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The search for the most reliable source of happiness might be closer than you think.
Since time immemorial, people of all ages, races and faiths have one thing in common--the search for happiness.
* Meditation village Panawat in Chiang Mai, Thailand
If they believe happiness is in the sea, they go to the sea. If they believe it is in the mountains, they go to the mountains. If they believe it is in the shopping malls, they go on a shopping spree. If they believe it is about being rich, they devote their lives to making money. Or, if they think it lies in being famous, they seek every means and measure to fight their way to fame.
What all these people find in common is that all the seas, money and fame in the world cannot help them when they are heart-broken, depressed or in pain, that even a mountain of wealth and possessions cannot fill the emptiness in their hearts. In fact, such things produce short-lived pleasure and inevitably stress and exhaustion.
Fortunately, all human beings are blessed with the ability to produce self-sustaining happiness--the kind of happiness that only they themselves can produce and is completely independent of personal circumstances and external factors. That kind of happiness lies within them, and can be achieved through meditation.
*The Middle Way Meditation Retreat in Chiang Mai
How To Meditate
Sit upright with your right leg on your left leg. Place your right hand on your left hand. Let your right index touch your left thumb. You can sit with or without a cushion on the floor. Feel free to adjust your sitting position until you feel comfortable.
Close your eyes very gently as if you are about to fall asleep. Relax every muscle in your body--from your eyelids to your cheeks, your chin, your shoulders, your arms, and your legs, down to the tips of your fingers. Free your mind from all kinds of thoughts. Drop all your personal baggage of duties, worries, and problems. Assume they do not exist for now. Breathe in deeply and gently exhale three times. Imagine that you are sitting happily alone in the universe. Indulge in peaceful solitude. Tell yourself you deserve happiness, and this is your relaxation time.
Also imagine that the inside of your body is hollow and transparent--with no internal organs. To keep your mind from wandering, imagine that a crystal ball is floating in the middle of your stomach. For this purpose, you can use other neutral objects that youûre familiar with such as a scoop of ice-cream, a football or the moon. Make sure not to strain your eyes or force an image. Just visualize as you comfortably can--and relax. In meditation, you see with your mind, not with your physical eyes.
To keep thoughts from entering the mind, recite the words ùsumma arahung, summa arahung,û which means the virtuous path toward freedom from all evils of the mind. Recite the words as if youûre humming a song while quietly observing whatever scenery there is at the center of your body. It is a nice practice of compassion to end your meditation session by spreading the inner peace and all the good feelings that youûve received to all living beings regardless of their race, nationality and faith, and even your personal feelings:
If thoughts arise, thereûs no need to fight against them. Let them pass through the center of your body like a passing view that you happen to see from the window of a moving train. Accept that they are present but donût take them to your heart or think further.
Alternatively, you can choose not to visualize anything at all and simply observe whatever you see at the center of your body without making any judgment or emotional response to it.
Whether you see darkness or bright light or anything else, just accept it without any thought. Depending on the degree of stillness and clarity of your mind, after a while you will experience a sense of peacefulness and refreshing joy as if youûve come out of an inner spa.
çMay all living beings have a share the peace and happiness that I have received from meditation, whether they are in my country or anywhere else, whether they are a member of my race or any other race, whether they are a follower of my religion or any other belief system, whether they love me or loathe me, whether they see me as a family, friend or foe. May this air of purity resulting from the meditation dissolve all the anger, sadness and suffering in their hearts. May those in pain be free from suffering and those already happy be happier. May people of all races, nationalities and faiths live together in peace, forgiveness and compassion.é
* Thousands of monks and lay people were meditating around the Pramongkolthepmunee Memorial Hall. The hall was built in 1996 in honor of Ven. Pramongkolthepmunee, who had rediscovered the Dhammakaya tradition of meditation lost to the world for more than 2,000 years or 500 years after the passing of the Lord Buddha.
If you wish to join a meditation retreat or a short class in English, you are welcome to visit our meditation centers in the United States, Europe, and Asia or the Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand or click onto www.meditationthai.org for more details. For an audio guide to meditation and soothing songs, please listen to the CD enclosed in the back cover of this booklet.
