4.59. Myanmar - Shwekyin Nikaya Buddhists Order Abhidhajamaharatthaguru

Thứ bảy - 11/05/2019 05:05
Dr. Ashin Nyanissara


 
CONGRATULATORMESSAGE
 
For UN Vesak Day 2019



It has been 2643 years since the Sakyamuni Siddhattha Gotama was born.

It has been 2608 years since the Sakyamuni Siddhattha Gotama attained the Supreme Enlightenment and became the Buddha, the Fully Enlightened One.

It has been 2563 years since the Sakyamuni Siddhattha Gotama passed into Parinibanna.

On this Threefold Sacred Day” of the Buddha, I would like to convey my profound message to the entire people of the world.

It was the Buddha who appeared only after exceedingly long period of incalculable worlds.

It was the Buddha who sacrificed his personal interest of achieving Emancipation and Noble Bliss which was within his easy reach by suspending his endeavors towards this goal for four aeons and one hundred thousand worlds. He, instead, fulfilled the Ten Perfections for the sake of all sentient beings.

It was the Buddha who renounced his luxurious life as a Crown Prince, high royal position and power, wealth, wife and son in exchange for the Noble Truth, Emancipation and Genuine Peace.

It was the Buddha who did not claim the monopoly of Buddhahood or the Supreme Enlightenment he had achieved by his own exertion and revealed the path that leads thereto to others.

It was the Buddha who had liberated from the worldly captivity (cycle of rebirths, ageing and death), felt most compassionate for others to enjoy liberation he had achieved;

It was the Buddha who did not bother others in his attempt in achieving Peace and Emancipation.

It was the Buddha who taught humans to understand the true nature of life. Without understanding the truth, it is very difficult to solve the problems of life. Without understanding the truth, it is not possible to become real humans or Buddhists.

It was the Buddha who emphatically taught us that the four Noble Truths can be realized only in this very fathom-long human body.

It was the Buddha who renounced all worldly pleasures and donning the simple yellow robe of an ascetic, alone, penniless, wanderedforthinsearchofTruthandPeace.Itwasanunprecedented historic renunciation.

It was the Buddha who strenuously practised all forms of severe austerities, heedless of his limb and life for the achievement of Truth, Peace and Liberation.

It was the Buddha who never hesitated to approach any religious teachers who could guide him the right way to Truth, Peace and Emancipation he had been searching for.

It was the Buddha who went his own way to attain the Supreme Enlightenment as he found that all teachings and methods of famous religious teachers of his time did not satisfy him.

It was the Buddha who guided the whole world that those searching for Truth and Emancipation must avoid two extremes_ self-indulgence to defilements and self-modification, explicitly stating that the Middle Way which is free from two extremes can give eyes to the blind, peace to the hostile world, unity to the disunited world, emancipation to those held in the captivity  of  mistaken belief and defilements, as  he  realized  that  various  sectarians  of his time who promised people Peace and Emancipation were just extremists.

It was the Buddha who expounded the “Middle Wayand the Four Noble Truthsby his own efforts and wisdom, unaided and unguided by any supernatural power, which could not be expounded by any ascetic, priest, god, Mara or Brahma in this world.

It was the Buddha who exhorted the human beings who were deluded by ignorance to be self-dependent and not to seek refuge in others, asserting that realization of Truth within oneself is the one and only way in which they should take refuge.

It was the Buddha who indicated the misguided men to refuge only in the noble character they have practiced and the wisdom they have penetrated through their own striving.

It was the Buddha who opened the eyes of the blind who were guided by the unlearned at the beginning of the worlds religions by virtue of the Middle Way he himself had discovered.

It was the Buddha who began to spread His noble teachings over 2600 years ago and since then, no single drop of blood has been shed throughout its peaceful march.

It was the Buddha who bravely opposed autocracy, feudalism, prostitution and human trafficking.

It was the Buddha who always protested against racial discrimination and caste distinction between Kings and peasants, bankers and beggars, holy men and robbers, princesses and prostitutes, Bramins and outcasts.

It was the Buddha who emphasized the importance of wisdom andCharacterwhichisnon-aggressive,non-dogmatic,non-extreme, non- theocentric, realistic, homocentric and ethical teachings.

