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Why are we bothering to search for “Happiness”?
There is one truth even a child can understand in this world: everyone dislikes suffering and so they try to seek happiness. Human beings who live with us in the world are making all kinds of things possible or impossible, suitable or unsuitable, with all of their effort to prevent and relieve suffering. One tragedy is that the things which human beings are seeking in their daily lives are only material objects. In the ultimate sense, the notion of “happiness” is conditioned by the attitudes of one’s mind. But, only some people can give real thought to the development of their mental state and even fewer will practice this mind-training with sincerity.

For example, most people think that such commonplace habits as: cleaning and tidying up one’s body; the endless search for food, clothing, and shelter; and an enormous development of technological progress achieved for raising the material standards of living, improvement of facilities, communications, transportation, technological prevention of diseases and ailments — people believe these are the real causes of happiness in their lives. The truth is that striving for the things mentioned above serves only to care for and nourish the body. They are all concerned only with sustaining the body

Nevertheless, all that can be achieved by human beings cannot eradicate the suffering of old age, disease, domestic infelicity, economic problems; in short, the non-satisfaction of wants and desires. Suffering of this nature can be overcome only by mind training and mental development. How can we develop the mind to overcome such suffering?

Among the Buddha’s teaching, we can discover this way in the Mahā Saṭipaṭṭhāna Sutta which was delivered by the Buddha over twenty-five hundred years ago. This discourse decrees that: “This is the sole way for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the destroying of pain and grief, for reaching the right path, for the realization of nibbāna, namely the four foundations of mindfulness”. Therefore, the clear answer is that the person who wants to overcome suffering must practice diligently to stabilize and purify the mind.

By Rev. Candasiri (University of Peradeniya)


Hatred is never appeased by hatred.
Hatred is appeased only by love.

(The Buddha)


Ten Reasons for the establishing the Patimokkha
According to the Theravada Buddhism, months are divided into three seasons, namely Winter, Summer and Raining, in a year. Every season consists of four months. As each month is also divided into two sides (Pakkha in Pali), there are eight sides in a season.Two sides in a month mean that every month has full moon and new moon (moonless).

On every full moon day and new moon day, Therevada Buddhist monks have to come to the Ordination Hall (Sima in Pali) which can be also called the Uposatha Hall, and recite the Patimokkha-the Vinaya rules for monks. A monk in turn ricite the Patimokkha and others listen to it.

Reciting and listening to the Patimokkha twice in a month can be understood with the modern word-meeting. Therefore, Buddhist monks always have two meetings, Full moon day meeting and New moon day meeting, in every month.

It is very interesting to know why the Buddha, the founder of the Order of monks, lay down the Vinaya rules for his disciples to follow. In the Pali Canon, it is mentioned that there are ten reasons for the Vinaya rules. They are;

01) For the excellence of the Sangha
02) For the well-being of the Sangha
03) For the control of ill-controlled Bhikkhus
04) For the comfort of well-behaved Bhikkhus
05) For the restraint of the Asava in this present state
06) For protection against the Asava in a future state
07) To give confidence to those of little faith
08) To increase the confidence of the faithful
09) To establish the True Dhamma
10) To support the Vinaya

As monks have to recite and listen the Vinaya rules which have ten reasons, all monks can get the same benefits by reciting and listening to it together in the Uposatha Hall. As i suppose the observing of the Uposatha is as a meeting, we should understand that meeting is a very important task for a community.

If you are a founder of a company or a manager in a society, why don't find yourself easy to meet your colleagues, workers or partners. If you have less meeting, you and your occupation may not become succeeded as you thought.

That's all for now.
Thanks for reading.

01) The Mahavagga Pali
02) A Bhikkhu Manual; Vinaya notes, Eds. Bhikkhu Ariyesako and Bhikkhu Nirodho


Pouring water to The Bo-tree
Most Buddhists think of pouring water to the Bo(Bodhi)tree is a kind of meritorious deeds in Buddhist practices. As Buddhism spread into many countries, it is sure that the tradition of pouring water to the Bo-tree is different from each Buddhist land.

In this short article, we are going to see the difference of Burmese and Sinhala Buddhists traditions regarding with the aforesaid meritorious deed.

First of all, it could be said that Burmese Buddhists do not pour water to the Bo-tree as much as Sinhala Buddhists do. Although Burmese Buddhists consider the Bo-tree as a respective tree for Buddhism, they usually pour or offer water to the Bo-tree in May. The month of May normally falls in Summer season according to the Burmese calendar.

As May, Ka-Sun in Burmese, is one of the hottest months in Myanmar, Buddhist followers are likely to pour water to the Bo-tree in order to protect being death. The ceremony of pouring water is generally held on the full moon day of Ka-Sun, 21 May for this year. Although we can pour water by ourselves, the ceremony becomes to celebrate in groups.

