Our Mission & Vision

DHAMMA NIKETHANAYA INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR EDUCATION MEDITATION PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING

Usually an Unusual Abode:


Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Centre is a delightful Buddhist Abode or Academy established on 19th April 2004 and situated in Letchworth Garden City (world's first Garden City) in Hertfordshire in The United Kingdom. It is also known as International Buddhist Cultural Community Centre for Education Meditation Psychotherapy and Counselling.

This centre has become a beckon for all Buddhist Educational, Cultural, Religious, Spiritual, Holistic & Mental Health and Social needs of the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diverse communities in The United Kingdom and worldwide, irrespective of race, religion, language, colour, gender and belief. Whilst our principle is to respect and treat everyone equally, majority of our spiritual family are consisted with Sri Lankans, Indians, English, Chinese, Thai and Burmese.

The Centre principally performs The Theravada School of Buddhism while it provides due opportunities to fulfil traditional, cultural and educational requirements of other schools of Buddhism as well. Professionally qualified and exceptionally skilful senior Theravada Buddhist Monks reside at the centre to minister all its religious activities. At present they all are originally from Sri Lanka.

Our Vision:

Birth of this Buddhist Cultural Centre is due to many reasons. In respect to the exemplary characteristic of the teaching of the Buddha called “Ehi passiko” “Come & See” our vision is to create an atmosphere to experience what is beyond the horizon of “come and believe” the challenging perspective of modern era. In that sense we are the future as we endeavour to explore the timeless message “Akaliko” of the Buddha.

Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Centre is the fruits of boundless compassion and altruistic joy of a simple thought for noble sharing of perfectly expounded (Svakkhatha Dhamma) teachings of the Buddha. Our vision is to contribute more than just a Buddhist Centre or institute could offer for the intellectual as well as general community in modern era of globalisation by creating a shift of a new dimension.

Every being wishes to live happily and thus search Happiness, and wishes to shelter or live in a place where one can be at peace. We are a practical example of that search.

Our Mission:

Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Centre is the renaissance of a resourceful Buddhist mission based on both network of worldwide institutions as well as World Wide Web. The network of worldwide institutions have the pride of establishing two Buddhist Centre so far whilst many to be flourished. Those two are;

1. Dhamma Nikethanaya, Sella Katharagama, Katharagama. Sri Lanka (more details see our website)

2. Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Cultural Centre, 69, Pix Road, Letchworth Garden city, Hertfordshire. SG6 1PZ England

The World Wide Web (www) can take the pride of the contribution of two websites as follows;

www.buddhistacademy.com

www.letchworthbuddhism.com

Explore yourself with the Essence of Buddhism:

The services, this centre provides include;

  • Buddhist Studies for Children - studying Buddhism as a school curriculum subject;
  • Introduction to Buddhism (suitable for young and adults);
  • Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Beginners’ classes which lead to diplomas);
  • Diploma in Buddhist Philosophy (include papers in Buddhist Education, Buddhist Social Philosophy (Social Dimensions), Buddhist Culture, Buddhist Economics, Buddhist Political Philosophy, Buddhist Psychology, Buddhist Ethics, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Bodhisattva Ideal, Buddhist Vinaya (Buddhist Legal Philosophy), Schools in Buddhism (mainly mahayana and Theravada), Buddhist Logic, Buddhist Epistemology, Buddhist Analytical Philosophy (Abhidhamma), Pali Literature, Buddhist Art, Buddhist History and Geographical Expansion)
  • Seminars and Workshops on Buddhist perspectives;
  • Buddhist Philosophical Dialogues – At intellectual levels for insight development;
  • Study Circles and Dhamma Discussions on selected/important topics
  • Meditation for healthy living, self-esteem and spiritual developments;
  • Special Meditation Retreat – for developing SAMATHA (Calm) and VIPASSANA (Insight) and experiencing JHANAS (Higher Mental Absorbtions)
  • (Buddhist) Counselling for difficulties like depression, relationship problems and addictions;
  • (Buddhist) Psychotherapy for mental illness;
  • Stress Management sessions for positive living.
  • Treatment Sessions on Counselling, Psychotherapy and/or Stress Management can be available on appointments.
  • Comparative (world) Religions and Cultures – Introductory class
  • Sinhala Language Classes – for speaking, writing, reading and comprehension
  • English Language Classes – for ethnic minorities
  • Any Kind of Professional Astrological requirements;
  • Buddhist Monthly Journals, Publications and articles;
  • Daily Buddhist Thoughts in Sinhala & English (Subscriptions for email and web circulation)
  • Computer training (awareness) Classes – For any type of Sinhala typing or designs;
  • Sponsoring Children – This project was initiated after the Tsunami 2004. Monthly subscriptions facilitate the child to get a decent education, food, clothes and other essential and pleasure needs.
  • Child & Youth Centre – to be launched, more details please see Tsunami Report
  • Buddhist Chaplaincy for Hospitals, Universities, Colleges, School or any other;
  • Interfaith Activities

