Mother's Day (Fourth Anniversary) - 2020 January
Late Mrs. Chandra Ambalangoda
(1936-2016)
Mother is the sweetest word in the world.

It is exactly three years ago that she passed away after living a memorable life of 80 years. She had 7 children and worked for 38 years as a dedicated school teacher in many parts of rural Sri Lanka. She started her career as a school teacher in Kurunegala Namalalanga Vidyalaya and retired from teaching after serving at Halkandaliya Vidyalaya, Nivitigala, Ratnapura. She opened the eyes of many thousands of children and was known to about a thousand Buddhist monks all over Sri Lanka as a staunch Buddhist upasikā (lay female devotee).

I am so grateful and thankful to her for she was an amazing mother and she is the one who is responsible for most of who I am today. As anyone else for their mother, I too am in short of words to express my gratitude to the mother who gave me birth and took well care of me without any complain or without any burden. May I take this opportunity to transfer all the merits to her that I have accrued so far in my life and throughout my Samsara (circle of transmigration or circle of rebirth according to Buddhism).

May all these meritorious deeds become one united power and bless her, help her, protect her and guide towards her final Samsaric goal - the Supreme bliss of Nibbana! (final goal of all Buddhists - the liberation from samsara.)

Salutation to the Mother (Sri Lankan Tradition)
Dasa māse ure katvā
Posesi vuddhi kāraṇaṃ
Āyu dīghaṃ vassa sataṃ
Mātu pādaṃ namāmahaṃ.

(Having cherished me in your womb of divine cradle nearly for ten months of time, you raised me up wishing me all the success. My dear mom, please let me bow down at your feet wishing you long life!)

Transferring Merits to the Departed Relatives

Idaṃ me ñātinaṃ hotu – Sukhitā hontu ñātayo.
Idaṃ me ñātinaṃ hotu – Sukhitā hontu ñātayo.
Idaṃ me ñātinaṃ hotu – Sukhitā hontu ñātayo.

(Let this merit be with our relatives, and may they be well and happy! Let this merit be with our relatives, and may they be well and happy! Let this merit be with our relatives, and may they be well and happy!)

May all my attempts and dedications towards the Dhamma be a lamp unto you Mother!
(Late Chandra Ambalangoda : 1936-2016)
May you be well, happy, healthy and safe wherever you are!
May you attain the Supreme bliss of Nibbana!
Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!!

I wish to share this poem that I wrote sometime back as a mark of respect to my mother. Hope this would be a little token of appreciation and salutation to all the mothers on earth.

Your caressing ways
Your cherishing thoughts
Always kept me
High from within
Your blissful rays
From the innermost heart
Went through me
In all my veins.
You as my teacher
Uplifted spirits
As veritable promoter
Made me sprite.
You showed me the world
You showed me the path
Your love is true
Pristinely pure.
You sweetened my ears
You fulfilled my eyes
Oh! My dearest and sweetest mom
Please be mine
In many births to come!

- Ven. Nivitigala Sumitta

Some of the Social Welfare Activities that we did together our mother:

Helping children in Saman Uyana, Parakandeniya, Sri Lanka.















Flood Relief to a village in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Support to the Children's Home in Anuradhapura. Flood relief to a remote village in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. We supported the entire village walking from house to house and helping them with food items and other requisites. Nearly 50 volunteers were involved in this beautiful humanitarian service. 

 

















Photos from the previous Dāna Ceremonies to transfer merit to her at Lankarama Buddhist Institute, La Puente, CA 91744. The late Venerable Aluthnuwara Sumanatissa Nayaka Thero, Most Venerable Ahangama Dhammarama Nayaka Thero, Venerable Vanavasi Rahula, Venerable Dhammavaro, Venerable Yonghwa Sunim, Venerable Khemananda, Venerable Medhankara, Bhikkhuni Chanda and Bhikkhuni Susila blessed the occasion.



Bhante Dhammārāma, Bhante Yogāvacara Rāhula, Bhante Dhammavaro

Few More Photos of Her love and care:










With her daughter and grand daughter


with her grand daughter











 with her sister and grand daughter

at sacred Buddhagaya Maha Bodhi Vihara, Buddhagaya, India

at sacred Buddhagaya Maha Bodhi Vihara, Buddhagaya, India


Click here for a useful article about Transferring merits to the Departed relatives according to Buddhist tradition. 

