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අසිරිමත් දම්සක

posted Oct 4, 2017, 3:47 PM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 3:49 PM ]

අසිරිමත් දම්සක



Fall Bottle Drive 2017

posted Aug 27, 2017, 6:57 AM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 8:00 AM ]

Fall Bottle Drive 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

When: 
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm
Where:
Mill Woods Bottle Depot (2830, Parsons Rd NW, Edmonton)

We are looking for volunteers for the followings:
  • Drivers to collect bottles (especially those who could bring a pickup truck or a minivan)
  • Children to collect bottles with volunteer drivers (age 8 and up preferred but younger children are also welcome with their parents)
  • Volunteers at the bottle depot to collect and sort bottles
  • Sponsors for lunch and snacks (please contact Bhagya at 780-432-0692)
If you are able to kindly volunteer for this worthy cause, please inform us in one of the followings ways as soon as possible:
We would also like to request all of you to kindly collect bottles from your homes and friends and deliver them to the bottle depot or send them with a volunteer on the day of the bottle drive between 10 am and 2 pm. 

We encourage everyone to contribute with at least one bagful of bottles. If you wish ABVA to arrange for a pickup, please let us know by Sunday September 10th, we will make arrangements for a volunteer to pick up.
 
We thank you in advance for your help in making this fundraiser successful!

All proceeds go to support the Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre and the Dhamma School.

Sri Lankan Night Presented by ABVA

posted Aug 23, 2017, 8:58 PM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Sep 9, 2017, 10:21 AM ]

Sri Lankan Night 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Featuring 
  • LIVE Sri Lankan folk songs
  • Drum orchestra with traditional drumming
  • Unique cultural dance performances
  • and much more … 
  • With Authentic Sri Lankan & Western Dinner
Date
    Saturday, Sep 30, 2017

Venue
    Hellenic-Canadian Reception Hall
    10450 116 St NW
    Edmonton
    Alberta

Tickets
  • Adult - $50 
  • Children, 6-16 years - $30 
  • Under 6 years - free
Reserve your tickets with:
  • Bhagya Liyanage: 780-432-0692
  • Amith Nikapitiyawithana: 780-232-0450
  • Thushari  Weerasinghe:  780-984-3789
  • Ranjana Witharana: 780-434-6440
  • Chethani Ratnayake: 780-604-7472
  • Online: https://goo.gl/z6cnqE.

All proceeds go to support the Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre.

තුන්තිස් පැයේ සීල භාවනා වැඩසටහන / Overnight Precepts Observation Program

posted Aug 7, 2017, 12:59 PM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 12:59 PM ]


To enable our devotees earn more merits during this Rains Retreat season, SVMC is offering a special Overnight Precept Observation Retreat from 7.30 am on Saturday, August 19 to 7.30 am on Sunday, August 20, 2017. This event will take place at SVMC (3454 - 37 Street NW, Edmonton) and will include chanting, meditation, sermons and Dhamma discussions. 

The regular Monthly Precept Observation Retreat will also take place from 7:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday August 19 as part of this special overnight program.

If you would like to attend either the overnight full program or the regular precept-observation component, please contact the Temple at 780-641-9795 or Pushpa Liyanage at 780-430-6302. Registration is on a first come first served basis due to space limitation. 

වස්කාලය තුළ වැඩි වශයෙන් කුසල් රැස්කිරීම අරමුණු කරමින් සංවිධානය කරන විශේෂ සිල් වැඩසටහන අගෝස්තු මස 19 වන සෙනසුරාදා උදේ 7.30 සිට 20 වනදා උදේ 7.30 දක්වා සිදු කෙරේ. භාවනා, වන්දනා, ධර්ම දේශනා සහ ධර්ම සාකච්ඡා වශයෙන් පෙළගැසෙන මෙම වැඩසටහන සඳහා සහභාගිවන ලෙස මෙත් සිතින් ඔබට ඇරයුම් කරමු. 

