As you sow the seed, so shall you reap the fruit
Vesak, which falls in a few days’ time, is the
most sacred day for Theravada Buddhists throughout the world. It is
a major Uposatha day to be marked by re-dedication to the Buddha,
Dhamma and the Eightfold Path. Today, it may be opportune for us to
explore the concept of one of the Buddha’s central teachings - the
doctrine of kamma (karma - action).
It’s the Age of Silence!
Sociologists and anthropologists believe that
the human race has reached the highest point of civilisation. In the
modern era, we are surrounded with hi-tech gadgets such as mobile
phones, laptops and hands-free phones. All the time, we listen to
music. Even when we travel, we use earphones to listen to our
Thorns on the Side
Power of the ballot
Elections are a major feature of any mature
democracy. The principle behind elections is rather simple. We
select a group of representatives to speak on our behalf through a
vote. Called public representatives, they are our voice in
Parliament and other public bodies. Everyone from the President
downwards is selected by a ballot in democracies.