The temple is one of the worldûs largest meditation centers, covering about 1,000 acres. Funded by public donations, the temple is a non-profit organization that provides meditation lessons to the interested public in Thailand and overseas. Each year, the temple draws more than half a million local and overseas visitors.
Due to its size and facilities, the temple is often used as a venue for gatherings and meetings of monks, novices, lay Buddhists, as well as peace lovers of all religions.
* Thousands of people were meditating in a peaceful celebration at the dawn of New Year Day 2005.
Its supporting organization, the Dhammakaya Foundation, is also a member of the United Nations and has participated in many international activities aimed at promoting world peace as well as intra- and inter-religion unity.
*Every year, hundreds of thousands of people gather at the temple for an illumination ceremony on the full-moon night of Makha Puja Day
* About 5,000-15,000 people gather at the Dhammakaya Assembly Hall every Sunday for meditation and as many as 300,000 on some important Buddhist days.
The temple conducts various Dhammakaya Meditation training sessions and retreats for the interested general public as well as private and public organizations at their requests.
Since its establishment in 1970, the temple has been promoting the concept that true happiness comes from within, that attaining inner peace as an individual is prerequisite to world peace arising, and that to end external wars, people must first stop the wars within themselves.
* The pyramid-shaped chapel was built in 2002 in honor of the founder of the Dhammakaya Temple and meditation teacher, Maharattana Ubasika Chan Khonnokyoong.
The temple organizes several mass meditation events each year, including on the Earth Day or 22 April. All the events are open to all peace lovers and anyone who is interested in meditation.
* Decorated with 300,000 Buddha images on the outer shell and 700,000 more on the inside, it is the world s largest constuction of its kind in modern history.
The temple is constructing the Grand Meditation Stadium for World Peace where Buddhists and peace lovers of other faiths can come to meditate together for individual happiness and world peace. The two-storey structure and its adjacent area can seat one million people who are expected to join the largest mass meditation event the world has ever seen. This future event will be held with the aim of promoting meditation as a means to achieving intra- and inter-religious unity and world peace through inner peace. We look forward to seeing you there. Your presence will be a present to world peace.
*Hundreds of thousands of lay people from all walks of life as well as Buddhist monks of all sects from more than 30,000 temples gathered in a spirit of unity in February 2002.
List of contact numbers of Dhammakaya Meditation centers
Oregon Oregon Meditation Center 13208 SE. Stark Street., Portland, OR 97233 USA Tel. +(1)-503-252-3637 Mobile. +(1)-503-799-8547 Email : email@example.com
Tel. +(32) 3.326.45.77, +(32) 3.289.51.81 Mobile. +(32) 494.32.60.02 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Wat Buddha Denmark Gl. Landevej 12, 7130 Juelsminde, Denmark Tel. +(45) 46.59.00.72 Mobile. +(45) 18.104.22.168 Email : email@example.com
Meditation Center of Texas 1011 Thannisch Dr., Arlington, TX 76011 USA Tel. +(1)-817-275-7700 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Bordeaux Wat Bouddha Bordeaux 47, Cours du General de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan, France Tel. +(33) 5.40.00.93.70 Mobile. +(33) 22.214.171.124.08 Email : email@example.com Paris Wat Bouddha Paris 10, Avenue de Paris, 77164 Ferrieres en Brie, France Tel. +(33) 126.96.36.199.37 Fax. +(33) 188.8.131.52.06 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Starsbourg Dhammakaya Centre International de la Meditation 21, Boulevard de Nancy, 67000 Strasbourg, France Tel. +(33) 184.108.40.206.15 Fax. +(33) 220.127.116.11.19 Email :email@example.com
