|Sunday||9.00am – 11.30am||Dhamma School for children|
|Sunday||5.00pm – 7.00pm||Meditation Programme|
|Wednesday||6.00pm – 8.00pm||Meditation Programme|
|Saturday||2.30pm – 4.30pm||Meditation Programme for Non- Sinhala speakers|
|Saturday||6.00pm – 7.30pm||Dhamma Sermon & Vandana|
|Second Saturday||8.00am – 4.30pm||SIL Programme - CHRISTCHURCH|
|Third Saturday||8.00am – 5.00pm||SIL Programme – DUNEDIN|
|January 1st||New Year Blessings|
|April||Sinhala & Tamil New Year Blessings|
|July – November||Vassana season||Buddha Vandana, Puja & Dhamma Sermons|
11th May 2019 – Vesak Celebrations
Vesak is a religious and cultural festival in Sri Lanka, observed and celebrated on the first full moon day in the month of May each year. Buddhists commemorate three important events that took place in the life of Lord Buddha on Vesak day: the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, Siddharta Gautama’s attainment of Enlightenment as the Buddha and Lord Buddha’s Parinibbana (death).
Vesak is significant because it reminds Buddhists of the importance of the life of the Buddha. While it is a time of celebration, it is also a time for reflection. As Buddhists think about the Buddha and his enlightenment, they are reminded of the knowledge and insight they believe he gained at enlightenment.
Vesak day is observed by Buddhists throughout the world, with people congregating in temples, bringing offerings, observing Sil and taking part in chanting and meditation. Flowers, candles and joss-sticks are offered to symbolise how life, like flowers, flickering candles and burning joss-sticks, can wither and decay.
8.00am: Observing Ata Sil (Eight precepts)
Vesak Day was celebrated at the Samadhi Vihara on Saturday, 11th of May, with several important events taking place. The day began at 8.00am with about 50 devotees dressed in white clothing, gathering at the temple to observe Sil (eight precepts) under the guidance of Ven. Makuldeniye Somarathana and Ven. Nawathispane Sujathadeva Theros. Throughout the day, the devotees participated in Meditation, Chanting, Offerings to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, Dhamma talks and discussions.
6.00pm: Sath Budu Vandana:
Sath Budu Vandana and Puja started at 6pm in the Dhamma Hall and was conducted with reverence by Ven. Somarathana and Ven Sujathadeva Theros. This is a puja organised for offering homage to the seven Buddhas who attained supreme Buddhahood during last 100 eons (Kalpa). There were offerings and chanting followed by a long and valued discourse on the lives of all seven Buddhas by Ven. Sujathadeva Thero.
A Dansala is usually associated with Vesak day celebrations in Sri Lanka and involves the free distribution of a meal to people. Dana (giving of alms) is a noble gesture associated with the core teachings of Buddhism. The Samdhi Vihara Dansala was sponsored by Niroshini & Jayantha Samarasekera, Morin & Kapila Gunathilaka, Lilani & Ranjitha Liyanapathirana. A delicious meal comprising of rice, vegetable curries and sambol was prepared, which was gratefully received and enjoyed by all.
The temple was beautifully decorated with lanterns (Vesak Kudu), string lights, Buddhist flags etc. The pious serenity of this Vesak day at the Samadhi Vihara was uplifted not only by the lighting and lanterns that dazzled, but also by the enthusiasm and benevolence of the devotees and the generosity of the Dansala organisers.
14th April – Sinhala & Tamil New Year Celebration
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s day (Aluth Avurudda) was celebrated in Christchurch on 14th April 2109 with a New Year Blessing Ceremony at the Samadhi Vihara. The annual event is usually marked by religious ceremonies, family activities, traditional foods, colourful decorations and a general feeling of good will towards neighbours and friends.
Nearly 100 devotees including children, gathered at the Samadhi Vihara to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The Blessing Ceremony was conducted by Ven. Somarathana and Ven. Dhammaloka Theros. The proceedings commenced with the offering of Buddha puja followed by offering of flowers, lighting of candles and incense, pirith chanting and rejoicing in merits. After the blessing ceremony Dana was offered to the venerable Theros.
At the end of the religious activities, all the devotees gathered in the Vihara Common Room to share the traditional foods they had brought to the temple, including Kiribath, kavum, kokis, thalaguli, aluwa, as well as, cake, biscuit and bananas.
9th March 2nd anniversary celebration
We celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of Samadhi Vihara moving to its current premises in Rolleston on 9th March 2019. It was also a celebration of 17 years of existence of the Samadhi Vihara, which was originally established in Christchurch in 2002. To commemorate this special day, several meritorious activities were conducted under the auspices of the resident monks, Ven. Somarathana Thero and Ven. Sumanatissa Thero.
Observance of Eight Precepts
The day’s programme commenced at 8.30am with a total of 25 men, women and children observing Ata Sil. There were Dhamma sermons and discussions, Pirithsajjayanaand Meditation sessions through the day for the Sil participants.
Kuti Sasana Puja
At 9.00am, a Kuti Sasana Puja was performed to offer the 3rd Meditation Kuti constructed at the Samadhi Vihara to the Vihara and the Sasana. The puja was conducted by Ven. Somarathana Thero. A large gathering of devotees participated in the puja which was sponsored by the families donating the Kuti.
Sath Budu Vandana
This is a puja organised for offering homage to the seven Buddhas who attained supreme Buddhahood duringlast100eons(Kalpa). At 10.00am, the Sath Budu Vandana was conducted with an immense amount of respect and devotion by Ven. Somarathana, Ven. Sumanatissa and Ven. Dhammaloka Theros. The puja was sponsored by Wolga and Sudath Welangoda and there were about 60 devotees in attendance.
Dahawal Dana/ Gilanpasa
A Pindapatha Dana was offered to the Venerable monks and all Sil participant, which was sponsored by Lakmali and Pradeep Ratnayake. Gilanpasa was sponsored by Thamali Jayasekera for the monks and Sil participants. All the devotees attending these meritorious events also shared lunch provided by the sponsors of the pujas.
It was indeed a joyous occasion, encompassing several meritorious events.
We are deeply indebted to all the sponsors for their generosity and to all those who helped with organizing the day’s events. Our gratitude is also extended to Ven. Somarathana Thero, Ven. Sumanatissa Thero and Ven. Dhammaloka Thero, for their invaluable teachings and their compassion and kindness shown to all.
Meditation Retreat & Mindful Day Camp 18th & 19th January 2019