“Just as a flower, beautiful as well as fragrant, will give the wearer the benefit of its scent, so also, the well-preached words of the Buddha will benefit one who practices the Dhamma” – Dhammapada Verse 52
Lay people are encouraged to participate in dhamma activities/events held at Vihara BoonRaksa (unless specified otherwise) as follows:
1) Pindapata – daily at 7.00am, in Balik Pulau town (in front of Ceria 99)
2) Dāna – daily at 9.00am
3) Dhamma Talk – daily at 11.00am
4) Chanting – daily, every morning at 5.00am and evening at 7.30pm
6) Kathina/Phapa – held after Vassa (rains retreat), subject to decision of the Sangha.
For more details on each of the above activity, please refer to its respective section by clicking on the words.
“If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of selfishness overcome their minds. – Itivuttaka, verse 26
In keeping with Theravada Buddhist tradition, the Sangha of VBR goes for daily pindapata, around 7.00am. If you wish to offer alms, please arrive at Balik Pulau town car park area where Ceria 99 shop (5°21’06.6″N 100°14’08.1″E) is located.
Pindapata, the practice of collecting alms food, connects the monastic community with the lay people in an interdependent and mutually beneficial way. It provides opportunity to the laity to perform good deeds and acquire merits, through their food offerings to the monks.
However, there may be times when the Sangha of VBR are not in residence, and therefore, no pindapata. Lay devotees are advised to check this page for any updates. (There are few ways to know, website: announcement page, FB group, VBR whatsapp group)
Verily misers fare not to heavenly realms,
Nor, indeed, do fools ever praise liberality;
But the wise man rejoices in giving,
And by that alone does he become happy hereafter.— Dhammapada verse 177
“Dāna” is a Pali word which means giving or generosity, and is an important foundation of Buddhist practice. In performing dāna, such as offering of food and requisites to the monks, one should be happy before, during and after the offering.
At VBR, offering of Dāna starts at 9.00am. Devotees are advised to arrive before 8.45am to prepare for the meal offering. You are encouraged to bring your own food containers or tiffin carriers.
After accepting the offering of food from devotees, the abbot or resident monk will give a short dhamma reflection/guided meditation, followed by transference of merits. Everyone will then be invited to have a share in the meal (balance of food after the monks had taken their portion). After finishing the meal, you may volunteer to help wash the dishes and clean up the place – opportunities for you to perform further meritorious deed, in addition to dāna.
Usually, there will be a dhamma talk at 11.00am, followed by Q & A session, if time permits.
On Buddhist Observance Days, also known as Uposatha* days, which are the new, full and quarter moons of each month, the devotees will request the monk to administer the precepts and take refuge in the Triple Gem, before Dana offering begins.
*Kindly note that in VBR, we follow the Thai calendar version of Uposatha days. Please click on this link to view the Uposatha calendar for year 2020.
Evening Chanting on Uposatha Days
Verse 24: If a person is energetic, mindful, pure in his thought, word and deed, and if he does everything with care and consideration, restrains his senses, earns his living according to the Law (Dhamma) and is not unheedful, then, the fame and fortune of that mindful person steadily increase.
On Uposatha days (on each new and full moon days in accordance to Thai calendar), devotees are encouraged to renew their dedication to dhamma practice and join the Sangha for Evening Chanting which begins at 7.30pm. This is usually followed by a short dhamma talk/ guided meditation, with opportunity for Q & A if time permits.