මාසිකව සිදුකෙරෙන සිල් වැඩසටහනද සුපුරිදු පරිදි මේ හා සමගාමීව සිදු කෙරේ. 

මෙම වැඩසටහන් දෙකින් කැමති එකකට සහභාගී වීමට පින්වත් ඔබට ඉඩ ඇති අතර, ඔබ ඒ සඳහා සහභාගි වීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නේ නම් ඒ බව විහාරස්ථානය 780-641-9795 හෝ පුෂ්පා ලියනගේ 780-430-6302 අමතා දැනුම් දෙන මෙන් කාරුණිකව ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. 

සුමධුර කවි බණ දෙසුම

posted Jul 28, 2017, 10:18 PM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Jul 28, 2017, 10:22 PM ]


එඩ්මන්ටන් නගරයේ පළමු වරට සංවිධානය කරන සුමධුර කවි බණ දෙසුම. අගෝස්තු මස 6 වනදා සවස 7:00 ට. 

දේශකයාණන් වහන්සේ කැල්ගරි ඒහිපස්සිකෝ විහාරවාසී, දොම්පේ ශ්‍රී සාරානන්ද මහ පිරිවෙන්පති ශාස්ත්‍රපති රාජකීය පණ්ඩිත පූජ්‍ය දික්කාපිටියේ සේනානන්ද හිමිපාණන් වහන්සේ. 

ස්ථානය: Southwood Community League - 1880 37 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6L 2R2. පන්සලේ සිට විනාඩි 5 දුරින්. 

සවස 6 සිට රාත්‍රී 10 දක්වා කුඩා දරුවන් බලාගැනීම සඳහා විහාරස්ථානයේ පහසුකම් සැළසේ. 

වැඩසටහන අවසානයේ තේ පැන් සංග්‍රහයක් සිදු කෙරේ.

Rains Retreat (Vassäna) Special Season - 2017

posted Jul 5, 2017, 11:20 PM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

Rains Retreat (Vassäna) Special Season - 2017

 July - October, 2017.

Vassäna is the most fruitful season for both Monks and Lay practitioners. Having adequate  time, they dedicate the life for true practice. During this period they highly focus on meditation, dhamma discussions, sermons, chanting, offerings etc. Spending time together for numerous wholesome activities, they gain enormous merits and wholesomeness in order to reach the supermundane stages and final liberation of this samsaric journey. 

Sponsor, Vouchsafe and Patronize

Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre offers a series of special programs during 2017 Vassäna season. You are cordially invited to sponsor these programs and earn great merits. 

Sponsoring is not always about spending money. It is an honourable dedication on behalf of fellow followers. Therefore, we request and encourage you to take a part in this opportunity and help bring forward the other people and let us make a way them to accumulate this great occasion.

Program Schedule

The program schedule is as follows. To sponsor any of these sessions, please submit the details using the form at the bottom of this page. Thank you.

Please select a session which has not yet been selected in the Current Sponsors list shown on this page.



Current Sponsors

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Cooling the heart in Summer with Dhamma

posted Jul 5, 2017, 1:27 PM by President - Alberta Buddhist Vihara Association   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

Cooling the heart in Summer with Dhamma

Sunday July 16, 2017. Venue:  to be announced.




Poson Celebration 2017

posted Jun 14, 2017, 10:30 AM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Aug 27, 2017, 6:25 AM ]


This is a special celebration that Sri Lankans organize to commemorate significance of the June full moon day, called as Poson. Venerable Mahinda who is son of the Emperor Ashoka arrived to Sri Lanka in 3rd century BC with the Gautama Buddha's message. The King Devanampiya Tissa was ruling the county in that period. 

The Sri Lankan Buddhist community in Edmonton gratefully organize the Poson celebration in June. Devotional songs, Lanterns, Free food (Dansala) will take a place in this celebration.

