A short journey of Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami to Sri Lanka to celebrate the 14th of United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV). (11-14/ 05.2017)

Sao Khu Loung (“Senior Teacher” as the Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami is known to many people in his native Shan State, Union of Myanmar) arrived in Sri Lanka on 11th of May 2017 in the early morning to participate in the 14th celebrations of the United Nations Day of Vesak in Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka. On behalf of all the Tai Sanghas and followers from other communities, four of his disciples, Ven. Mahosadhalankara, Ven. Pannananda, Ven. Kondanngya and Ven. Vicinta warmly welcomed him at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

At 9am, the venerable attended a meeting of the executive council for the United Nations Day of Vesak (ICDV), of which he used to be the secretary-general (2006-10) and is currently a member. The meeting was to finalise the programs of the celebrations and was held at the famous BMICH in Colombo. In the afternoon, Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami has established newly Buddhist University in Shan State, visited a well-known Buddhist bookshop in Colombo, The Buddhist Cultural Centre, with some of his international colleagues from Vietnam, Korea and Malaysia as well as his disciples that included five Bhikkhu and some lay persons. The visit was to get some books for the newly established Shan State Buddhist University (SSBU) related to some areas of Buddhist studies such as history, philosophy, sociology and psychology. All the purchased books were generously donated by Mr. Prasanna Kumara Jayasinghe + Nang Loung Hom, Son – Praneeth Oung Mong, Daughter- Vidya Ohm, to mark the 3rd Birthday of Anupama Vidya Jayasinghe (Nang Ohm Hseng Moon), the 67th Birthday of Naing Naing, 30th Birthday of Nang Ei. The accumulation of merits through the donation of books was also meant to show gratitude to their parents: mother, Dr. Nang Khin Myint as well as parents; Mr. & Mrs. Jayasinghe. While the merits were to invoke blessings on the parents, mentioned above, for their good health and long life, it was also intended to accrue merit for the departed Mr. U Sai Nyunt Aung, the father of Nang Loung Hom.

After collecting the suitable books for Shan State Buddhist University, in Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar, Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami met Ven. Kirama Wimalajhoti Thero, the founder of Buddhist Cultural Centre. On the occasion, the former presented three books written by himself to the latter.

On 12th May, 2017, Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami attended the opening ceremony for the International Cerebration of the 14th United Nations Day of Vesak and the launching the Common Buddhist Text (CBT), together with Scholars all around the world, at the BMICH. CBT is a translation of selected sutras from three main Buddhist schools: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana and is collectively compiled by some twenty scholars to present it as the guidance and insight from the Buddha. The CBT will be so helpful for those who want to study of Buddhist teachings, there are three parts in CBT; Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. It is said that it took time for 7 years (2001-2017) to complete the Common Buddhist Text.

On 13th May, 2017, Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami was co-moderating for Panel 2 – Inter-Religious Understanding and Common Future for the Humankind. The speakers include Buddhist schoalrs from Sri Lanka, Thailand and India as well as the Sri Lankan Catholic leader, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and a Muslim scholar from Malaysia. Having observed the discussions in the Panel 2, he was responsible to deliver the report of the discussions to the plenary session in the afternoon.

On 14th May, 2017, Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami was kindly requested to meet and talk to his PhD, MPhil. M.A. B.A. and Dip. Students. Around 50 Students came to meet him at the Global Tower Hotel, Colombo, Sri lanka. As some of them have never met him before, they seemed eager to have such chance. The total number is around eighty-eight, which includes the senior ones who have been in Ceylon for several years as well as the new comers arriving in 2017. In his message, the Most. Venerable impressed on his students the need to develop for themselves individually as well as for the society at large; to that end, one needs to cultivate three mindsets so that he can help himself as well as others: they are (1) the intellectual quality of wisdom (2) the emotional quality of compassion (3) a life dedicated to the benefit of all beings.

On 15th May 2017, Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami went to Makutarama Myanmar Buddhist Temple, Reservoir Road, Colombo-09 to meet all Myanmar students. He even had managed to give a special lecture on  Efficient Reading and Effective Writing for all Myanmar students, especially, for M.Phil. and Ph.D. candidates. On the same day, in the evening he was invited by the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, to deliever a Vesak lecture, in which he recounted the development of Buddhist meditation and science in the West, under the title: “Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation in the West: An overview on mutual benefit between traditional and scientific approach”. 

On 16th of May 2017, invited by the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, he again gave the same lecture. Albeit with more demonstrations, on “ Efficient Reading and Effective Writing” for international students pursuing at the institute for their M.A., M.Phil. and Ph. D. degrees. Lunch packets for all students were provided by Ven. Prof. Khammai  Dhammasami’s devotees (Prasana Kumara Jayasinghe + Nang Loung Hom, Son- Praneeth Aung Mong, Daughter- Vidya Ohm.)

The Venerable left the next day early in the morning for Singapore via Bangkok for a medical check up and for some Buddhist lectures at the Oxford Buddha Vihara (Singapore).

Compiled by Ven. Khamhseng. Kondanngya

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