Sri Lanka Flood Relief - 2017

Sri Lanka needs our help. Recent floods have devastated the lives of the many thousands. This is the worst disaster after tsunami in 2004. Please come join us. We will make sure that our dedicated volunteers in Sri Lanka reach the flood victims directly without any admin cost. We're now accepting donations. We need your help to reach our goal, and any amount makes a difference.
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Useful links related to Sri Lanka floods:

For Online Donations:
Please click:
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For Cash & Checks

Checks & Cash are accepted. If you are in Los Angeles area please hand over them to Lankarama Buddhist Institute, 398 Giano Ave, La Puente, CA 91744. 


If you are in Sri Lanka, please contact our local representatives there: 

Mr. Wimala Wijeratne (Nugegoda) - 0722709196. Mr. Dimutu Wettimuni (Ratmalana) - 0714179685. Ms. Indika Thushari (Gampaha) - 0714553002

You can donate cash or any other required materials in Sri Lanka. 


Here are some of the urgent requirements that we need in Sri Lanka. We are planning to help Kalawana, Anguruwatota and Kosgulana areas. Here are some of the urgent requirements that you can provide:


For GS Division 633A – Kananwila, Anguruwatota:
}Population
}Kananwila   : Approximately 40 households
}Prabuddhagama   : Approximately 60 households
}21 Aches   : Approximately 50 households
}Mambogoda   : Approximately 60 households
Total  : 210 Households
Urgently needed:
shoes, uniforms & school supplies for affected kids to facilitate schooling  
mattresses, pillows, covers and bed-sheets 
A medical camp cleaning equipment and chemicals 

Next Stage:
}Provide dry rations for about 2 weeks until life is back to normal for their occupancy
}Continue to clean water wells – need heavy duty water pumps or money to hire
}Repair houses, roofs & toilets – need help
}Build better sanitary facilities – need help
}Build small houses at a cost of US$ 2,500 per house – need help and we will allocate a house depending on the ability to donate. We will prioritize based on damage to existing house and their income
}Help check and repair house electrical circuits/plugs which were submerged – need help
}Provide 3 boats to be used in such emergencies – this will be handed over and managed by Grama Seveka officer (Village Officer,  appointed by government) – need help
}Help establish professions for breadwinners – needs help
}Rebuild Game Kade (convenient shop)
}Provide a carpentry table and tools for carpenter
}Conduct educational sessions to manage future disaster – need help from professionals
}Provide radios, TVs, basic refrigerators, house hold appliances – including used items. Need help
For Kosgulana:
There are 150 children who had lost their books due to flood. They are requesting:
two books, one pen, One pencil , One eraser  & 3 yards of white cloth for their uniforms. 
There are 700 families in the area who had lost their belongings.
Medical help & sanitary items. 
Volunteer help to clean the houses, roads, and drinking water wells.

For Kalawana:
We will reach and distribute some dry rations and other materials. 
Medical help is required in all these areas. 
Sanitary items are very essential. 
Cleaning service with volunteers. 
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Here are some of the photos we received from the local representatives:
Damage:











Thank you donors (update on 6.18.2017):

Thank you for the donations so far. We sincerely appreciate all our good hearted donors and well wishers. All the donations will directly go to the benefit of the flood victims. May all those affected in this natural disaster recover soon and live safely and happily with good health! May all beings be well and happy and healthy!
  • Chandrani Kahanda 
  • Chandrani Wickramatunge 
  • Margaret Meloni 
  • Mark Ragsdale 
  • Ven. Lelwala Nagitha 
  • Edmund Amarasinghe
  • Jessica Liu
  • Meitze Wu
  • Yvonne Tseng
  • Max May Ong
  • Bee Sim Tan
  • Tin Htut Oo


Decoding Meditation & Insight Meditation

One-Day Meditation Retreat

Lankarama Buddhist Institute is organizing a special Dhamma event - A Vipassana Meditation & Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Laung Puu Tiva Argaparo. This is a rare opportunity for our Dhamma community to meet a very experienced spiritual master from Thailand. Please come join us with your young and old family members for any or all of these events. 