You are invited to:

  • Make a lantern for the competition (Max size is 3 ft x 3 ft -- can be smaller. Winners will be selected based on public votes and will be rewarded).
  • Offer an unused household item(s) for the silent auction fundraiser.

    Please let us know by submitting the following online form or by contacting Bhagya Liyanage (780-432-0692) or Dhammika Ranatunga (780-438-5320).




 


Spring Bottle Drive

posted Apr 4, 2017, 9:44 PM by President - Alberta Buddhist Vihara Association   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 10:05 PM ]


ABVA will be conducting the Spring Bottle Drive Fundraiser on Saturday April 29th, 2017 at the Millwoods Bottle Depot (2830, Parsons Road) from 10 am to 2 pm. We are looking for volunteers for the followings:
  • Volunteers to drive to collect bottles (we especially need volunteer drivers with pickup trucks or minivans - please volunteer if you can)
  • Volunteer children (age 8 and up preferred) to collect bottles with volunteer drivers (please note that younger children are also welcome with their parents)
  • Volunteers at the bottle depot to collect and sort bottles
  • Sponsor lunch and snacks for the volunteers (please contact Bhagya at 780-432-0692 if you wish to sponsor snacks/lunch)
If you are able to volunteer for this worthy cause, please complete the online form below or contact one of the followings as soon as possible to confirm:
We would also like to request all of you to collect recyclables from your homes and friends, and deliver them to the bottle depot (2830, Parsons Road NW) or send them with another volunteer on the day of the bottle drive between 10 am and 2 pm. We encourage everyone to contribute with at least one bagful of bottles. If you wish ABVA to arrange for a pickup, please let us know by Sunday April 23rd, we will do our best to make arrangements for a volunteer to pick up the bottles from your place.
 
We thank you in advance for your help in making this fundraiser successful!

Bottle Drive Sign-up Form


Meditation Retreat March 04, 2017

posted Feb 21, 2017, 5:51 PM by Kamal Ranaweera   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 6:09 PM ]

One-day Meditation on Mindfulness of the Body (Kāyānupassanā)

Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre is pleased to offer the fourth one-day special meditation retreat for regular participants and beginners on Saturday March 4th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at SVMC (3454 - 37 Street NW, Edmonton). This retreat will be based on mindfulness of the body (Kāyānupassanā). If you would like to participate in this great meritorious deed, please sign up by submitting the form in the page below:


http://www.abva.org/forms/one-day-retreat-signup


Space is limited to 25 participants. Individuals who sign up after this limit will be kept in a waiting list. If you signed up but cannot attend for any reason, please let us know at least by March 1st so that we can inform the participants in the waiting list.


Lunch will be kindly provided by Samitha & Pemarathne,  Nishani & Jayathilaka families.


You are kindly requested to read the following excerpts from the Satipattāna sutta prior to attending this retreat. We will be practicing most of the activities described in these excerpts during the retreat, besides sitting meditation.


The Four Postures

“Again, bhikkhus, when walking, a bhikkhu understands: ‘I am walking’; when standing, he understands: ‘I am standing’; when sitting, he understands: ‘I am sitting’; when lying down, he understands: ‘I am lying down’; or he understands accordingly however his body is disposed.”


“In this way he abides contemplating the “body as a body internally, externally, and both internally and externally… And he abides independent, not clinging to anything in the world. That too is how a bhikkhu abides contemplating the body as a body.”


Full Awareness

“Again, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu is one who acts in full awareness when going forward and returning; who acts in full awareness when looking ahead and looking away; who acts in full awareness when flexing and extending his limbs; who acts in full awareness when wearing his robes and carrying his outer robe and bowl; who acts in full awareness when eating, drinking, consuming food, and tasting; who acts in full awareness when defecating and urinating; who acts in full awareness when walking, standing, sitting, falling asleep, waking up, talking, and keeping silent.”


“In this way he abides contemplating the body as a body internally, externally, and both internally and externally… And he abides independent, not clinging to anything in the world. That too is how a bhikkhu abides contemplating the body as a body.”

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