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About us

ANCIENCT THERAVADA TRADITION

We are a Buddhist organization connected to Ancient Theravada Buddhist Tradition of Sri Lanka but remain open to all traditions of Buddhists as well as other faiths in the spirit of friendship and solidarity towards world peace and harmonious living.

Inaguration

The Sri Sambodhi Community Development Foundation was inaugurated on 06 July 2014 by the Pioneer and the President of the Buddhist TV of Sri Lanka, the Most Ven. Dharanagama Kusaladhamma Thero with the patronage and guidance of Most Ven. Aggamapanditha Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Ratnapala Mahanayake Thero the Mahanayaka (Prelate) of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Maha Nikaya.

Aims and Objectives

  • To gift the Buddha Dhamma to the people of United Kingdom and Europe and share the ancient Buddhist values and principles for the wellbeing of all.
  • To promote Buddhist Meditation and to offer classes for the people of all walks of life, professions, religions and cultural backgrounds.
  • To promote and foster community cohesion and social integration through tolerance forbearance and equanimity within the peaceful path of the Buddha.
  • To hold Dhamma classes for Children on weekends to educate them of Buddhist principles and ethos.
  • To nurture Buddhist cultural art and crafts through organizing festivals and other events for the benefit of the community.  

Relevance

The turbulence and suffering in the present era, be it the turmoil of daily life with its increasing material activity and mental discontent, or the ills of the world are mainly man's own making. His incessant lust for power, desire to dominate and impose his own views and beliefs on others, no matter how fallacious these may be, and the will to succeed at any cost are the  main reasons for such suffering. As a radical cure for such afflictions and problems of the world there exists an eternal wisdom, unfailing guidance, the Dhamma, the teaching of the Lord Buddha with its message and power of healing.

It is worth noting that the Bible commences with the words "in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" while the Dhammapada opens with the words "Mind precedes things, dominates them, creates them. Through mind alone we contact the outside world. It is the source of all the good and evil that arises within and befalls us from outside. This is expressed in many instances by the Lord Buddha and the following words are taken from Anguttra  Nikaya:

"Whatsoever there is of evil, connected with evil, belonging to evil are all issues from the mind. Whatsoever there is of good, connected with good, belonging to good are all issues from the mind ".Thus it is our own mind that should be established in all the roots of Good to overcome such suffering. Only throuh a change within our self will there be a change outside.

Buddhist Meditation teaching and practices encourages one to study his own mind, to understand its powers, functions and habits and then to shape and cultivate it. This will lead to understanding of the reality of true nature of things,

Buddhist Meditation has many benefits. It improves one's focus, develops inner peace and serenity enabling one to face everyday challenges without fear and anxiety and to lead life with loving kindness, compassion and happiness. The ultimate aim of Buddhist Meditation is to free ourselves from roots of Evil pointed out by the Lord Buddha : Greed, Hatred and Delusion.

Registered Charity – (Charity No : 1155887)

Situated at No.84, Dacre Road, London, E13 0PR (see the map), Sri Sambodhi Community Development Foundation is a UK registered Charity funded by the donations of devotees and well-wishers. We are open from 0900hrs to 20.00hrs all week.

May all beings be well and happy!