Sakyadhita Newsletter 12                    
Full Harvest Moon August 29th, 2012

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The Buddha's Words on Kindness (Metta Sutta)MahaPajapati
This is what
 should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.

Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.



In traditional skylore, the Harvest Moon is the

 full moon closest to the autumn equinox.

 In 2012, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, the 
autumn equinox comes on September 22. 
The full Harvest moon
 will come on the night of September 29. 
Full moon over the city
Weather you are in the city, or the country,
may the Harvest moon help to guide your way.


Connect support share

     Venerable Tinh Quana
Venerable Tinh Quang
 Patricia Galaczy
Patricia Galaczy 
Buddhist nun
Venerable Sarani Karuna
                                               Dr. Mavis Fenn         Mavis Fenn
The conference was a fruitful experience 
for all who attended. 
Due to time restrains, as the creators of this newsletter will be in silent retreat for the next 10 days, 
more information, photos, and follow up comments will be included in our next newsletter.
Thank-you to all who attended, participated, or contributed to this very successful event. 
heart hands  
"The thought manifests the word; 

The word manifests the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let them spring forth from love
Born out of compassion for all beings.
As the shadow follows the body, as we think, 

so we become." 




Honouring arahant bhikkhuni Mahapajapati Gotami 



On September 30th, we will honour the life of arahant bhikkhuni Mahapajapati Gotami, the Buddha's maternal aunt and foster mother - and our ancestral Dhamma mother. This full moon day marks the anniversary of her ordination as the first bhikkhuni 2600 years ago.  

 It is due to her great courage, determination, and enlightened wisdom that we are able to renew and uphold the tradition of the Bhikkhuni Sangha - after a lapse of nearly 1000 years - and work towards freedom from suffering for the benefit of all beings.

 Imagine her, more than 65 years of age, walking a distance of 240 kilometres with large numbers of her royal colleagues  - barefoot, having cut off their hair and donned the yellow robe - from their palace in Kapilavatthu to Vesali along the dusty tracks of ancient India to request ordination from the Blessed One!


An event is being offered at Sati Saraniya Hermitage in Perth Ontario Please click here for more information



Sakyadhita Canada invites you to join in the Binara Poya Day celebrations. This is a time when we can pay respect to the Bhikkhuni Sangha and acknowledge its essential role in preserving the Dhamma. We remember prominent bhikkhunis and their unique achievements. We honor all of our women teachers and spiritual ancestor, including our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, mentors and friends. We express gratitude to the Fourfold Assembly and share the goodness of our wholesome actions with all beings everywhere. 

We can make this a time of giving and receiving, of listening and sharing. You may want to retreat alone (for an hour or for the day), or to support the tradition of Buddhist monastic life by offering dana, or by gathering with friends in the sharing of a meal, or to sit together in meditation or listen to a Dhamma talk. Or....... be creative and come up with your own way joining together for this special day!