Seattle Meditation Center 852 N.E. 83rd Street Seattle, WA 98115 USA Tel. +(1)-206-522-1514 Fax.+(1)-206-985-2920 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Georgia Meditation Center Inc. 12250 King Cir., Roswell, GA 30075 USA Tel. +(1)-770-649-9819 Email : email@example.com Meditation Center of D.C. 3325 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22310 USA Tel. +(1)-703-329-0350 Fax.+(1)-703-329-0062 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Meditation Center of Chicago (M.C.C.) 6224 W.Gunnison St., Chicago,IL 60630 USA Tel. +(1)-773-763-8763 Fax. +(1)-773-763-7897 Email : Mcc_072@yahoo.com
U.S.A. NORTH AMERICA California
Dhammakaya International Meditation Center (USA) 801 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702 USA Tel. +(1)-626-334-2160 Fax. +(1)-626-334-0702 Email : email@example.com
Minnesota Meditation Center 242 Northdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448 USA Tel. +(1)-763-862-6122 Fax. +(1)-763-862-6123 Email : MMC_072@yahoo.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Augsburg Wat Buddha Augsburg (Meditation Zentrum) Pfarrer-Bogner Str.6, 86199 Augsburg, Germany Tel. +(49) 821.998.3939 Fax. +(49) 821.998.5118 Mobile. +(49) 162.421.0410 Email : email@example.com
Florida Meditaion Center 1303 N. Gordon St., Plant City, FL 33563 USA Tel. +(1)-813-719-8000, +(1)-813-719-8005 Fax.+(1)-813-719-8007 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dhammakaya International Meditation Center of New Jersey 257 Midway Ave., Fanwood, NJ 07023 USA Tel. +(1)-908-322-4187, +(1)-908-322-4032 Fax.+(1)-908-322-1397 Email : email@example.com
Dhammakaya International Meditation Centre (Belgium) Sint-Jobsteenweg 84, 2970 S-Gravenwezel,Antwerp, Belgium
Frankfurt Wat Buddha Frankfurt (Meditation Verein Frankfurt/Me.V) Odenwald Str.22, 65479,Ruanheim, Germany Tel. +(49) 614.2833.0888 Fax. +(49) 614.2833.0890 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuttgart Wat Buddha Stuttgart Im Meissel Str.6, 71111, Waldenbuch ,Germany Tel. +(49) 715.753.8187 Fax. +(49) 715.753.7677 Mobile. +(49) 16.0179.3782 Email : email@example.com Bodensee Wat Buddha Bodensee Lindauer Str. 76, 8808 Langenargen Tel +(49) 754.393.9777 Email : Wat_Bodensee@hotmail.com
THE UNITED KINGDOM
London Wat Phra Dhammakaya London (Dhammakaya International Society of United Kingdom) 2 Brushfield Way, Knaphill, Woking, GU21 2TG, UK Tel. +(44) 1483-475757, +(44) 1483-480001 Fax.+(44) 1483-476161 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Manchester Wat Charoenbhavana Manchester Gardner House, Cheltenham Street, Salford, Manchester M6 6WY, United Kingdom Tel. +(44) 161-736ñ1633, +(44) 798-882-3616 Fax. +(44) 161-736ñ-5747 Email : email@example.com
Osaka Dhammakaya International Meditation Center of Osaka (Dimc of Osaka) 4-6-27 Ohmiya, Asahi-ku, Osaka,535-0002, Japan Tel. +(81) 6-6956-1400 Fax. +(81) 6-6956-1401 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Nagano Wat Thai Nagano 733-3 Mihari, Tomi-Shi, Nagano-Ken, 389-0501, Japan Tel. +(81) 2-6864-7516, +(81) 2-6864-7720 Fax. +(81) 2-6862-2505 Mobile. +(81) 90-9390-6055 Email : email@example.com Tochigi Wat Bhavana Tochigi 4-3 Koei-bld. 2F, Demma-Cho, Utsunomiyashi,Tochigi-ken, Japan 320-0035 Tel. +(81) 2-8639-0116, +(81) 2-8614-5662 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kanagawa Wat Bhavana Kanagawa 3-5-12 Ryosei, Ayase-Shi,Kanagawa-Ken, 252-1126, Japan Tel. +(81) 4-6770-3264 Mobile. +(81) 90-5099-4527 Email: email@example.com Ibaraki Wat Bhavana Ibaraki 2816-2 Oaza Arakawahongo, Ami-Machi, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki-ken, Japan 300-1152 Tel. +(81) 2-9846-6110 Mobile. +(81) 080-5489-5669, +(81) 080-5489-6659 Email: Ibaraki_otera@msn.com
