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Region 1 - Buddhism at Brixton Sai Centre

The month of May saw the members of Brixton Sai Centre interact with the Buddhist religion in two particular ways: first a visit by the SSE students to a Buddhist temple; then the celebration of Buddha Poornimaa.

On Sunday 26 May 2013, the Centre celebrated Buddha Poornimaa. The proceedings started just before 11.30am with the reading of the Thought of the Day from Prashaanti, followed by a few minutes of silent sitting, recitation of multi-faith prayers, group devotional singing for about 1 hour, the aaratee and a few minutes of meditation.

A short talk was given by one of the Nursery SSE students (Ria Neerohoo) about Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. She narrated how Buddha Poornimaa is the most sacred day in the Buddist calendar and that it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and the death of Lord Buddha. It is believed that Lord Buddha was born and left the world on the same date after living for 80 years. By finding the path to enlightenment, away from the pain of suffering and rebirth, Siddartha became known as the Buddha or Awakened One. Ria also outlined the five principles of Buddha’s teachings, which are: (1) not to take life; (2) not to steal; (3) not to lie; (4) not to drink alcohol; and (5) not to be disloyal. The teachings of Lord Buddha are as true today as they have always been. They give complete peace of mind and help any person to have peace and harmony in life.

The programme ended with the recitation of Tibetan Buddhist hymns dedicated to the 21 Taaraas (female Buddhas) by brother Rajendra, after a brief explanation of their significance and the meaning behind the different colours they wear. A special altar had been arranged for the occasion, focussed on the Green Taaraa representing enlightenment.

Jai Sai Raam.