The overall goals of the NJBV will be to serve all of humanity at a time of need - particularly when one is emotionally distressed. It will cater to a wide range of people, from pregnant mothers and young children to adolescents, adults and the elderly.
For people who undergo stress in all stages of their lives-- be it acute, episodic or chronic - the NJBV will be a healing center. Some of our stress management programs will be aimed at curbing emotional distress: a combination of anger, irritability, depression and anxiety, constant worry, poverty, egotism, dysfunctional family life, unhappy relationships and childhood trauma.
Death is a common perimeter that all of us have to face. Dealing with death, and going through the process of losing a loved one, is one of realities in life we all have to experience. Our programs focus on how to overcome the sorrow and sadness from the loss of our loved ones.
In recent years, the media have been saturated with articles on the problems facing today's teens, including drugs, alcoholism, school drop outs, teen pregnancies, gangs, violence in schools, sexually transmitted diseases, poverty, racism, suicides, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy and truancy.
We will have ongoing programs to meet the needs of all of the above. We will cater to those who feel isolated and lonely or who complain that “nobody is listening, and nobody really cares.” Instead, we will listen to their needs and provide a place for them in finding consolation.
Divorce is another form of stress and grief on all parties involved. The breakdown of a family is one of the most pressing issues facing the current generation, followed by violence in neighborhoods and communities, along with poverty and global warming. Shocking statistics tell us that within the United States, the divorce rate hovers around the 50% mark. This is a phenomenon that is gaining momentum all over the world. We will offer classes, workshops and interact with parties involved in divorces. The anger management programs will make a difference to our day-to- day life.
Old people have been held in great respect by Buddhists who have traditionally looked after them with devotion, but unfortunately socioeconomic problems are eroding this. They need to be cared for, have a social network and be happy during the golden years of their lives. We will have programs designed to entertain and care for them.
This project is something that we could complete in a short period of time. The overwhelming support from our temple community is encouraging and the vision they have makes the difference with regard to funding the project to completion. .
Therefore I only request you to participate with loving kindness and compassion. (Metta and Karuna).
Ven Bhanthe Hungampola Sirirathana Nayaka Thero
Chief Incumbent of New Jersey Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center
Dear Dhamma Friends,
We are just about three weeks away from the this year's New Year Festival. As in the past, we hope to make this year's event a true Sri Lankan cultural and community experience complete with New Year rituals, Sri Lankan food, and games for all ages.
Thank you to all of you who responded to our previous email and singed up for food contributions and supplies for games. We wanted to send everyone a reminder that the following items are still outstanding on the food and supplies lists.
Links to the Google Docs:
The tentative program agenda for the day is as follows:
9:00 AM - Take part in New year traditions (awrudu charithra)
10:30 AM - Buddha pujawa
11:00 AM - Offer dana to maha sanga
12:00 Noon - Pirith chanting
12:30 PM - Lunch for others
2:00 PM - New Year games begin
Feel free to contact NJBV at (732) 821-9346 should you require any additional information or have any questions.
All are welcome.
NJBV on behalf of the organizing committee