Other Buddhist Religious Services and Rituals (daily at vihara/temple or occasionally at special times);

Daily Activities:

07:00AM – Buddha Pooja, Meditation, Chanting & Dana (food sharing);

11:15Am -  Buddha Pooja (offerings) & Dana (meal)

06:00 PM – Blessings Bodhi Pooja, Meditation & Pirith Chantings

Weekly Activities:

07:00PM – 9PM on Every Sunday: Drop-in Meditation

Meditation – Samatha & Vipassana practices and discussions

7PM - 9PM - Every Monday: Beginners Meditation Course (6 Weeks)

7PM - 9PM - Every Wednesday: Advance Meditation Course (6 Weeks)

BMW PROJECT: Body Mind Well-Being

Every Wednesday from 9:30AM – 11:30AM

Monthly:

Full Moon Day Programmes on convenient weekend to every full moon day of the month

Annually:

New Year Day Blessings Pooja / Mother’s Day Celebrations  /  Dhamma Nikethanaya Day  /  Sri Lankan New Year Celebration  /  Dr Baba Sahab Ambedkar & Anagarika Dharmapala Day  /  Buddha Day Vesak /  Dhamma Dutha Day (World Buddhist Mission Day)  /  Dhamma Chakka Day  /  Rainy Retreat Invitation Vas Day  /  Kathina Day  /  Year End Annual Merit Sharing Pooja  /  New Year Eve Midnight Pirith Chanting

Typical Customs:

Buddhist Marriage Blessings services  /  Buddhist Funeral Rites and Ritual services  /  Blessing rituals for birth and expecting.  /  Daily Blessings and Special Poojas for peace and harmony  /  Bodhi Poojas  /  Opportunities for offering Dana to Theravada Buddhist monks  /  Home Visit on Birthdays, Weddings, House warming and merit transferences for departed.  /  Buddhist Healing Chanting for the sick, elderly and disabled who are in need of mental and physical comfort.

Exclusive Poojas organised by the Centre:

Ashirwada Bodhi Poojawa  / Aloka Pooja (Light offering pooja)  / Mal Poojawa (flowers offering pooja)  / Blessings Pooja for Twenty Eight Buddhas / Sath Budu Vandana (Homage Blessings Pooja for Seven Enlightened Blessed Ones)   /  Nawa Arahadhi nawagraha Poojawa (Pooja to share the joy and cosmic and harmonious energy of the universal plants by reciting nine qualities of the Buddha)   /  Tesetthe Gnana Poojawa (Blessings pooja for seventy three knowledges of the Buddha ) /  Paramitha Poojawa (Pooja for perfections)  / Marriage Blessings Ceremony  / Tribute Pooja to parents (mavpiya upahara poojawa)  / Blessings pooja by making offerings to the first eighty great enlightened disciples of the Buddha (Asumaha srawaka pooja)

Many More: a Dedicative team of academically qualified and experienced monks and laity provide an essential service in every day needs of the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural communities.

Opening Hours:

The Centre is officially open from 07:00 AM to 09:00PM, seven days of the week and through out the year. However monks and management are always on call for 24 hours to help out at any emergencies for on requirements.

Membership:

Membership is open for anyone at any age group. Every member receives many great facilities and benefits. More over they have the privilege and the joy of a blissful meritorious deed. Membership can be available individually, family or as an institution by making a donation as follows. Currently member is £10.00 a month.

