Vesak is the festival day for Buddists to celebrate the birth of Lord Buddha,his attaining Enlightenment and his passing away into Nirvana.
This year Vesak full moon day is on 17th May.
To celebrate Vesak I thought of sharing some thoughts from Lord Buddha.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting
With the thoughts of Lord Buddha ,I wish all a Happy vesak festival!!
This temple is a great example of Sri Lanka’s Proud History.
Where ever country we live,this is the beverage we all Sri Lankans love to.That is CEYLON TEA.
Tea production in Sri Lanka, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country’s main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers, with tea accounting for 15% of the GDP, generating roughly $700 million annually. In 1995 Sri Lanka was the world’s leading exporter of tea, (rather than producer) with 23% of the total world export, but it has since been surpassed by Kenya
The Vatadage or the Circular relic house was probably built in the 7th century and later renovated and reconstructed by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). In the center is a small Stupa and on the four sides, there are beautifully carved Buddha statues. These statues are different to what is normally found. The robe is flat, which is unusual and there are no curly locks of hair on the head. The roof had been supported by two rows of stone pillars around the Stupa. None of the pillars are visible today. But the pillars outside the walls are still intact
The historic temple at Thalagama was located at a distance about a kilometer from Warakapola, or less than 1 km from Ambepussa Railway station.
The temple is consisted with three levels.
A Sri Pada can be seen in the second level
Ruwanweli Seya built in the 2nd century B.C. by King Dutugamunu in Sri Lanka. This dagaba or Stupa is a dome or relic chamber which is build over sacred relics of the Buddha
Check latest post about Ruwanwelisaya in Anuradhapura.