Maha Bodhi Society (MBS) has been engaged in Dhamma activities ever since its inception for the benefit of one and all. There has not been a single day where the monks led by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita, have taken a break to follow Dhamma in their lives and impart the Noble Teachings of Lord Buddha to the Upasakas and Upasikas.
The Dhamma practice starts in the early morning at 5 AM, when monks assemble in the temple and start their day with chanting and meditation. That continues outside around the Stupa and Bodhi Tree. The same activities are repeated again in the evening at 6 PM.
Stupa and Sacred Bodhi Puja
Everyday morning and evening puja is done at the three stupas in the Mahabodhi premises, two of which contain the relics of the Lord Buddha and the arahats. So also puja and Buddhanussati bhavana – meditation on the qualities of the Buddha is done under the Sacred Bodhi Tree
Sunday Dhamma Program
Sunday Dhamma discourse program was started by the Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita from the very early stage of his arrival in Bengaluru way back in 1956 and it has been continuing without a break from that time. Every Sunday Upasakas and Upasikas assemble at 9.30 AM in the Mahabodhi Loka Shanti Buddha Vihara and then the chanting starts. Thereafter, five precepts are administered to the Upasakas and Upasikas and then guided meditation is conducted. Afterwards, Dhamma discourses are delivered by the senior monks. The program concludes at 11:15 AM. Those who wish to continue meditation or reading the Dhamma books they continue to stay throughout till evening puja and meditation.
MBS has started Dhamma classes for the young boys and girls every Sunday morning and it is conducted by the Upasakas of MBS.
Dhamma Study Classes
Every Saturday afternoon Sutta classes and every Sunday evening Abhidhamma classes are conducted by the monks.
Every full moon and new moon days are called Uposatha days when monks and lay people dedicate the day for meditation, dana, chanting, meditation, listening to Dhamma discourses and other spiritual activities. The program starts at 9.30 AM in the morning and continues till 4.30 PM in the afternoon. Many Upasakas and Upasakas undertake eight precepts on these days and spend their time in meditation in the Vihara. This undertaking of additional precepts and spending the day has been in practice since the time of Lord Buddha. MBS is keeping this noble tradition alive.
Dana – Generosity is the very basic practice for any person to progress on the path of Dhamma. Sanghadana is hailed as much more meritorious. The community of monks is called Sangha and as they are dedicated to the life of renunciation aiming only at the complete freedom from suffering and enlightenment, offering made to the Sangha bears great merit. Many devotees perform sanghadana on Sundays, Uposatha days and other special days like birthdays, death and marriage anniversaries, etc. keeping with the Buddhist tradition of performing charity.