Please join us at the Second Annual Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony at the Metta Parami Monastery
Sunday, October 12 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
101 Edgar Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207
All are welcome to join us at the Second Waso Robe Offering and Novitiation and Ordination Ceremony to be held at the Metta Parami Monastery on July 13, 2014.
Welcome to the Kathina Celebration
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Metta Parami Monastery
101 Edgar Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207
On July 27, 2013 we celebrated and inaugurated our Metta Parami monastery with a formal opening ceremony in Buffalo. The name of the monastery as Metta Parami is derived from the ancient Pali Buddhist words: Metta+Parami. Metta means unconditional love and kindness for everyone, including animate and inanimate things and Parami means moral and ethical perfection. As the ABMA organization and people of the Mettaparami monastery firmly believe in the principles of Metta and Parami, the monastery aims to provide for the spiritual needs of Burmese immigrants and all residents in Buffalo. The inauguration was blessed by many venerable monks: three monks from Florida, one from Boston (MA) and Pittsburg (PA) and four monks from the Buffalo area.
Before the temple was formally opened, the designated Sima was consecrated and Sima related ritual chanting and prayers were conducted by the invited monks from Florida, Boston, Pittsburg and NY. The Sima is the consecrated sacred religious space for holding monastic acts such as ordinations for new monks. After the Sima consecration, four people entered into temporary monkhood; among them was a seven-year-old boy who was ordained as a novice-monk. The most venerable Sayadaw Bhadanta U Zanita from the Dhammaloka Buddhist Society, Florida and Sayadaw Bhadanta Abayalankara from Boston led the formal rituals. Sayadaw U Zanita also gave two dhamma talks to the Burmese community, one was on Saturday and another was on Sunday, emphasizing the significance and importance of the spiritual place and monastery in Buffalo.
Currently, Sayadaw U Pyinya Zawta, Sayadaw U Nandavamsa and another visiting monk are residing at the newly established temple. In the near future, the monastery will provide weekly meditations, spiritual talks and Buddhism classes to the local and nearby residents of Buffalo. People who are interested in studying basic Buddhism and meditation are welcome to visit our monastery.
The monastery is not just a spiritual place for worship and meditation – it is also a cultural place. In order to practice and expand mutual tolerance and understanding, peace and love, the monastery will participate and organize interfaith dialogues and inter-cultural events in the near future.
We, residing monks at the monastery, welcome everyone to visit our temple and participate in our cultural and religious events.
May the Triple Gem bless you.
Dear ABMA Dhamma Friends,
The ABMA performed as a nonprofit religious organization in Brooklyn, New York for almost three years. During that period, the ABMA celebrated rituals of Buddhist religious ceremonies like noviciation, ordination, offering robes (Kathina & Vassa), and the nonstop recitation of the Pathana. We also conducted celebrations of the Hta-ma-nhe sticky rice festival, birthdays, and marriage and funeral rites.
The ABMA, in cooperation with Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, and many other Myanmar Democracy activists and Americans who are interested in Myanmar affairs, also participated in many speeches and discussions about human rights, matters in stopping civil wars in Myanmar, and peace, labor and farmers’ legal rights, as well as helping people with social and political matters in Myanmar.
Besides, the ABMA expressed the conditions and situations in Burma through speeches at Harvard University, NYU, Columbia University, Yale University, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University and many others.
The ABMA purchased a house and settled in Buffalo, NY as nonprofit religious organization on June 1, 2013. We are letting you know that the ABMA is continuously performing not only the same activities which we did in New York City, but also since then we’ve added meditation retreats and teaching Burmese culture and languages to children. We look forward optimistically to our continuing good work and service to the Buffalo community.
With much metta,
U Pyinya Zawta
All Burma Monks’ Alliance
101 Edgar Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14207
Tel: (716) 259-0783
On June 1, 2013 The Metta Parami Monastery will move from Brooklyn to Buffalo New York. The ABMA organization purchased a house in March, and it is being transformed into a Buddhist Temple and Monastery to serve the spiritual needs of the strong community of Burmese immigrants in Buffalo. A formal opening of the monastery will be held sometime during the summer.
Abbot U Pyinya Zawta gives thanks to all who have supported him in Brooklyn, and he looks forward to welcoming community members and visitors to the new Metta Parami Monastery soon.
Many supporters of the Metta Parami Monastery attended the third Patthana Pali Ceremony and Hta Ma Nhe Food Festival held on March 30 and 31, 2013. Monks and temple members took turns reading sections of the Pali Canon, the books forming the basis of Buddhist belief.
Monks from other New York monasteries and from other states joined in the reading and the festival.
At the end of the readings on Sunday, March 31, participants and guests shared a wonderful meal together.
On September 19 and 20, 2012 the All Burma Monks Alliance monks traveled to Washington, DC and joined many friends in welcoming Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the United States. They watched as she received the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest honor given by the US Congress. They attended the event honoring her at American University and another event which honored recipients of the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2012 Democracy Awards. These included
Aung Din was a leader of the 1988 student movement and a former political prisoner who is co-founder and executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Burma.
Kyaw Thu is a famous film director and actor turned activist who heads one of the country’s most important civil society organizations, the Free Funeral Service Society.
Hkun Htun Oo, released from prison in January, is the chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy and is known for his struggle for democracy and national reconciliation among Burma’s many ethnic groups.
Dr. Cynthia Maung is an ethnic Karen medical doctor who has for more than 20 years operated a health clinic for displaced people on the Thai-Burmese Border.
Min Ko Naing, a key leader of both the 1988 student movement and the 2007 Saffron Revolution, has spent most of the past 20 years as a political prisoner in solitary confinement until his release this January. (Min Ko Naing was not in Washington but accepted his award via video message.)
Members of a New York City Amnesty International Group (9/280) first visited the Metta Parami Monastery in July.
Helen Thomas Williams, a group member wrote: “The purpose of the meeting was for the two groups to get to know each other better and to see ways of helping each other. The history of the development of AI Group 9/280 and the history of how the monks arrived in Brooklyn were shared.
In addition, over the course of approximately two hours, we discussed a range of topics including U.S. policy toward Burma, what life is like for the monks who received asylum in the U.S., the likelihood of a fundamental change to the government in Burma, the monks’ efforts to assist monks imprisoned in Burma, the monk’s hope to build a monastery in the U.S. that could house those who’ve been dispersed around the country, and Group 9/280’s efforts on behalf of AI-designated prisoner of conscience Myo Min Zaw (MMZ).”
The piece is posted on the Burma Relief blog, posted by member Andrea Wolper. Click here for a link to the post.
Some members of the group have continued to come regularly to permit the monks to practice their English conversation skills. These visits are most welcome, helpful and appreciated by the monks.
On July 3, 2011 the monks of the Metta Parami Monastery held its first Novitiation and Ordination Ceremony. Three men and seven young men and boys participated in the event, which began the day before with shaving of the heads and traditional ceremonies and prayers. The ceremony continued through the day on July 3, with prayers and meditations, and with families and friends joining in with donations of food. The novice monks remained at the monastery for several days as they continued their practice and study. The photos below are from the July 3 event, which included the ceremony of the new monks putting on their robes for the first time. This honor was appreciated by the monks and their families.