Moreover, some Buddhists like to offer water to the Buddha statues located under the Bo-tree at their birthday corner. Keeping Buddha statues according to the birthday corner is a psychological way to encourage people doing a good deed. It is the nature of people that we often go straight to our birthday corner where there are other birthday corners. Furthermore, we firstly like to find us in a group photo because we wonder how look i am. It is, therefore, no strange to see the birthday corners at a religious site.

Finally for the Burmese tradition, Buddhists usually use the small earthen-pot while pouring water to the Bo-tree. The earthen-pot is, indeed, not only used for pouring water but used for the Patthana ceremony. Therefore, it is a religious thing to be used in Myanmar.

Now, we are going to look at the Sinhala Buddhists tradition. Sinhala or Sinhalese is a name of people in Sri Lanka. They are mostly Buddhists like people in Myanmar.

In Sri Lanka, it is rarely to see Buddhists pouring water to the Bo-tree in group which means they do not celebrate the religious ceremony for the purpose of pouring water to the Bo-tree. It is because they do not need to celebrate the ceremony of pouring water as they pour water to the Bo-tree in every day.

It is true that Sinhala Buddhists really take care of the Bo-tree more than Burmese or other Buddhists. Whenever they go to a Buddhist temple or a religious site, they always pour water to the Bo-tree as every temple and religious site obviously has the Bo-tree. It is their tradition that they always walk around the Bo-tree holding a small plastic pot with water before they pour. Furthermore, they usually recite some Buddhist stanzas while walking around the Bo-tree. At least, they are repeating the term Sa-dhu, meaning well done, again and again.

On every full moon day, we can see more people around the Bo-tree pouring water to it than the other days. By seeking many people poured water on that day, it is not they celebrate the ceremony of pouring water like Buddhists in Myanmar do.

Moreover, it is said that pregnant women are likely to pour water to the Bo-tree and pray to get a boy child. Although it is not sure to get a boy by praying, pouring water to the Bo-tree is firmly considered to be a meritorious work, and still practiced in Sri Lanka.

In conclusion, there may be several beliefs or traditions in other Buddhist countries. What we have shared in this short article is typically based on the traditions of Burmese and Sinhala Buddhists. Why don't you share your tradition regarding with the Bo-tree.

That's all for now.
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The gift of the Dhamma
The book you see on this post was offered by a family in Sri Lanka. That family monthly offers food to our temple at Wellawatte, Colombo 06, Sri Lanka.

Whenever they offer food, some books of the Dhamma, in Sinhalese or English, are often included in their offerings. The book gifted today is “The way to inner peace” by Kingsley Rajapakse. The passage used to write by that family is beautifully as follows;

“This gift of Dhamma is offered wishing the attainment of the supreme bliss of Nibbhana by the late Mr. K.S. Fernando and Mrs. Erica Fernando along with all relations and friends met in Sansara.”

According to Theravada Buddhism, we believe that the gift of the Dhamma is the best saying as “sabbadanan dhammadanan jinati”. Regarding with the Dhamma, the Lord Buddha teaches us that “one who protects the Dhamma will be protected by the Dhamma (Dhammo hawe rakkhati dhammasari).

Offering the book of the Dhamma is not an offering of the material thing, book, but an offering of the Dhamma because of containing the Dhamma. Therefore, such this offering by aforementioned family could be ever appreciated in the world.

[09/08/15]   The Mind
In order to decorate my bedroom i today bought a roll of carpet for three meters. As one of my friends advised me to buy a bright colour whatever it is, i chose to buy a suitable one as my friend said.

When i got back my temple, i felt the colour of carpet i bought is not beautiful. I still feel it would be good if i could bought another one.

Our mind is sometimes difficult to understand. We often love the lost one. If we, for example, got the lost one, we would thought how about the another one like before.

At the time of the Buddha Gotama, there was a monk disappointed to follow the teaching of the Buddha especially the Vinaya rule because there are many rules to follow as a Buddhist monk.

Then, the Buddha advised him to maintain only his Mind. If we could control our mind there would be nothing that we cannot control. if we could not control our mind we would be unhappy what we had done. Therefore, we should develop our mind if we want to be happy in our daily life. Try not to miss the lost one. Be happy with what we have in our hand or belong to.


The man who wants to have a successful life and highly successful accomplishments in his future must have self-discipline. If you live without self-discipline, you cannot make clear goals, cannot manage your treasured time in effective ways, and cannot treat people with wholesome actions. I know that the man who has a great enthusiasm for success does not want to experience failures in his life. So, why don’t you practice self-discipline for your successful life!
By Bhikkhu Candasiri.


To whom it will return?