It was the Buddha who was not born as a little Buddha, but he made himself so by strenuously fulfilling the Ten Perfections for quite a long period of years,
It was the Buddha who was born as a human being.
It was the Buddha who lived as a man and His life came to an end.

It was the Buddha who was not a myth, but with a vivid human personality.
It was the Buddha who was not an immortal divine being.

It was the Buddha, who was an extraordinary man, and was nobler than any other ordinary human beings for his unsurpassed and unparalleled qualities.

It was the Buddha who held the noblest practice which was beyond imagination for ordinary human beings.

It was the Buddha who was fully endowed with the knowledge of Dhamma that any human beings or celestial beings dared not expect to know.

It was the Buddha who had incomparable qualities such as magnanimity, patience, tolerance and forgiveness.

It was the Buddha who came to this human world to give the noblest guidance to the human beings.

It was the Buddha who encouraged human beings that they themselves are to refuge in the Dhamma they have practised, which is like the light that shows their way to liberation and also like the island that saves their lives while endlessly swimming in the pool of defilement.

It was the Buddha who explicitly taught human beings that their noblest possession in life is nothing but Morality and Wisdom.

It was the Buddha who always asserted that if one is endowed with Wisdom and Character, he or she is undoubtedly noble, regardless of race or caste that he or she belongs to. It is Wisdom and Character that play a vital role in living a better and meaningful life. If one lacks one of them or both, ones life would be insecure, unstable and meaningless;

It has been 2563 years since the Buddha, who untiringly admonished human beings with such noble and invaluable teachings, took his noble demise. On his demise, he did not take anything with him but only peace he had achieved, but He left his teachings, the Dhamma which is Truth and Peace and also the way to practice the Dhamma. The way to Wisdom and character, Truth, Peace and Emancipation he expounded is not confined to any particular race, religion and nation. The Dhamma the Buddha expounded is neither optimism nor pessimism; it is the way to realize the Truth and Reality. It has nothing to do with dogmatic extremism and racialism. The Buddha and his Dhamma do not belong to the Buddhists only; it is open for all pure-hearted and noble- hearted people. It belongs to the 
general inheritance of all cultivated men who can think clearly with their open minds.

It is Wisdom and Character that the Buddha left is the common ground for all human beings.

It is Morality and Wisdom that the Buddha left is the common platform for all human beings.

It is Truth and Peace that the Buddha left is the common destination for all human beings.

It is the Buddha who has given warmth to the whole world and lit it with his sun-like wisdom;

It is the Buddha who has spread peace to the whole world with his moon-like loving-kindness and compassion;

Thus, we always pay our unswerving tribute to the Buddha who is endowed with such most glorious and virtuous attributes, and as the peerless teacher of all beings.
Let us strive to take the Middle Way in the world of extremism. Let us strive to hold the Truth in the world of lies.

Let us strive to live with Forgiveness in the world of mutual accusations.

Let us strive to live with Loving-kindness in the world of animosity and hostility.

Let us strive to lead a life without harming anyone else in this unstable world.

Let us strive to live in Peace in the world of conflicts and fighting.

Let us strive to live our lives peacefully where most of our life span is less than one hundred years.

Though 2563 years have elapsed since the passing away of the Buddha, the Greatest Teacher of all beings, yet the Dhamma Torch He lit is still shining brightly not only in Asia but around the whole world, which indicates the way of peace that we all have to walk on together.
I sincerely wish all human beings to live together in peace and 
harmony on our Common Platform of Wisdom and character as guided by our Greatest Teacher, the Buddha.

May you all be calm and peaceful like the full Moon.


 
Dr. Ashin Nyanissara
Vice Sangha Raja of Shwekyin Nikaya Buddhist Order
Abhidhajamaharatthaguru, Ph.D., D.Litt.
Founder of Sitagu International Buddhist Missionary Association
Chancellor of Sitagu International Buddhist Academies
Patron of Sitagu Ayadana and Sekkhu Dhana Hospitals
Chairman of the Board of Director of Theravada Dhamma Society
of America

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