Vesak Reflections for BUBS, Kuala Lumpur, by Ajahn Dhammasiha
Ajahn Dhammasiha has been invited by Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS), KL, Malaysia, to offer some Dhamma reflections on occasion of their eVesak Celebration. https://bubs.my/wesak
As they have chosen 'Cultivate the Liberation of Mind by Loving Kindness' as the motto for this year's Vesak, Ajahn explains how their communal effort to cultivate a heart of loving kindness is like a powerful live podcast, that can be 'tuned in' by countless beings. He encourages everyone not to be sad that they can't have physical proximity to each other. Never mind whether our bodies are far from each other, if we cultivate mettā, our minds are very close, in fact mentally we all live together at the 'same address': the 'Brahmavihāra' ('Divine Abode') of Loving Kindness.
Ajahn also points out various examples of the Buddha's supreme loving kindness manifesting in his actions, in particular how he continues caring for others even as he is in severe pain and dying himself.
He urges us to combine mettā with wisdom by reflecting what we truly mean if we wish 'happiness' to others. The highest happiness is the 'paramaṃ sukhaṃ' of Nibbāna, which the Buddha first ralized in his heart, and then shared with his father, mother, step-mother, ex-wife, son, brother, numerous Sakyan relatives, and countless beings, as an expression of his boundless loving kindness.