On the 15th morning of July, children gathered at the Temple to learn and practice mindfulness meditation under the divine guidance of Most Ven. Adicca. He led the children in a sitting meditation, with emphasis on breath, to teach them to focus on the present moment.
After meditation, children chanted and paid their respect to the Triple Gem; the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. With translations by Ven. Sangharakkhita, Ven. Adicca delivered a talk on the importance of the Five Precepts and the practice of Metta (loving-kindness) meditation. Children skillfully learned to manage their stress, forgetfulness, and anxieties.
Children received their lunch and other alms munificently offered by Ms. Moe Moe, a Burmese woman living in Uganda. As a way of paying courtesies to their supporter, children chanted and offered special blessings to their guide Ven. Adicca, Moe Moe and shared their merits with everyone present. This event was also a chance for them to learn to be mindful of their actions, to be responsible and to share their merits. No one is too poor to give, and no one is too rich to receive. It was humbling to see the children share their merits and blessings.
We take this opportunity to appreciate our current volunteers, Anya and Fernando who are contributing effort on behalf of UBC. The team is setting up a functional administrative system. We are reorganizing our kitchen and we figured out how to wax a kitchen floor. We are also consciously maintaining the temple grounds, working as a team as well as connecting with each other and Bulega community.
We hope the introduction of this system will allow the Uganda Buddhist Centre to streamline and realize the vision.
Prof. Anya is a Kenyan medical anthropologist with a lifetime experience in management, policy and systems design, editing, public relations, gardening and culinary expertise. She has been practicing Buddhism for the last 35 years. Anya is also helping provide health awareness and solutions among women from the immediate Bulega village. So far, the solutions provided have been useful.
Fernando is from Spain and keen on expanding his meditation experience. Previously he had attend a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat in Spain and was inspired to continue. Fernando has set up barriers for the Centre, and he is handy in all the activities of daily living such as pruning hedges and cooking.
As per our last newsletter, we reported about the Uganda Buddhist Centre’s intention to provide fresh and clean water to the staff and students of Bugabo Primary School.
Bugabo Primary School is located in a neighboring village. The children population consist of 181 girls and 172 boys. A major challenge for the school has been access to clean water an issue that affects the basic running of the school. The construction of the borehole is now complete and students are able to access clean and safe water.
Previously, the students had to fetch water from Lake Victoria a distance of 2km which inconvenienced them due to the amount of time spent collecting water. The water they collected was unsafe and contaminated and constructing the borehole eliminated that issue.
The Uganda Buddhist Centre through the courtesy of Helen Lee and her family has solved the problem of contaminated water for Bugabo Primary School.
The project now awaits for the official commissioning by Bhante Buddharakkhita. In the meantime, the staff and students of Bugabo Primary School are ecstatic.