'Buddhism is a medicine without expiry date'

Press Trust of India, June 20, 2008

Itanagar, India -- The teachings of Buddha is like a medicine without an expiry date and one can use them to become happy anytime anywhere, said a young monk here.

Speaking on the relevance of Buddha's teachings on the concluding day of a month-long Buddha Jayanti celebration here today the monk of Mahabodhi Society of Thetaveda Centre of Tawang Panya Rakkhita said whenever and wherever one felt deprressed one could try Buddhas' teachings as medicine. "Even af ter 2,500 years they still work."

The monk said people and the way of living had changed a lot. "Science and technology have provided many items for our comfort. But have we become happier than before?"

Buddha identified the reasons of all our unhappiness and advised us to cleanse our mind and get rid of greed and jelousy in this very life.

"Our problems lie in our mind and there exist the solutions too. But most of us blame the outside world and other people. So me take to drinking alcohol for temporary relief but it aggravates the problem", he said.

Altogether 3000 fishes were released in rivers, fruits distributed among patients in hospitals, lamps of wisdom were lit, hymns were recited by the monks during the month long celebration at the local Gonpa.