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See all condition definitions - opens in a new window or tab Read more about the condition. Making a firm commitment, he reminded himself that one's effort to transcend the cycle of birth and death is far more superior to the launch of an air shuttle into space.
Having received a rare human birth, he contemplated how the Buddha's teachings were still live and available. As true disciples of the Buddha, we must earnestly commence the practice, strengthen our morality and dedicate our time for the practice of meditation.
Then, the world would not be empty of Arahants! He contemplated how path and fruition consciousness had become such a rare occurrence only because of a hesitation to renounce worldly possessions; to make the requisite sacrifice and embark on the practice without delay and indolence.
Whilst the world rejoiced at scientific achievement, he paused in contemplation, realising that liberation was possible in this very life. He felt great compassion towards all worldlings trapped in the cycle of birth and death, and felt a corresponding urge to free them. These thoughts which were conceived in Germany began to ferment in his mind and with each day that passed, he developed the stamina to translate his vision into fact. So he returned to Sri Lanka and expressed his thoughts to his elder brother, Dharmasena, who had been a pillar of strength to him in all his undertakings. Nothing significant was done by either without consulting the other.
That was the nature of the relationship between the two brothers. Given the sudden nature of the decision to abandon everything including a family business that had been in existence for over four generations beginning sometime in the 19 th Century, there were some misgivings expressed by his brother Dharmasena in respect to the timing of such a decision, which might lead to the collapse of a longstanding family enterprise. In spite of these objections, Asoka forged ahead with his vision.
With the firm resolve and determination that had impregnated in his mind, he renounced his well accumulated wealth without any anxiety or lamentation. The well known P. The Birth of the Nissarana Vanaya Aranya.
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Having given up his worldly possessions, Asoka Weeraratna was well on his way to progress on his onward journey towards liberation. However, two obstacles stood in his way. First, he had to find a suitable place for the practice. Secondly, he had to find a suitable teacher. He travelled the whole country for a period of about six months in search of a suitable dwelling or place for the practice, often without food or sleep. During his travels, he realized the importance of establishing an appropriate place for the practice, how many would benefit from such an initiative as it was a common aspiration of many.
With this in mind, he realized the importance of constructing a hermitage in an appropriate location to fulfil the common aspiration of many to realize the Buddha's timeless truth. A fortuitous encounter. The office premises of the German Dharmaduta Society at Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07 were Asoka Weeraratna's sanctuary - often referred to as his home.
In a moment of great spiritual jubilation, the first of Asoka Weeraratna's spiritual challenges was fulfilled. He found the appropriate meditation teacher, to help him steer through to a realisation of a truth, a truth that was timeless, present and could be realised in one life's journey.
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To fulfil his second wish to find a suitable place, Asoka Weeraratna underwent many hardships. Both together with his teacher and also on his own, he travelled to many remote and rural parts of Sri Lanka, covering a period of nearly six months, enduring whatever suffering that he encountered.
He went virtually from one end of the country to the other, to find an ideal site. In , Asoka Weeraratna acquired initially acres and subsequently about acres altogether totalling nearly acres of the forest reserve from the Government of Sri Lanka on a long term, 99 year old lease agreement granted to him in his personal name.
It was financed and organised by himself alone and constructed subject to three strict conditions, namely: 1 Not to solicit any donations; 2 Not to accept even voluntary donations; 3 If any one volunteered to perform an item of work, it would be allowed under the direction and supervision of the founder.
Within a period of just three years, the reserve was transformed into a hermitage, suitable for the practice of dedicated yogis. This auspicious occasion was celebrated by a maha dana for almost seventy monks. The first rains retreat and the meditation program commenced on 22 July Entering the order of Sangha. Asoka Weeraratna was not only a founding father of the Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya or a noble man with great spiritual vision.
His tireless effort to establish the monastery and to form links between Sri Lanka and Germany were surpassed by his noble aspiration of renunciation and abstinence, and the fact that he himself commenced the practice with great dedication.
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Venerable Dhammanissanthi Thero - Mitirigala 22 August 3. Monks at the Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya. On 2 July , Venerable Dhammanisanthi Thero passed away peacefully at the age of eighty years.
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One of the last photographs taken of Ven. Dhammanisanthi by his nephew Tissa Weeraratna, a few months before Ven. Dhammanisanthi passed away on July 2, Being an ascetic monk he left detailed instructions that his funeral should be one which reflects the triple aspects of anicca, dukkha and anatta, underpinning Buddhist philosophy. Fulfilling his wish, the funeral was marked with austerity and simplicity and on 3 July , the day following his death, his remains were cremated at Kanatte amidst cries of "Buduweva" "Buduweva" from a small crowd of faithful mourners.
Venerable Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi Thero has left the world with a shining example of a selfless human spirit, a life full of devotion, labour, sacrifice and service, a noble visionary whose sweeping contributions to the spread of Buddhism extend across continents and a mendicant monk with impeccable morality and ethical conduct.
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