Mother's Day Dana 2021 (Fifth Anniversay) - Matupadam Namami!  

Mother's Day (FIFTH Anniversary) - January 17, 2021 Late Mrs. Chandra Ambalangoda (1936-2016) was held at the Lankarama Buddhist Institute, La Puente, California with a limited audience due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the snapshots taken by Moran Perera, who wholeheartedly accepted our humble request with no hesitation. We were all waiting for his photos. With a profound sense of gratitude to all the wonderful individuals who helped us in organizing this beautiful event, it is hereby posted the wonderful snapshots to reflect the amazing meritorious event to transfer merits to our beloved mother, late Mrs. Chandra Ambalangoda. May she attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana! Nibbanassa paccayo hotu!  
























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Our Profound Sense of Gratitude to the following individuals for the various support: 

  • Bhante Thalangama Devananda Thero, the abbot of Lankarama Buddhist Temple, for his amazing kindness, and true leadership to make this event all the more wonderful.  
  • Bhante Rakkhita & Bhante Nagitha for all the support extended to us in so many ways during the ceremony. Especially bhante Rakkhita’s help to get the beautiful flowers to match the occasion. 
  • All the Maha Sangha members in the Los Angeles area, California, USA and in Sri Lanka for their continuous blessings and moral support all the time. 
  • Bhante Uttama for the wonderful gesture and generous donation.
  • Lankarama Management Committee and the entire community for the wonderful moral support and providing this beautiful temple to host this meritorious event.  
  • Mr. Devapriya Gajaweera, Mrs. Samantha Gajaweera and the family for all the unique floral decorations and numerous help in so many ways. 
  • Mr. Jagath Jayasinghe & Mrs. Nalini Jayasinghe for the kind and generous donations. 
  • Mr. Mike De Silva & Mrs. Pushpa De Silva for the kind & generous donations.
  • Mr. Parakrama Amarasinghe, Mrs. Risi Amarasinghe for the kind and generous donations. 
  • Mr. Sisira Jayawardene for taking care of a number of dishes for the lunch Dana and all his relentless support all throughout. 
  • Mrs. Chandrani Wickramatunge, Ms. Nandani Liyanage, Mrs. Amitha, Mr. Janaka and the family for preparing the breakfast Dana  
  • Mrs. Vinitha Gajaweera for providing some dishes for the Breakfast Dana and Lunch Dana. 
  • Mr. Lakshman Wickramarachchi, Mrs. Anoja Wickramarachchi and the family for their relentless support in many ways including a number a dishes for the Dana and providing some pirikara. 
  • Mr. Bandara Jayathilake, Mrs. Hansi Jayasinghe and the family for being very kind and generous to help the Dana event. 
  • All the Pali Study Group members and particularly Mai Tran, May Carolyn, Catherine, Allentine 
  • Mr. Tin Htut Oo for generously helping in honor of his late father Aung Soe and his friend in Singapore’s late mother Kyi Kyi.  
  • Mrs. Victoria Tan and her daughter for generously helping to invoke blessings upon her ailing father Mr. Sai Win Aye and her beloved mother.  
  • Mrs. Janice Shen for her kind and generous donation and continuous support to all the activities of our Dhamma USA Pali Classes. Really appreciate your help all the time we transfer merits to your departed relatives including your dearest mother. 
  • Mr. Moran Perera, a man with a sincere heart and an honorable smile for all the wonderful help in covering the event.  

All the family members, relatives and friends in Sri Lanka 

All the friends in USA, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand & Taiwan.

All the friends and well-wishers in Dhamma USA social media network.  

May all your departed relatives attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana! 

May all of you and your family members, relatives and friends be well, happy and healthy!  

May the noble Triple Gem bless you all!


Birthday Blessings:



Here's a list of people who celebrate their birthdays and we, the resident monks of the Lankarama Buddhist Institute would like to invoke blessings upon them on our daily evening Buddha Vandana, Paritta Chanting and Meditation session. If you are interested in receiving our blessings please do let us know. 
May you be well, happy and healthy!
Sukhi dighayuko bhava!



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Mother's Day Dana (Virtual only)

Mother's Day (FIFTH Anniversary) - January 202
Late Mrs. Chandra Ambalangoda
(1936-2016)



The 5th death anniversary of Bhante Sumitta's mother, 
late Mrs. Chandra Ambalangoda 

falls on January 17, 2021 (Sunday).

  • Due to COVID-19 PANDEMIC, There will ONLY be a simple Dana ceremony and evening 
  • Buddha Vandana with a limited audience as we have to follow the cdc guidelines.

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. In fact, Mother's Day should be everyday. So is the Father's Day. They are our life line. They gave us life. They molded us to who we are today. Their unconditional love and affection are unique and so powerful. Let us pray together to all our Mothers on this special day, good health, long life and the best of spirit if they are alive. Let us talk to them affectionately, dearly and respectfully and never resentfully. Let us call them if they are far away. Let us hug them as many times as we can to make them feel happy. Let us bring smile to their face happiness to their hearts as much as we can as good loving sons and daughters. Let us take care of them whenever we can with good clothes, good food, good housing and good medicine and most of them all good strong LOVE. May all our mothers be well and happy and healthy!


This is a beautiful Pali Stanza to salute mother:


Dasa mase urekatva - posesi vuddhi karanam
Ayu digham vassa satam - matu padam nama'maham.
(Having cherished me in your womb of divine cradle for nearly 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!)
Ref. p.46, Vandana: A Book for Buddhist Chanting

January 17, 2021 (Sunday)
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@Lankarama Buddhist Institute

SCHEDULE

7:00 a.m. - Breakfast Dana
10:30 a.m. - Buddha Vandana
11:30 a.m. - Lunch Dana
5:00 p.m. - Bodhi Vandana
7:00 p.m. - Buddha Vandana

Join us online on January 17, 2021 (Sunday)


ZOOM LINK

Meeting ID: 598 200 4357

Passcode: dhammausa1


She was a devoted Buddhist
S


A School teacher 
for 38 years

Mother of 7 children


12 Grand children & 5 great grand children


kind hearted & generous

 a wonderful community leader
Mother is the sweetest word in the world.


It is exactly five 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 with 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: 


May she attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana!

(Nibbanassa paccayo hotu)