Please join us in commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1st Buddhist Mission of the German Darmaduta Society Sunday, June 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In "Das Buddhistische Haus" resident monks from Sri Lanka
Bhante K. Santharakkhitha is a resident monk at Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) since the Poson celebrations in June 2010. He was born in 1981 in Monaragala, Sri Lanka. He became a Samanera in 1994 at the Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka and received Upasampada (Higher Ordination) in 2001. He had his early education at Sri Ganeswara Pirivena, Colombo 02, and acquired tertiary qualifications, B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and the degree of Master of Arts (Buddhist Studies) from the University of Kelaniya. His coursework subjects were Pali, Sinhala, Buddhist Civilisation and Buddhist Philosophy. He has taught Buddhism at the Sri Sumanathissa Pirivena in Dehiwala. He is available at "Das Buddhistische Haus" to answer any questions on Buddhism, both theory and practice. He also teaches the Pali language, delivers sermons on the Dhamma, and conducts classes on meditation at "Das Buddhistische Haus".
Bhikkhu Patimokkha -- The main rules of the Buddhist monks --> see here
Our motto in Das Buddhistische Haus What we do, everybody can see it.
What we talk, everybody can hear it.
What we think, everybody can know it.
(Dr. Paul Dahlke)
The Assurance of Free Inquiry
Throughout his teachings of the Dhamma (the Law of Nature) for forty-five years, the Buddha laid emphasis on analytical investigation, freedom of thought and the value of dissent. For the first time in human history we see a teacher i.e. the Buddha, calling on his listeners to think freely, without being bound by unverifiable propositions, solely due to the reason that they had been passed down from generation to generation. The Buddha taught his followers to use their critical faculty in defining what is good and wholesome. In one discourse, the Kalama Sutta (considered as the ''''Magna Carta'''' of Buddhism by some scholars) the Buddha draws attention to some fundamental rights and privileges for the seeker after the truth.
Do not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything (simply) because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
When you yourself know: ''These things are profitable; these things are not profitable; these things are praised by ..the wise and cultivated by the wise, then accept and practise only what leads to welfare ..and happiness of both yourself and others.''
The entry request to the promotion association is in german language on-line available. Beitrittsantrag zum Förderverein: Formular