Harmony and peaceful co-existence

Sis. Joyce giving a sharing on the spirit of Sāmaggī.

Sis. Joyce giving a sharing on the spirit of Sāmaggī.

On Sunday 27 March, Sis. Joyce gave a sharing on the spirit of Sāmaggī, explaining that it is the spirit of harmony, peaceful co-existence, and having inner tranquility.  When there is harmony in the community, there will be goodwill and peace, and the community will prosper and be strong.

She explained that when one’s mind is tranquil, one will experience peace and harmony wherever one lives.  Without tranquility there is no joy, no serenity, and ultimately, no wisdom. Without wisdom we will not be unable to see the truth. As such, this foundation of our spiritual life must be established and developed.

Nalanda youths leading the chanting during Service Sunday.

Nalanda youths leading the chanting during Service Sunday.

Sis. Joyce also explained that we could achieve peaceful co-existence by learning to genuinely respect others with compassion.  When we do this sincerely, we will be respected in return.  We thank Sis. Joyce for the sharing.  Sadhu anumodana.

Offering of flowers to the 'Three Jewels'.

Offering of flowers to the ‘Three Jewels’.

Dhamma School students attend Service Sunday before class.

Dhamma School students attend Service Sunday before class.