This page, named S.Y.B.B.M in short, was created by Burmese students living in Sri Lanka. We four friends simply have the opinion that we are going to improve our English by this page. Although we are walking on the way of Buddhist studies with English medium, we rarely read and write in English except our subjects. One of our friends, then, thought that we should not be eager our English with only the subjects we study at the universities and advised us to create a page so that we can improve our English by it. Therefore our aim is just to improve our English, not to harm or blame any other religions.

However, we find some comments which are found that they are angry with our page. If you read the following comments you will see how rude they are, and guess their religions as well;

Stop killing muslims you mofo's
Stop killing muslims in you f***n bastards

The above comments were written by a person. Furthermore, a man also wrote a similar rude comment which is as long as an article. Therefore, we do not express it here.
Do you think we are angry with their comments?
Do you think of this is a reply to them with our anger?
The answer to the question is “No”.
Our lord Buddha has already admonished us not to be angry with such those people or situation. Let’s have a brief look how the Buddha teaches;

Once a Brahman named Akkosa Bharadvaja came to the Blessed One and blamed Him. He abused and criticized the Blessed One in foul and harsh words. Then the Blessed One spoke to the Brahman as follows;
“Well, brahman, do friends, confidants, relatives, kinsmen and guests visit you?”
“Yes, Gotama, sometimes friends, confidants, relatives, kinsmen and guests do visit me.”
“Well, brahman, do you not offer them snacks or food or tidbits?”
“Yes, Gotama, sometimes I do offer them snacks or food or tidbits.”
“But if, brahman, they do not accept it, who gets it?”
“If Gotama, they do not accept it, I get it back.”
“Even so, brahman, you are abusing us who do not abuse, you are angry with us who do not get angry, you are quarreling with us who do not quarrel. All this of yours we don't accept. You alone, brahman, get it back; all this, brahman, belongs to you.”


The above story is not the end, but it completely reaches to the main point what we want to say. Although those men are angry with us we do not be angry with them. As we do not accept their rude words those will inevitably belongs and return to them. We finally have to say that please don’t try show your standard by your useless words.

Sited reference;
SN 7.2 Akkosa Sutta translated by Thanissaro


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Time and Success
By Ashin Candasiri (University of Peradeniya)

Affective and Successful people do not spend their time doing what is most useless and idle jobs. They have strong mind and courage to listen to their subconscious mind and to do the wise thing with mindfulness. These things are what make them great and successful person in this world.
Be a treasure your time!!!


Time and Success
By Ashin Candasiri (University of Peradeniya)

Affective and Successful people do not spend their time doing what is most useless and idle jobs. They have strong mind and courage to listen to their subconscious mind and to do the wise thing with mindfulness. These things are what make them great and successful person in this world.
Be a treasure your time!!!


A Bitter situation
The situations in our daily life are not in the same ways. Sometimes, we can face the situation we like and dislike. However, we have to accept it even it is a bitter situation for you. Let's have a look with my fresher experience in order to understand what I want to mean.

While I was reading and making notes for my study in the last two days' Morning, I suddenly heard so much noise by Sinhalese people; carpenters and a layman lived in our temple. As I don't understand their language, it is not easy to guess what for they were speaking loudly.

A few minutes later, a layman from our temple knocked the door of my room to open it. Then he asked me “do you see or take the carpenters' thing?; they told me the thing they lost, but I did not know his English as I am not familiar with the vocabulary of the things used by carpenters. As I replied “Oh! No, I didn’t” to them, they went to other rooms and unfortunately got the answer like I said “No”. Although they disappointedly went back to the downstairs, I still heard their sounds being busy with searching for their thing.

After about 15 minutes, they came back again and knocked my door like before. This was unlucky time for those all foreigners who live in this temple because those local laymen asked us politely to get the permission for searching into our rooms each.

This is the situation what I want to say as a bitter situation. I do not mean that they do not believe foreigners so that they want to check our rooms. I want to notice that they should not check our rooms if they understand the principle of the Buddhist monks that monks cannot steal things, if we monks do we can surely lose the monk-hood even we are still wearing the robes. Asking like the first time “do you take it or not” is enough for the Buddhist monks. The second situation being asked the permission to check our rooms is like they do not believe us or look down us.

However, we Buddhist monks should realize the worldly situation. In this case, if we, for example, did not allow them for checking into our rooms, they would inevitably think that we stole their thing even we didn't. At this time, it was the best way to allow them look for their thing in order to approve our honesty. Therefore, I allowed them and they did not see their thing in my room and other friends' too.

Finally, what I intend to focus here is that we sometimes have to face the situation bitter to us, and then accept it as well. In order to live peacefully in our daily life, we should not hold tight our situation even it is firmly correct like the experience I faced. In other words, we should try to understand other situations as well as others' feeling. Understanding each other is the best key to live without doubt by others. Change your situation from bitter to better.
This is the end of my discussion today.

May you be happy by reading this post.





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