On Sunday 19 July, in conjunction with the memorial service for MH17, Sis. Tan Yee Yong presented a Dhamma talk titled “Finding Peace in Turmoil”. She shared a few stories and her personal experiences which inspired devotees. Sis. Yee Yong elaborated on ‘Impermanence’ and the ‘Four Noble Truths’, quoting the ‘Ambalatthikā-rāhulovāda Sutta’ of Majjhima Nikāya.
The Buddha advised that we should purify our bodily actions, verbal actions and mental actions through repeated reflection. If, on reflection, we know that our bodily, verbal and mental actions would lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both, resulting in painful consequences, it is unskilful and not fit to do. On the other hand, if on reflection we know our bodily, verbal and mental actions would lead to pleasant consequences and happy results, then this is wholesome and fit to carry out.
After the Dhamma sharing, a video clip showing the last moments of MH17 and aftermaths of the tragedy was projected; followed by transference of merits to the victims. May they be at Peace.