare photo’s.
- Graduation gown.
- His walking stick.
- Copies of his handwriting.
- His Indian Parliament Security Pass.
- Round table conference photographs.
- Degree and doctorate certificates
The Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee are very grateful to the Late Nanak Chand Rattu (personal secretary of Dr B. R. Ambedkar) and the Late Siddarth Rattu as well as his family for entrusting them with these historically important personal effects of Dr B. R Ambedkar.
These personal effects are on display in the Dr Ambedkar meuseum which is on the site of the Wolverhampton Buddha Vihara. These personal effects have been taken to Italy for people to see there, they have been displayed in Bedford at a Dr Ambedkar remembrance function. There has been a request by supporters of the Dr Ambedkar’s mission to take these personal effects to Canada for them to see.
Members and supporters of the Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee walking around the temple 3 times (led by Venerable Dhammanag):
Members and supporters of the Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee in the Shrine Room:
Venerable Dhammanag addressing the congregation and giving a Dhamma Talk
Pictures of the Kathina Celebration in November 2010, enjoyed by many members and supporters of the Wolverhampton Buddha Vihara
More members and Supporters walking around the temple before the ceremony starts:
Robe offering ceremony in the hall:
Pictures of the Kathina Celebration in November 2013, enjoyed by over 150 members and supporters of the Wolverhampton Buddha Vihara
Buddha Jayanti 2013 Special Broadcast Programmes:
Programme 2 –
Programme 3 -
Dr Ambedkar 122nd Birth Anniversary – 14 April 2013:
Please see special programme broadcast in response to the Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, Terrorist bombings on 7-7-2013
For Buddhists the world over this one of the most highly venerated shrines, this is after all where the Buddha attained Enlightened over 2600 years ago.
What is Vesak Day?
The day of Vesak or Baisakha Puja is the day of worshiping or merit making for Buddhists all over the world. On this sacred day Buddhist commemorate three great events, the birth of the Buddha, his Enlightenment and his Mahaparinibbana or passing away on same day of full moon day of this month. Buddha’s main teachings is not to do any evil, cultivate good things and purify one’s own mind. However, the core foundation of Buddhist teachings is called Four Noble Truths (Catu ariya sacca) :
1) The fact that unhappiness exists (dukkha)
2) The cause of that unhappiness (samudaya)
3) The fact that unhappiness may cease (nirodha)
4) The Way leading to the cessation of unhappiness (magga).
These Four Noble Truths are the foundation of all the teachings of the Buddha. The Way to end suffering is following the Middle Way. In his second sermon, the Buddha taught something unique: that Impermanence is a fact; that the experience of suffering is our reaction; suffering which we can reduce only if we develop selflessness / egolessness(non-soul identity) which the Buddha termed anatta.
In November 1998 all the buddhist countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Nepal, India etc. proposed agenda for ‘International recognition of the day of Vesak’ to the United Nations. On 15th Dec. 1999 the UN’s General assembly adopted the resolution for the international recognition of the day of Vesak (Buddha Jayanti). Since, UN celebrates this day every year at its head office in New York and other regional centres all over the world.
Presently, not only the buddhist but other faiths also celebrate this day with great joy by practicing moral ways and purifies the mind, which is the way (buddhamarga) to achieve real happiness and peace within.
On this auspicious day of Vesak Day every human being should take an oath to cultivate good, purify the mind for real happiness and peace and thus pay homage to the Buddha by practicing it. May this holy day bring you good thoughts and good deeds always.
Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam
May you be happy and peaceful.
How to Practice Metta Meditation:
Metta meditation was one of the three types of meditation that the Buddha taught. Metta is practiced to share merit and good fortune with all other sentient beings. It is best practiced for a short time after you have just finished mediating. Below is a guide to how you could practice metta:
Ensure you are calm, relaxed and if you have just sat for meditation, just rest for a few minutes and ensure you have no physical pains in your body and your mind is calm.
With your eyes and mouth gently closed, start to observe your breathing.
As your are observing your breathing then start to think slowly and calmly in your mind the following thoughts with kindness:
May I be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May my teachers and preceptors be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May my mother and father be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May my friends, family, relatives and enemies be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May all beings, big or small, human or non human, near or far, dead or alive, of this world or another, of the ten directions be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
Hope this helps