4. 87. Sweden - Sveriges Buddhistiska Samarbetsrad, SBS, The Buddhist Cooperation Council of Sweden

Thứ bảy - 11/05/2019 01:18
Bhante K. S. Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera


CONGRATULATORMESSAGE
 
For UN Vesak Day 2019



We have all gathered here to celebrate the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. On this day, as a representative for the Buddhist Cooperation Council of Sweden, I would like to take the opportunity to send our best regards and warm-hearted wishes on this wonderful occasion.

We have also gathered here to discuss several subjects of great significance in our modern world, one of which is the Buddhist Approach to Harmonious Families, Healthcare and Sustainable Societies.

How do we as Buddhists contribute to a sustainable society and healthcare?

Today, the world is facing new challenges in form of climate change, increased stress, as well as artificial intelligences and other technological innovations effect on our interaction with other people. To meet these challenges, the need for a mindful and ethical lifestyle is becoming increasingly important.

We can see, that very often the knowledge about the material objects and material wellbeing is being emphasized in educational institutions. Very seldom they teach the value of mental wellbeing and inner richness. With todays advanced marketing we are getting even more used to think, that consumerism is a solution to most of our problems. That we can purchase an identity, self-realisation and happiness by consuming certain products and brands, which is promised by all the glossy advertising.

But as we know, those outer objects can never fully satisfy us. They are fleeting and that shallow satisfaction lasts only for

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limited time. While we are consuming more due to these ideas, the environment is being negatively affected, which also affects our climate and the future of the coming generations.

By looking inwards and by contemplating on the wisdom of The Buddha, we can find inner contentment and joy, which reduces the need for excess consumption. By consuming less and being more mindful of our purchases, we can save and preserve our environment.

As a parallel to the above material emphasis in the society today, when it comes to the health care in Sweden, the emphasis is on medical treatment, where the aspect of spiritual care is not seen as important, as it is not as tangible and material. Together with faith communities in Sweden, like Islam, Orthodox, Judaist, we as Buddhists are continuously bringing up the significance of spiritual care for aiding recovery after illness and to address not only the need of caring about the body, but also about the mind. It has been shown in research, that faith and a calm, tranquil mind can aid in management of pain and blood pressure, as well as having other positive effects as a complement to a medical treatment.

As Buddhists, we can contribute with the profound knowledge of Buddha Shakyamuni, which is also called the science of mind. A better understanding of ourselves and of the cause and effect can bring more harmony and happiness in our lives. In any situation in life a positive, virtuous mind is of immense help.

I will be delighted to present to you a summary of how the Buddhist Cooperation Council of Sweden is currently working in the field of Buddhist spiritual care.
 
Bhante K. S. Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera Ekaterina Panova,
Secretary

Sveriges Buddhistiska Samarbetsråd (SBS) The Buddhist Cooperation Council of Sweden

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