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By TX Chapter on 8/30/2009 10:38 PM
Willies mediation center, even though operated by Sri Lankan Buddhist bukku, serves people of all the faiths by providing facilities and support for mediation. In the modern fast running society many people benefit from meditation when dealing with mental fatigue and stress resulted during day-to-day life. They try to achieve their internal happiness through meditation...
By TX Chapter on 7/1/2009 10:34 PM
After a brief silence Texas Chapter of DAANA has planned to organize and take part in several community service activities and some other projects. The goal is to enjoy by helping others as Rajans have always done. Volunteering (Sramadaana): On Saturday, September 5th, at Willies Meditation center in North Houston together with Sri Lankan Student Assoc. of University of Houston (SLSA) and Temple members. Blood drive: On Sunday, October 18th, at Houston Buddhist Vihara, together with Sri Lankan American Assoc. of Houston (SLAAH) Volunteering program in Greater Houston area: November/December More details of these events will be published on this blog and are available through oldrajansusa@gmail.com and members of DAANA Texas Chapter. Participation of Rajans and well wishers is highly appreciated and will be critical to the success of all the events.

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By TX Chapter on 6/10/2009 10:30 PM
In the monthly damma talk held at Houston Buddhist Vihara on Saturday 6th June, meditation master from Mitirigala Nissarana Vana, Sri Lanka, Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva presented a simplified overview of mindfulness or awareness in the context of 'kayanupassana' or 'contemplation on the body'. His clarifications were fitting for both the advanced meditators and children. In 'kayanupassana' meditation, one closes all the six 'doors' one has except mind and body. This eases gaining of awareness over the body by taming her mind. Mindfulness can be practiced even in our everyday lives; undistracted dinning is an example. The event was well organized by Rajans in Texas with the help of community of Houston Buddhist Vihara. Apart from learning damma, many made use of this as an opportunity...
By TX Chapter on 6/1/2009 10:27 PM
Rajans in Texas are sponsoring the June damma talk at Houston Buddhist Vihara. For many from Dharmaraja College organizing damma talks is not something new. This is a good opportunity for building the strength as a group while serving the community. Organizing the function, arranging the necessary supplies and coordinating food preparation for the attendees are among the major responsibilities undertaken. A well known meditation teacher from Mitirigala Nissarana Vana, Sri Lanka, Ven. Uda Iriyagama Dhammajiva will deliver the monthly damma talk. Ven. Dhammajiva has practised as a meditation master for over a decade and is meditation teacher and Deputy Abbot of Mitirigala, a monastery in the strict forest tradition in Sri Lanka. He trained under Ven. Matara Sri Gnanarama Mahathera (Sri Lanka) and Sayadaw U. Panditabhivamsa (Burma). Particulars of the event are: Date: Saturday, 6th June Time: 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Venue: Houston...
By TX Chapter on 5/28/2009 10:23 PM
Winning Team: Back: (L-R) Manthinda D, Milinda A, Lasitha L

Front (L-R): Ranil B, Sanka T, Kosala S, Asanka S

Cricket is not what Rajans in Texas do best but yet they proved that they are among the best even in cricket. Members of DAANA, Texas chapter participated in a six-a-side cricket tournament organized by the Sri Lankan community in Houston area on Memorial Day, 25th Monday. Without any preparation they managed to reach the semi finals of the tournament that had six competent teams. The climax was reached in the last ball of the last over in the final qualifying match that determined who would be in the semi finals. Chasing 68 runs in the five-over match, Samaraweera brothers had brought Rajans close to the victory requiring only four off four balls. Kosala fell at this stage when he tried to clear the boundary for a six. Sanka went in to the middle to join Asanka to score four runs off last three balls. Even though, the plan was to give the strike to the in-form batsman, two balls were bowled without the bat meeting the ball. Tournament regulations did not allow byes! Sanka faced the last ball and he was yet to play a legal shot. Against the disciplined bowling attack, only a boundary could win the match and nobody in the ground was expecting one. Against all the odds, Rajans won the match qualifying for the semis with the four runs scored in the last ball!...
By TX Chapter on 5/3/2009 10:19 PM
It was such a wonderful evening with all the school 'stuff', the way it used to be decades ago. Even though, we missed some of out Rajans in Texas, we came to know at least one new Rajan. Best of all was that we felt as if we were back in class with our good old friends on top of Lake View, even though, the ones around us were Rajans spaning decades or generations. We are Rajans and that all matters... As it was warned, there were no pauses in flooding of stories from good old days. Had those been recorded, it would have filled a large portion of the Dharmaraja archives. Families also had a chance to get to know other Rajans and their families in Houston area, and of course their own Rajan.



It was just before saying good bye, all the serious discussions took stage. It...
By TX Chapter on 4/27/2009 10:11 PM


L-R:Lasitha L, Manthinda D, Milinda A, Prasad S, Asanka S, Sanka T, Kosala S, Ranil B.
By TX Chapter on 4/23/2009 3:27 PM
Something everybody wanted for sometime is finally happening this Sunday. Even though, we Rajans have met in small groups at various locations in 'big' Texas, there hasn't been a gathering sepcifically as Rajans. Sanka took the intiative in organizing this event that will be the second ever old Rajan gathering in USA, after the first meeting oragnized by Rajans in DC/MD/VA. A potluck might be a good way to start leaving adventureous and goal oriented gatherings to the future. In the near future we will have some work to do on the DANNA book drive and I don't think our schedules will hold us from going for a go kart ride. Particulars for the event are given below: Date: Sunday 26th Time: 5.30 pm Venue: Sanka's (Houston, TX 77030) Please let us know if you need any information on how to get there. Families of all the Rajans are also invited! Let's make it a family event (Please RSVP to Sanka for head count). There will be a Sinhala Awurudu festival in Houston in that morning if anybody is interested....

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