Penang, Malaysia Tel. +(60) 4-644-1854 Fax. +(60) 19-457-4270 to 1 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Singapore Kalyanamitta Centre (Singapore) 30 Mohamed Sultan Road #03-03 Lam Ann Building, Singapore 238974 Tel. +(65) 6836-1620 E-mail : email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Milan Wat Buddha Milan Viadelloscoiattolo 7 21052 Busto Arsizio (VA) Italy Tel. +(39) 33.138.6721, +(39) 33.131.8738, +(39) 329.917.8629 Email: email@example.com Ravenna Wat Buddha Ravenna Tel. +(39) 348.814.2485, +(39) 338.644.1706 Fax.+(39) 054.498.7722 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Wat Tae Jong Sa M 29-4, Dongsam-2 dong, Youndo-Gu, Busan City, Republic of Korea Tel. +(82) 51-405-2626 Mobile. +(82) 10-8681-5976
Taipei Dhammakaya International Meditation Center of Taipei 3F No.9 Lane 16, Sec.2 Sihchuan rd, Banciao city, Taipei country 220 Tel. +(886) 2-8966-1000 Fax. +(886) 2-8967-2800 http://dhammakaya.tc Taoyuan Dhammakaya International Meditation Center of Taoyuan No. 232 , Ching-Tian Street , Taoyuan City 330 Tel. +(886) 3-377-1261 Mobile. +(886) 9-2252-1072 Email:email@example.com
Wat Buddha Midnuttsol (Det Norske Dhammakaya Samfunn) Hvittingfossveien 343, 3080 Holmestrand Norway Tel. +(47) 33.61.01.43 Mobile. +(47) 997.23.075 Fax. +(47) 33.09.66.09 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.dhammakaya.no
Sichuan Meditation Center Tel. +(86) 28-8541-8878, +(86) 28-8129-2072 Mobile. +(86) 136-8900-7101 Email : email@example.com
The Dhammakaya International Society of Hong Kong Ltd. 385-391, 2/F, Henning House, Hennessy Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong Tel. +(852) 2762-7942, +(852) 2794-7485 Fax.+(852) 2573-2800 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Wat Buddha Gothenburg Olstorpsvagen 41B, 443 70 Grabo, Sweden Tel. +(46) 18.104.22.168 Mobile. +(46) 22.214.171.1242
THE MIDDLE EAST
Kualar Lumpur PERSATUAN MEDITASI DHAMMAKAYA SELANGOR No. 4-2, Jalan Puteri 5/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor D.E, Malaysia Mobile. +(60) 17-331-1599 Penang Dhammakaya Meditation Center of Penang 66, Lengkonk Kenari1, Sungai Ara,11900
Tokyo Dhammakaya International Meditation Center of Tokyo 3-78-5 Arakawa, Arakawa-ku,Tokyo, 116-0002, Japan Tel. +(81) 3-5604-3021 Fax. +(81) 3-5604-3022 Email : email@example.com
DMC Centre, Bahrain 1310 Road No. 5641, Block No.0356, Manama City, Bahrain Contact : Mr.Thanachai & Mrs.Peanjai Thongthae Tel. +(973) 3960-7936 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Wat Buddha Geneva, Switzerland Avenue díaire 93 G, 1203 Geneva , Switzerland (c/o Wee Khee Wee) Tel. +(41) 796.049.704 Mobile. +(33) 06.15.41.70.14
Orewa Orewa Meditation Centre 43 Albatross Road, Red Beach,HBC, Auckland, New Zealand, 1461 Tel. +(64) 9-427-4263 Fax. +(64) 9-427-4264 Mobile. +(64) 21-153-8592 Email : email@example.com
Live Meditation Lessons
The Dhammakaya Foundation offers meditation lessons on a satellite TV channel called DMC, run by its affiliated organization. The channel provides 24-hour coverage on meditation, Dhamma talks, news, music, health programs, childrenûs and youthûs programs in the Thai language. Viewing is completely free of charge. A select number of programs are available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, German and Spanish. English-language programs include a live meditation lesson at 07.00-07.30 GMT (12.00-12.30 ET) on Tuesdays through Sundays and Meditation for All, a feature program broadcast at 22.00-22.30 GMT (16.00-16.30 ET) every Sunday. You can join a live mass meditation session at 16.40-18.00 and 20.30-21.00 GMT on Sundays. A case study-based Dhamma program with English subtitles is available Monday through Saturday at 02.30-03.00 GMT (00.40-01.10 ET).
