- Buddha Vandhana
- Loving kindness mediation
- Share “merit book (pin potha)”
- “sirith mal dama” revision
- Practicing the Daham Pasal Song
Read the story and answer the questions:
One day a clan of monkeys walked towards a forest to find food and water. Then they saw a lake filled with water and came near that. However, this lake was unfamiliar for them and therefore they wanted to get the permission from the leader. The leader ordered them to wait until he comes. A monkey is generally stubborn animal. They are very impatient, yet they listen to their leader. When you have a good leader you can achieve anything. Then the leader came and carefully checked the new lake. Then he noticed that there are foot prints towards the lake and but they have not returned. He realized that no one has come back again from the lake. He also understood that the lake could be dangerous.
Suddenly, a monster appeared from the lake an invited the leader to drink water from the lake. These monsters are often dangerous and they take the lives of people. This lake is also a deep risky place to drink water. Therefore the leader started thinking of another way to drink water from the lake than going in to the lake. At this moment he saw a bamboo tree and desired to use a bamboo to drink water from the lake. With his success, other monkeys also followed him and used bamboos to drink water.
1. Who are the main characters of the story? And where did the story begin?
2. What advice did the monkey leader give to his followers?
3. How did the monkey leader recognise the trap?
4. What was the solution the monkey leader used to drink the water?
5. What would you do if you were in this situation?
6. What are the morals of this story?
7. Draw your favourite part of this story
Learn the sirith maldama verses. Sirith Maldama verses are about learning good (the virtues) enjoying the comforts both in this birth and life after.
Hoda lesa hedeemata
Hoda sitha onne hema vita
Naraka sith ethi vita
Narakamai siduwanne apahata
To be a virtuous person, one always need a virtuous mind. A non virtuous mind causes nothing but bad.
Naraka sithakin nam
Hodak nokaleki kiciyam
Hodak nokale nam
Upan gathiyen netha palak nam
You cannot do any good with an ill-will. Unless you do good, your birth is fruitless.
Pau nam narakamaya
Ein delowehi dukamaya
Pin nam uthum maya
Ein delowehi mahath sepa maya
Committing sins is bad. It causes grief only in both this birth and the next. Committing merits brings about comfort in both worlds.
Thaman pana lesa hema
Sathun gena salaka pema
Oun dutu vilasama
Karan adara gunaya noherama
Love all animals s much as you love your life. As soon as you see them shower them with love.
Sellam sithin wath
Yamkici tharahakin wath
Marana sithakin wath
Sathun hata wada dima nohobin
It is unbecoming to hurt, torture or kill animals, neither for fun nor out of anger.
Anungen nethi una
Deyak lebunoth yam dina
Eya sagawa nogena
Denta karuna karan sathutina
If you find something that belongs to another, do not conceal it, return it to the owner with pleasure.