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Let’s Help Dammadinna

Prajapathi Buddhist Centre’s primary effort is to take welfare measures
to alleviate the sufferings caused by inadequate facilities in the temples
which are located in remote areas. We started helping Rev. Dammadinna.

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Suffering Follows The Evil-Doer

Manopubbangama dhamma
manosettha manomaya
manasa ce padutthena

bhasati va karoti va
tato nam dukkhamanveti
cakkamva vahato padam.

Explanation:

All that we experience begins with thought. Our words and deeds spring from thought. If we speak or act with evil thoughts, unpleasant circumstances and experiences inevitably result. Wherever we go, we create bad circumstances because we carry bad thoughts. This is very much like the wheel of a cart following the hoofs of the ox yoked to the cart. The cart-wheel, along with the heavy load of the cart, keeps following the draught oxen. The animal is bound to this heavy load and cannot leave it.

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Happiness Follows The Doer of Good

Manopubbangama dhamma
manosettha manomaya
manasa ce pasannena
bhasati va karoti va
tato nam sukha 
manveti
chayava anapayini.

Explanation: 

All that man experiences springs out of his thoughts. If his thoughts are good, the words and the deeds will also be good. The result of good thoughts , words and deeds will be happiness. This happiness will never leave the person whose thoughts are good. Happiness will always follow him like his shadow that never leaves him.

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Uncontrolled Hatred Leads to Harm

Akkocchi mam avadhi mam
ajini mam ahasi me
ye ca tam upanayhanti
veram tesam na sammati.

Explanation: 

When a person holds that he was insulted, assaulted, defeated, or robbed, his anger continues to increase. The anger such a person has no way of subsiding. The more he goes over his imaginary trouble the greater becomes his desire to avenge it.

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Overcoming Anger

Akkocchi mam avadhi mam
ajini mam ahasi me
ye ca tam nupanayhanti
veram tesupasammati.

Explanation:

Living in human society, people often quarrel with one another. When such conflicts occur, people often keep thinking about the wrongs done to them by others. When that happens, their anger tends to grow. But in those who forgive and forget the wrongs done to them, anger quickly vanishes. They are then at peace.

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Hatred is Overcome Only by Non-hatred

Na hi verena verani
sammantidha kudacanam
averena ca sammanti
esa dhammo sanantano.

Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method is of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom.

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Recollection of Death Brings Peace

Pare ca na vijananti
mayamettha yamamase
ye ca tattha vijananti
tato sammanti medhaga.

Explanation: 

Most of us are not prepared to face the reality of impermanence and death. It is because we forget this fact that our lives are transitory, that we quarrel with each other, as if we are going to live for ever. But, if we face the fact of death, our quarrels will come to an end. We will then realize the folly of fighting when we ourselves are doomed to die. Excited by emotions our thoughts being clouded, we cannot see the truth about life. When we see the truth, however, our thoughts become free of emotions.

 

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Laziness Defeats Spirituality

Subhanupassim viharantam
indriyesu asamvutam
bhojanamhi camattannum
kusitam hinaviriyam
tam ve pasahati Maro

vato rukkhamva dubbalam.

Explanation:

Those who dwell on the attractiveness of sensual enjoyment, and live with the senses unguarded, and are immoderate in eating, they are slothful and weak in perseverance and will-power. Emotions overpower such persons easily as the wind overpowers a weak tree.

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Spiritual Strength is Undefeatable

Asubhanupassim viharantam
indriyesu susamvutam
bhojanamhi ca mattannum
saddham araddhaviriyam
tam ve nappasahati Maro
vato selamva pabbatam.

Explanation: 

Those who dwell on the unattractiveness of sensual enjoyment, and live with the senses well guarded, and are moderate in eating, they are devoted to the Teaching and to persistent methodical practice. Such persons are not overpowered by emotions just as a rocky mountain is not shaken by the wind.

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Those Who Do Not Deserve the Stained Robe

Anikkasavo kasavam
yo vattham paridahissati
apeto damasaccena
na so kasavamarahati.

Explanation: 

A monk may be stained by defilements, bereft of self-control and awareness of reality. Such a monk, though he may wear the ‘stained cloth’ ( the monk’s robe which has been specially coloured with dye obtained from wild plants), he is not worthy of such a saintly garb.

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Prajapathi Foundation was established with a view to help needy Buddhist establishments and people. We take care of welfare measures to alleviate the suffering caused by inadequate facilities in the temples which are located in very remote areas in Sri Lanka. We organize religious campaigns to preserve Buddhist heritage thereby promoting religious and cultural values among the present generation. We try our best to provide a sublime service to enhance Buddhist values and upgrade living standards of indigent Buddhist bodies in Sri Lanka.



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An alms giving in “Sevena” children’s orphanage

Prajapathi Foundation organised a welfare project in “Sevana” children’s orphanage. The children were offered food during this special occasion. As well the organization donated books and educational material.