This establishment of country chapters takes the Metta Round The World initiative to the next level of wider outreach and greater participation.
Judging by the turnout and the enthusiastic response at the two launch ceremonies, this MRTW second phase of Metta Round The World that continues on to Vesak 2013 has got off to a very good start!
It was the momentum generated by the first phase – more than 1,000 individuals registered as metta participants, 30 participating Buddhist organisations with over 400,000 participating devotees, all hailing from 27 countries – has prompted Bhante Mahinda to continue this MRTW initiative.
Speaking at the launch of MRTW second phase on May 20 following an all-night chanting of Karaniya Metta Sutta at Seck Kia Eenh in Melaka, Malaysia, Bhante Mahinda said he rejoiced with how MRTW has touched many.
In this new phase from New Moon day on May 21, participants will meditate for at least 15 minutes on New Moon and Full Moon days.
Additional focus in the continuation phase of MRTW is the setting up of country chapters and the convening of Metta Facilitator Workshop aimed at developing a pool of Metta Facilitators to lead the Metta Circles, small groups of metta participants that will come together and support each other in their metta practice.
From Melaka, Bhante Mahinda headed south across the Causeway to launch Metta Round the World Singapore Chapter launch at the Singapore Buddhist Federation on May 20 evening. Over 500 including members of the Maha Sangha from the three Buddhist traditions attended the event.
On June 2, Bhante Mahinda led a group MRTW ‘ambassadors’ to Sri Lanka. From Colombo where the group made a presentation on MRTW after a Sanghikadana at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, the group proceeded to sacred Kandy which is where MRTW Sri Lanka chapter is to be launched.
Sri Lanka Central Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa officiated the June 4 launch ceremony attended by over 500 people at the Ranawana Purana Raja Maha Viharaya.