The currently resident monk living in
Das Buddhistische Haus
Venerable Pelane Dhammakusala Thero
Venerable Pelane Dhammakusala Thero was born in 1987 in Sri Lanka. 1997. He was ordained as a Novice and became a Bhikkhu in 2011. He speaks Singhalese and English and is currently learning the German language.
What we do, everybody can see it.
What we talk, everybody can hear it.
What we think, everybody can know it.
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.
''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 Sunday lecture series will resume from May 8, 2022.
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