Kathina (Robe Offering) Ceremony
Members, Friends, and well-wishers of Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) as a co-sponsor of Kathina this year participated at the Kathina (Robe offering) ceremony held on 23rd October 2016 at Kingsbury Vihara (Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre), 309-311 Kingsbury Road, London, NW9 9PE along with huge number of Sri Lankans and people from other communities. The programme of the day was as follows:
1) 6 AM - Kathina Bastra Jatra/Dana and Breakfast
2) 11 AM - Midday meal (Bhojan dana) for Bhantes and (Robe Offering)
3) 3.30 PM - Kathina chivar dana, and Dharma talks in Sinhalese, English and Nepali.
4) 5.30 - PM Close
Atavashi Buddha Puja to pay homage to 28 previous Buddhas from Tanhankar Buddha, Mahankar Buddha, Dipankar Buddha etc. to historical Shakyamuni Buddha was held on 22-10-2016 (See Photo).
Ten Venerable monks attended the ceremony including our society’s president Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, Venerable Bhikkhu Sujano, abbot of Varapunya Meditation Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland and visiting Bhikkhu Venerable Nigrodha, Vice President of Lumbini Development Trust.
Kathina is one of the important festival in the Buddhist calendar and celebrated at the end of 3 months’ rains retreat. This is the time for intense study and practise for both ordained members and lay people. It is also the time for lay people to practise generosity. Accordingly, our members, friends and well-wishers looked after Venerable monks during rains retreat and made generous donations - monetary and material requisites including a vacuum cleaner, dinner and cutleries sets etc. which were very much required. Venerable monks and Sri Lankan communities appreciated our effort.