As we are welcoming the New Year, we wish you wholeheartedly that may this New Year be a great New Year. It is easy to welcome the New Year but it maybe difficult to let go of unwholesome memories of 2014 more so than wholesome memories. However; it is your duty to train yourself to let go of every moment. When you begin to live in the present moment, every moment is a new moment; every minute is a new minute, every hour is a new hour; every day is a new day, every month is a new month and every year is a new year with fresh start with fresh mind. If you have not noticed, what you can notice is that the nature of time is impermanent. This means that every moment; every minute; every hour, every day, every month and every year that the amount of time that we have to live also gets shorter. This is the nature of life. This gives a great value to the time that even though it is impermanent. In day to day life regardless of monks, lay people or celestial beings, or other forms of living beings are bounded by the time. Because we are bounded by the time, time is invaluable for us not just in day to day activities towards success in life but also while travel in the path of purification toward the spiritual Enlightenment. Therefore; even the last word of the Buddha was to be earnest towards spiritual development. Buddha mentioned that just as someone’s hair caught on fire and that person try to put out fire earnestly, one should be earnestly travel in the purified path towards spiritual Enlightenment. Therefore; likewise you have always be with the temple and associated monks, we believe that you will be closely stay with the temple in this New Year and benefit from our service and dedication towards accomplishing your final goal of Spiritual Enlightenment.
Please join with us to pay homage to the 28 Buddhas January 1st, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Nevada Buddhist Temple
May your wishes be fulfilled, may you, your families, relatives, friends live healthy, wealthy, peacefully, and may your children’s education wishes be fulfilled, May you have a spiritual success.
May Noble Triple Gem Bless You!
Nevada Buddhist Vihara
Enhancement of an existing civility; bringing a close rapport between families and individuals; maintaining respect for each other, especially for the elders; leaning to listen to erudite counseling; fruitful discourse between the clergy and lay devotees; understanding the precepts of the Buddhist philosophy in a simple manner to transform them to enrich both spiritual and material lives.
These are the factors that are associated when lay persons flock around a Buddhist Temple.
And, these are the supreme qualities the Nevada Buddhist Temple disseminated since its founding in 1998.
Buddhism is not emerge on bricks and mortars that are used to bring the physical appearance, but on the hearts of those who frequent the institution. It is through that devotion, affinity, civility and constant discourse with the prelates and with the devotees that the atmosphere of equanimity and compassion emerge.
With this emergence of universal kindness and serenity, the dedication on the part of the laymen take a significant turn toward the enrichment of the facilities of a Buddhist Temple.
In recent months, the dedicated devotees made this physical enrichment of the Nevada Buddhist Temple a reality because of the inner enrichment they developed since the founding of the temple.
We now present you how that inner enrichment transformed into a physical enrichment to make the temple more closer to ones sole and heart.
The renaissance of the physical appearance of the Nevada Buddhist Temple was possible because of the maintenance and enhancement of the spiritual renaissance of the devotees.
The Shrine Room was extended to accommodate more devotees with added features such as an improved audio-visual technical system.
The pipe borne water system was greatly improved.
Within the Shrine Room area, a conducive atmosphere was built to enhance the spiritual aspect of the devotees.
Rest Rooms were modified.
These photographs will tell the whole story of the devotion of those who frequent the Nevada Buddhist Vihara.
We have not stopped at that:
Plans are underway to commence the construction of a three-room annex attached to the main temple to extend the facility to guest monks travelling from other states.
The outer appearance of the Temple will be greatly improved as an added attraction. Once all these are completed the Nevada Buddhist Temple will undoubtedly stand-out as a prominent Buddhist place of worship in the Western part of the United States.
Those who are in the State of Nevada and in other states are greatly encouraged to participate in this project by monetarily helping the Temple.
We need to state that Nevada Buddhist Temple is being patronized by a large number of non Buddhist who participate in discourses that bring understanding not only of the Buddhist Philosophy but also about the interaction between all religions.
For monetary assistance, this web site carries the address of the Nevada Buddhist Temple elsewhere.
As we have mentioned in the lead story, we present here the Temple Extension Project- commenced September 2014 – to enhance living facilities for the Buddhist prelates who visit from other states.
LAS VEGAS BUDDHIST TEMPLE: 2040, ABELS LANE, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. 89115
Katina is not only traditional but also one of the most important Buddhist celebration for Buddhists around the world. “Katina” means the idea solid or firm refers to strong karma (good action(s) and good thought(s) generates positive energy by offering Katina robe to the Sanga (Community or assembly of monks) council. At the time of the Buddha, rainy season last for three months in India. Therefore; it was inconvenience for monks to travel outside during the rainy season. Buddha mentioned for monks to reside in the temples during this rainy season but with exceptions. Lot of monks from California participated this ceremony. Ven. Dhamamapala explained about the meritorious deed that accumulate one who offers Katina robe. Also, he mentioned that the monks know their rank not by the day they ordain but by the Vassa which meant by the number of Katina that they participated determines their rank. Ven. Dhammapala mentioned about alms-giving and attachment that how one should give alms-giving without attachment or let go.
Main sponsors of this Katina Ceremony are Mr. Sunil S. Amarasinghe, Mr. Wije Thennakoon, Mr. Anura Kapugamage, and Bindu Mudunkothge families.
May Noble Triple Gem Bless You!
As lay people, you have various attachments to material objects and/or thoughts. Also our mind is constantly burning in the flames of desire, delusion and anger as well as mental and physical suffering. Even for a brief time, in a world that you are attached, to live detached; and in a world that you are burning in flames, to live without flames; we warmly welcome to Las Vegas senior lecturer in department of Pali and Buddhist Studies University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Colombo; chief incumbent of Saranath Buddhist Center, Kalubovila, Ven. Elamaldeniye Sarananda to console your mind with rain of Dhamma. He is currently pursuing PhD program in University of the West, California. His Dhamma sermon will be in “Sinhala Language” and your participation is invaluable. Ven. Elamaldeniye Sarananda is one of the experienced monks who has ability to preach in a way that guide you to carry your mind from mundane to supra-mundane level. We kindly ask you to consider this as a rare opportunity to cultivate your spiritual development and an opportunity to practice virtue, concentration and wisdom. We look forward to see you June 15th Sunday, 2014 at Nevada Buddhist Temple. You may also observe 8 precepts and for more information, please contact Most Ven. Alawala Subhuthi.
May Noble Triple Gem Bless You!