Pāli Chantings used in the ceremony: 

Bhikkhu Bodhi in Los Angeles: 
Jan. 7~12, 2020

We are most honored and grateful to share the arrival of Bhikkhu Bodhi in Los Angeles in January 2020 to conduct a course on Dhammacakkappavattana, with emphasis on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Please kindly refer to flyer above for more details.  Daily schedule is from 8:30am to 9pm, alternating mainly between lecture and meditation. It is such a rare opportunity to have Venerable here to teach so we ask all to please try to participate in full course and adhere most closely to the time table.

If you wish to attend, please register online via following link,

https://forms.gle/B1BYKo4vWnuAGPLLA

If you wish to offer dana or pay respect, please contact Dhamma volunteer at Four Noble Truths @ 626.524.4864.



Buddhasasanaṃ Ciraṃ Tiṭṭhatu
Nibbānassa Paccayo Hotu!
May all beings be well, happy, healthy, and free from danger!

Chantings at the event:


Spiritual Activities on Saturdays
Lankarama Buddhist Institute

Our Meditation Instructor
Bhante Sumitta 
(Doctoral Candidate & 
Adjunct Faculty
at the University of the West):

Meditation for Beginners - 
Morning Meditation Schedule at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 7AM-8AM
Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744


Bhante Sumitta has been conducting meditation at the Lankarama Buddhist Institute for the past few years and his simple and practical way of meditation has been helping many individuals and groups in the Los Angeles area. 


Our Meditation Instructor
Bhante Sumitta 
(Doctoral Candidate & Adjunct Faculty
at the University of the West):

Yoga + Meditation Schedule at Lankarama:
every Saturday afternoon
 - 4PM-6PM
Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744

Bhante Sumitta has been conducting meditation at the Lankarama Buddhist Institute for the past few years and his simple and practical way of meditation has been helping many individuals and groups in the Los Angeles area. 
He has attended a number of Retreats conducted by very well trained Burmese and other Meditation teachers in different Retreat centers in California, Sri Lanka and India.His teaching and guidance are basically aimed at the introductory level of meditation and practitioners can advance to the next levels of meditation later on with other senior meditation teachers. 

He conducts 
  • Ānāpānasati  Bhāvanā (Contemplation on Breathing)
  • Mettā Meditation (Contemplation on Loving Kindness)
  • Guided Meditation









Our Pali Class Instructor
Bhante Sumitta 
(Doctoral Candidate & Adjunct Faculty
at the University of the West):

Pali Class for Beginners Schedule at Lankarama:
1st & 3rd Saturday afternoon
 - 2PM-4PM

Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave

La Puente CA 91744

This class can also be held at (please double check with +6263657097 to confirm)
Dhamma House 
14614 Palm Ave
Hacienda Heights
CA 91745




Our Dhamma School Instructors
Bhante Sumitta
Bhante Rakkhita
Inoka Jayasinghe :

Saturday Dhamma School at Lankarama:
every 2nd & 4th Saturday - 2PM-4PM

Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente
CA 91744





Our Yoga Instructor
Mark Ragsdale 
(PhD student at the 
University of the West):

Yoga + Meditation Schedule at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 4PM-6PM

Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente
CA 91744
Mark is a very experienced Yoga instructor who has been working with us for years. He is such a kind hearted gentleman who has been helping the community with his skillful Yoga exercises to help individuals from all age groups.  

Mark has a wide range of Yoga exercises to help benefit our community to improve their general health and meditation. 


We wanted him to help our community to sit properly on the floor to meditate for a longer time and it eventually worked in such a way that the Yogis found their general health improving in due course. His Yoga style definitely suits the people who like to follow simple Yoga practices to help themselves to benefit their general health and also their meditation sessions.










Buddha Vandana & 
Paritta Chanting at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 6PM-7PM
Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744













The Resident monks of the Lankarama Buddhist Institute and the lay devotees will do this protective chanting together to invoke blessings upon everyone followed by transferring merits to the departed ones. This is a wonderful opportunity for the people around La Puente city to learn more about this rhythmic Pali chanting and be blessed.







Deva Puja at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 7 PM
Conducted by Venerable Nagitha
Venerable Nagitha is a resident monk of the Lankarama Buddhist Institute.

Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente
CA 9174

Join us every Saturday  from 7:00 AM along with your family members and friends and enjoy the blissful moments at our temple. 




May All Beings Be Well & Happy & Healthy!!!
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!!!

Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744
Tel: 626-913-0775