24HrMetta – Illuminating The World With Metta
The 24HrMetta is back! This year’s 24HrMetta will be the event for all to come together to chant and radiate metta for world peace, stability and harmony.
The inaugural 24hrMetta event held on 31 December 2011 to 1 January 2012 drew participation from 30 organisations onsite and offsite via Internet link up. An estimated 550 Sangha members and laity chanted in 24 one-hour slots while 350 others joined in via Internet link up. Over 1,500 in total streamed in and out of the venue round the clock while 250 volunteers lent a helping hand for the smooth operations.
This year, the 7th yearly 24HrMetta will be held the 6th consecutive year at Samadhi Vihara, at 1B, Jalan Pegaga U12/14, Seksyen U12, Kawasan Perindustrian Bukit Raja, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor (Samadhi Vihara), from 30 December (Saturday) to 31 December (Sunday) 2017.
This year’s round-the-clock metta event will again bring together Buddhists from various Buddhist organisations in Malaysia and overseas to focus on illuminating the world with metta and fostering peace and harmony.
Organised by Aloka Foundation and the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM), this meaningful event will commence at 9 am on 30 December 2017 with the Official Opening by Venerable Mahinda, our Chairman and Spiritual Director. The 24-hr non-stop chanting will commence with the first hour chanting (10.00 am to 11.00 am) by members of the Maha Sangha of all traditions.
Participating Buddhist organisations and groups of devotees from Theravadan, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions will then take turns to chant the Karaniya Metta Sutta or appropriate sutras/mantras in one-hour sessions until 10 am on 31 December 2017.
The highlight of this year’s event is the special Illuminating the World with Metta ceremony at 8 pm on 30 December 2017 in which Ven Mahinda will lead devotees in Metta Meditation followed by Light Offering, symbolically illuminating the world with metta.
The event will then come to a fitting end with a Closing Ceremony in which members of the Maha Sangha will lead in a special session to dedicate merits of the 24hrMetta for world peace, harmony and stability.
In conjunction with the 24th Hr Metta event, there will be:
- Offer of Lights to the Triple Gem with the wish to illuminate the world with metta and also to dispel the darkness of ignorance with the clarity of wisdom; and
- Offer of Water to the Triple Gem with the wish to cleanse and purify our minds from defilements
Do come and join us in this meaningful event!