2013年10月4日星期五

Ven. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera’s funeral held today

September 30, 2013

The Ven. Prof. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera has passed away. The funeral was held today due to a final request made by him.

The Ven. Prof, Kakkapalliyea Anuruddha Thera had rendered yeoman service on behalf of the country. He was 84 years at the time of his demise. He received the highest ordination in 1949 and discharged a priceless service to Pirivena education after being appointed as a lecturer of the Vidyalankara Pirivena in 1953.

Serving as the first Chancellor of the Buddhist and PaliUniversity, he played a pioneering role to upgrade the University to international standards. He is a prelate who had received an Honorary Degree on Buddhist Social Education from many international universities.

Following his last request, the funeral of the Ven. Prof. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera was held at Siyambalapewatte in Delgoda this afternoon. Issuing a statement in connection with the passing away of the prelate, President Rajapaksa has said that the demise of the Ven. Prof. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera who discharged an outstanding service on behalf of the motherland without permitting it to be marginalized in the world is an irreparable loss to the entire nation.

http://www.itnnews.lk/?p=27710

2013年10月3日星期四

Pali Chanting in Memory of Venerable Professor Kakkapalliye Anuruddha

With deepest regrets to announce that Venerable Professor Kakkapalliye Anuruddha has passed away peacefully in Sri Lanka on September 29, 2013.  He was a renowned Buddhist scholar and offered courses on Theravada Buddhism and Pali language as a visiting Professor at the HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies for 10 years since 2002. He also served the greater Buddhist community in Hong Kong during those years. We not only mourn the passing of a tremendous individual, but are also remembering his outstanding contribution to Buddhism. He dedicated his whole life to propagating Buddhism. We are deeply grateful for his marvelous service.

The monastic members of Wang Fat Ching She temple will hold a small chanting event in memory of the late Venerable on Sunday, October 6th, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Address:     Wang Fat Ching She temple

8 Fat Yip Lane, 9.5 miles,  Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan

Professor Kakkapalliye Anuruddha 

Milestones in a fruitful and illustrious journey
Ven. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Nayaka Thera:

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2009/02/01/foc05.asp
http://studybuddhism.blogspot.hk/2009/02/milestones-in-fruitful-and-illustrious.html

Memorial Service for Ven. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha
https://www.nalanda.org.my/event/memorial-service-for-ven-kakkapalliye-anuruddha/

2013年10月2日星期三

佛陀說法

Ariyapariyesanā Sutta (The Noble Search) 記載佛陀覺悟不久後,曾思索應否向世人說法,憂慮凡夫能否明白深奧的佛法。大梵天知道後,三番勸告佛陀,最後佛陀改變才初衷。這事件似乎與佛陀慈悲為懷的性格有所違背,佛陀的前生亦一直希望助人解脫。由於佛經確實如此記錄,若果有錯的話,一早就被刪除,可見有關記錄應是真確和有特別意思。

菩提比丘法師 (Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi) 在有關經文的註釋提到,佛陀可能是在覺悟後才真正意識到凡夫心中污垢的力量,以及佛法的奧秘。另一原因是,佛陀通過大梵天懇求其說法,使尊敬大梵天的人明白到佛法的價值,並希望聆聽佛法。 (詳見Bhikkhu Nanamoli, Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya,註釋307)

佛教學者A. K. Warder在 Indian Buddhism (p.50) 指出,有關經文可能是嘲諷大梵天。大梵天被視作世界的創造者和主宰,他恐怕若佛陀不說法的話,世界將會毀滅。他勸佛陀說法,是因為只有佛陀的拯救世界,這亦把佛陀置於大梵天之上。

達爾卡法師 (Bhante Shravasti Dhammika) 認為這也可能與個人因素有關。當一個人覺悟後,他經歷驚人的轉變,要時間才可把這經歷融入個入性格中,需要一段調整時期才能以徹底不同的觀點看世間事物。這解釋佛陀在覺悟後的初期只在享受覺悟的喜悅,其後逐漸決定教化世人。