Yesterday we received a visit by Burmese Buddhist monk, Cakkainda, from Dhammaduta Meditation Centre. We were happy with a turnout of 14 adults (plus 5 kids), including Erin who travelled all the way from Bowraville. Cakkainda said he enjoyed the informal discussion about Buddhist meditation, Buddhist history, life as a monk, and other teachings of the Buddha. It was wonderful to see so many familiar and not so familar faces look blissed out with the opportunity to be able to meet and talk to Cakkainda, and enjoy his heartfelt but concise responses to questions and explanations of so many aspects of Buddhism. Half we through our discussion, we watched 30 minutes of a film on the big screen, about the history of Buddhism and how it is easily reconciled with the modern world of science and technology. This was a catalyst for more fervent conversation. We ended up in conversation until into the late afternoon and everbody enthusiastically thanked Cakkainda and invited him back to continue the conversation in the near future. Cakkainda said he would like to come again.
Thank you so much Cakkainda for a highly engaging and ‘enlightening’ conversation.
The film we watched is embedded below. We only watched the first 30 minutes and will watch the second half next time Cakkainda visits.
We, as a community wish to provide an educational facility for the advancement of religious and spiritual study and practice. Our approach is non-dogmatic and non-fundamentalist. We believe spiritual advancement and personal growth is not confined to one particular religion but rather there are valid teachings and essential truths woven into the fabric of all faiths of which people can explore their nature and their relationship with the divine. We believe these essential truths can be a source of harmony between all peoples and that it is a cause for peace to promote acceptance and tolerance of our world’s diverse religious and spiritual teachings. It is often ignorance which causes division and intolerance therefore gaining insight through inter-religious dialogue and education will encourage respect, acceptance and harmony. We hope we can celebrate and cherish our differences rather than demonise them as we recognise that we are all people of one earth.