Prayer for world peace held in Diyun

 

DIYUN, SEP 15: According to Buddhist tradition, it is believed that if you sincerely wish and pray for peace in the world, it truly comes about. And, it has been a tradition among Buddhists to pray for world peace out of compassion. They often come together in a congregation for this purpose, and these congregations are most often than not led by experienced and proficient Buddhist monks.

One such congregation is being held at Sadhanarama Bana Vihar (Jyotsnapur I Village), Diyun. It is a month long programme that started on August 29, 2015 which anybody is free to join. Every evening from 6 pm to 8 pm, a huge gathering is witnessed. Every evening, meditation session, Dhamma discourse, etc. are held led by Venerable Nanda Pal Mahathero, a renowned Buddhist monk, along with the Bhikkhu Sangha (a congregation of monks) of the Sadhanarama Bana Vihar (Jyotsnapur I village), Diyun. The congregation prays for world peace in particular and for the happiness and well-being of all the livings on earth in general.

Buddhists consider these kinds of congregations auspicious because at the individual level, participants believe that these prevent accidents, eliminate problems, difficulties, ill omens, etc.; beneficial works both personal as well as community-based culminates in success as a result these while bad karma is wiped out off the way.

On top of that participation in these kinds of congregation is believed to cultivate in the participants Maitri which is benevolence, good will and kindness; Koruna which is generally translated as compassion; Mudita which is sympathetic joy; Upekkha which is equanimity; and Ahimsa which means causing no injury, or doing no harm.

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