Here is the Schedule

Time          Thursday June 8, 2017 
         6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Place        
Lankarama Buddhist Institute                    
           398 Giano Ave, La Puente, CA 91744  

Subject    Decoding Meditation and   
                 Insight Meditation

Medium   English & Thai

Light Snack and Free Parking available



All Are Welcome!



Laung Puu Tiva Arpagaro was born on March 4, 1933 and is 84 years old.  He has been an ordained Buddhist Monk for 57 years.   He is a Thai Citizen and belongs to the Dhammayut Order of Theravada Buddhism.  He studied with the venerable teachers Ajahn Louis Chantasaro, Ajahn Chob Tansamo and Ajahn Somchai Taviriyo as well as under the Forest Tradition Masters Laung Puu Mun Bhuridatta, Laung Puu Fuang Jotiko and Luang Puu Waen Sujinno. 



ขอเชิญเข้าร่วมฝึกอบรมหลักสูตรอานาปานสติ ฝ่ายวิปัสสนายานิก โดยหลวงปู่ทิวา อาภากโร อายุ 84 ปี 57 พรรษา อดีตนายทหารเรือออกบวชเมื่อปี 2501 ณ วัดปทุมวนาราม และ ออกปฏิบัติ วิปัสสนากรรมฐาน ตามพ่อแม่ ครูอาจารย์ คือ หลวงปู่หลุย จัทสาโร  เป็นพระธรรมทูต
ตั้งแต่ พ.ศ. 2524 ถึง ปัจจุบัน และ ดำรงตำแหน่งเจ้าอาวาสวัดพุทธเยฐจพล เมืองแฟรงค์เฟิรงต ประเทศเยอรมันนี

วัน เวลา สถานที่       วันพฤหัสที่ 8 มิถุนายน พ.ศ. 2560
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm ณ วัดศรีลังกา

 Inquiries: 

Ven. Sumanatissa (abbot) -: 626-913-0775 (sumanatissa@yahoo.com)
Ven. Sumitta -:                       626-365-7097 (dhammaus15@gmail.com)
Ven. Nagita -:                         626-592-7102 (lelwalan@gmail.com)
Aroon Seeda -:                      626-692-3476 (aroon.seeda@gmail.com)

Images during the Event: 


















Tirokuḍḍa sutta - Discourse about Departed Ones

                                                  Khuddakapāṭha 
                                      Tirokuḍḍa sutta

The Beyond the Walls Discourse

(Most of us are so scared of ghosts and spirits and many want to get rid of them. But in fact, they are our own relatives. Once they were our own mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, relatives and friends. So, do we need to fear them and treat them badly? If we think of them with a compassionate mind, and transfer merit to them, they will definitely be happier and will not harm anyone. Once again, the power of compassion (metta) can make such a big difference. Please read this sutta and try to understand that these departed relatives are with us and we don't have to worry or fear. If they need our help, let us help them by transferring merit. If we help them there will be no problem from them. If we disturb or intend to harm them, they might try to harm us as well. Hence, it is time to co-exist with everyone peacefully and with compassion. May all beings be well and happy!)

Here is the Pali & English version of one of the most important Buddhist suttas regarding departed ones:- 

Tirokuṭṭesu tiṭṭhanti,
sandhisiṅghāṭakesu ca;
Dvārabāhāsu tiṭṭhanti,
āgantvāna sakaṃ gharaṃ.
They stand beyond the walls,
and at the junctions and crossroads,
they stand at the door-posts,
having come to their former homes.
Pahūte annapānamhi,
khajjabhojje upaṭṭhite;
Na tesaṃ koci sarati,
sattānaṃ kammapaccayā.
But when abundant food and drink,
both staple and non-staple, is prepared,
no one remembers these
beings, because of their past unwholesome deeds,
Evaṃ dadanti ñātīnaṃ,
ye honti anukampakā;
Suciṃ paṇītaṃ kālena,
kappiyaṃ pānabhojanaṃ.
Thus those who are compassionate
give to their departed relatives,
at the right time, pure, excellent,
suitable drink and food.
Idaṃ vo ñātīnaṃ hotu,
sukhitā hontu ñātayo;
Te ca tattha samāgantvā,
ñātipetā samāgatā.