Payments can be made by standing order (please contact centre for forms or download it from our website) or by cheques (made payable to “Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Centre”) or in cash (cash to hand over responsibly to a member of trustees only and should obtain a signed receipt). For the convenient, safe and confidentiality, we highly encourage concentrating on first two payment options. 100% of all donations will dedicate for the upkeep of the centre and its noble activities.

Donations (DANA):

Giving is a Joy. DANA (Donations) is a Pali word that can be translated as donations, giving, generosity, charity, and liberality. It occupies an important part in the Buddha's teaching, which is often formulated under three headings - dana, sila, bhavana (giving, morality, meditation or mental cultivation). That dana is one heading underscores its importance. Buddhists should take heed and cultivate a good spirit of dana.

We sincerely need your kind support to up keep our centre activities. Donations (any amount) are greatly appreciated! We need financial support to maintain the mortgage, utility bills and monks’ welfare. Please help us to secure our noble services by making a monthly donation (standing order). Forms either can be downloaded or obtained by contacting the centre.

Teaching and helping to spread the Dhamma is one of the highest forms of dana.  "The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts (Sabba danam dhamma-danam jinati)." We practice dana by offering the teachings without a price tag. You can practice dana by making a donation of money, time and/or labour. Your donation allows us to continue offering the teachings to others. This centre is maintained only by the generosity of all of you who value the teachings.

If you are a UK tax payer, you can increase your donations by 28% at no cost to you, as we a registered charity. Please either contact us to sign for a Gift Aid Declaration Form or download the form from our website and send the signed original copy to us.

So let us share, each according to our ability. Let us cultivate the spirit and joy of giving, bringing happiness and cheer into the lives of our fellowmen. Thank you very much for understanding our financial difficulties and we greatly appreciate all of your extended support.

General Donations:

We experience difficulties to upkeep the centre services due to the constantly rising expenses. Please make any donation that you can afford to secure the ongoing welfare services. There is a donation box in side the shrine room and you also can write cheques made payable to “Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Centre”

Standing Orders:

This is the best way of helping us to secure our existence. If you can make a standing order, at least £5.00 a month, this will give us secured relief and confidence and also enormous strength to maintain our mortgage, utility bills and other incidence expenses. Standing Order Form can be obtained either from our website or contacting the centre.

Regular Dana (Offering Food to Venerable Monks):

You or your family can reserve a date to offer food to the venerable resident monks either monthly or yearly or both on a chosen date significant to you or your family. E.g. birthday, death anniversary, wedding anniversary etc.. etc..

Offering Basic Requisites for Monks:

We greatly appreciate if you consult the temple prior to buy to avoid the excess or meet the useful. At the moment in general please give the priority for Envilops, stamps, kitchen paper, fruit juice, dry food, rice, tea lights, washing up liquid, cleaning stuffs etc.. etc..

It is very beneficial if you could sponsor for the electricity, waster, gas and other utility requirements.

Management:

We are a voluntary organisation and financially non-profit making institution. We are a registered charity under The Charity Commission in England and Wales. Registration Number is 1116187. Our organisation is governed by an exclusive constitution approved by The Charity Commission, The Regulator for Charities in England and Wales. A Board of Trustees appointed at an Annual General Meeting is responsible for managing the charity.

Data Protection:

Your data in our hands are fully protected. We have registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office under the Data Protection Act 1998 to securely handle the personal data. We treat every personal detail of yours as private and confidential. We shall not pass your personal data to any other third party without your proper permission.

Mailing List:

You can help us to save our donations and time and make their best use by updating your contact information as and when necessary. We appreciate if you could sign into our email communication data base as we struggle to face the up rising postage. Please be good enough to pass your email addresses if you have got any.

Noble Sharing through recommendations:

Virtuous Friendship is the Greatest. Once Buddha said that Friendship is the base & source of all Noble life. In Theragatha The Blessed Buddha once said:

I am a friend and helper to all, - I am sympathetic to all living beings. - I develop a mind full of love & one - who always delight in harmlessness! - I gladden my mind, fill it with joy, - and make it immovable and unshakable. - I develop these divine states of mind - not cultivated by simple men. That is why we encourage you to introduce this joy (our centre) to all your friends and realise the value of that noble sharing.