Sydney Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Sydney Lot 3, Inspiration Place, Berrilee, NSW 2159 Tel. +(61) 2-9655-1128 Fax. +(61) 2-9655-1129 Mobile. +(61) 4-1162-8677 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Sydney meditation Center, (Sydney office) 117 Homebush Rd. Strathfield NSW 2135, Australia Tel. +(61) 2-9742-3031 Fax. +(61) 2-9742-3431 Mobile. +(61) 4-1145-3946 Website : www.dhammakaya.org.au, www.dmctv.net.au Brisbane Brisbane Meditation Center 73 Lodge Rd., Wooloowin Brisbane,Queensland QLD 4030, Australia Tel. +(61) 7-3857-3431 Mobile. +(61) 4-3105-7215 Email :email@example.com Melbourne Dhammakaya Meditation Centre of Melbourne 84 Oakwood Rd., St. Albans VIC 3021, Australia Tel. +(61) 3-9266-0181 Mobile. +(61) 4-0100-8799 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Perth Dhammakaya Meditation Centre of Perth 174 Moolanda Boulevard, Kingsley,WA, 6026, Australia Tel. +(61) 8-9409-8614 Fax +61 8-9408-1007 Mobile. +(61) 4-302-07877 Email : email@example.com
Dunedin Dunedin Meditation Centre (DDMC) 10 Barnes Drive, Caversham, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9001 Tel. +(64) 3-487-6772 Fax. +(64) 3-487-6775 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Town Cape Town Meditation Centre (CMC.) 4B Homlfirth Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 8005 Mobile.+(27) 72-323-0050, +(27) 72-323-0060, +(27) 21-439-1896 Johannesburg Johannesburg Meditation Centre 30 Scheepers Street, North Riding , Randburg , Johannesburg, South Africa. Tel :+(27) 11-704-3360 Mobile:+(27) 79-379-0245, +(27) 73-146-8587 Email : email@example.com
You can watch the programs
THAILAND The temple offers a meditation lesson in English from 13.30 to 15.00 hours daily. It regularly organizes a seven-day retreat in the northern province of Chiang Mai, each starting after the first Sunday of every month. For more information, please contact the foundation or visit www.meditationthai.org
on the satellite TV or on www.dmc.tv/en.
DMC Chanel Satellites coverage area
The satellite DMC channel is accessible through the following satellite networks: Australia and New Zealand Ku-Band OptusB3 at 152.0 Ì E C-Band Thaicom 5 at 78.5 Ì E Central Asia Ku-Band Hot Bird 7A at 13.0 Ì E Europe Ku-Band C-Band North American Continent Ku-Band Intelsat Americas 5 at 97.0 Ì W Northeast Asia Ku-Band PAS 8 at 166.0 Ì E South Africa C-Band Thaicom 5 at 78.5 Ì E Hot Bird 7A at 13.0 Ì E Thaicom 5 at 78.5 Ì E Southeast Asia Ku-Band NSS 6 at 95.0 Ì E Ku-Band Thaicom 5 at 78.5 Ì E
Middle East C-Band Thaicom 5 at 78.5 Ì E North Africa Ku-Band Hot Bird 7A at 13.0 Ì E
For more information, please contact your nearest Dhammakaya meditation center.
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