Thinking: “May this go to our relatives,
may our relatives be happy!”
Those who have gathered,
the departed relatives who have assembled
Pahūte annapānamhi,
sakkaccaṃ anumodare;
Ciraṃ jīvantu no ñātī,
yesaṃ hetu labhāmase.
Around the food and drink,
respectfully offer their thanks: 
saying: “ May our relatives live long!
Those to whom we owe this gain,
Amhākañca katā pūjā,
dāyakā ca anipphalā;
Na hi tattha kasī atthi,
gorakkhettha na vijjati.
For we have been honoured,
those who give are not without reward!”
For in that place there is no ploughing,
and cattle-rearing is not found there,
Vaṇijjā tādisī natthi,
hiraññena kayākayaṃ;
Ito dinnena yāpenti,
petā kālagatā tahiṃ.
Similarly there is no trading,
or buying and selling of gold.

The departed in that place who have died,
have to subsist on gifts.
Unname udakaṃ vuṭṭhaṃ,
yathā ninnaṃ pavattati;
Evamevaṃ ito dinnaṃ,
petānaṃ upakappati.
Just as water that rains on the highlands, 
flows down to the lowlands,
so too what has been given here is 
of benefit to the departed.
Yathā vārivahā pūrā,
paripūrenti sāgaraṃ;
Evamevaṃ ito dinnaṃ,
petānaṃ upakappati.
Just as rivers that are full
flow and fill up the ocean,
so too what has been given here
is of benefit to the departed.
Adāsi me akāsi me,
ñāti mittā sakhā ca me;
Petānaṃ dakkhiṇaṃ dajjā,
pubbe katamanussaraṃ.
Thinking: “He gave to me, he worked for me,
he was my relative, my friend, my companion,”
he should give gifts for the departed,
remembering what they have done before.
Na hi ruṇṇaṃ vā soko vā,
yā caññā paridevanā;
Na taṃ petānamatthāya,
evaṃ tiṭṭhanti ñātayo.
For no tears, or grief,
or any other lamentations,
are of any use to the departed,
as long as their relatives continue grieving in this way.
Ayañca kho dakkhiṇā dinnā,
saṃghamhi suppatiṭṭhitā;
Dīgharattaṃ hitāyassa,
ṭhānaso upakappati.
But that gift that has been given,
and well placed in the Sangha,
is of benefit to them for a long time,
immediately it is of benefit.
So ñātidhammo ca ayaṃ nidassito,
Petāna pūjā ca katā uḷārā;
Balañca bhikkhūnamanuppadinnaṃ,
Tumhehi puññaṃ pasutaṃ anappakanti.
This then is the definition of a relative’s duties—
and by this great honour has been done to the departed,
strength has also been given to the monks,
and no little merit has been produced by you!


References:
https://suttacentral.net (translation)
https://moviepilot.com/posts/2683549 (image)

PS. The title of this sutta is given variously in different versions. I checked suttacentral, and chatthasangayana which mention this as 'Tirokuṭṭa' while Buddhajayanti Sinhala scripts mention it as Tirokuḍḍa. I also checked aataapi.org and Daily Buddhist Devotions by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda. They use the term Tirokuḍḍa and Tirokuṭṭa respectively. metta.lk also uses it as Tirokuḍḍa. In fact, most of the sources mention it as Tirokuḍḍa including bhikkhu Thanissaro's accesstoinsight.org and numerous other sites. Hence, I prefer to use Tirokuḍḍa in this version. For the translation I used suttacentral version although I used Pali and English versions close to each other. There was a slight change in the English lines and I corrected to match the Pali version. 

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