Rains Retreat Sunday Buddha Puja (24-7-2016 to 16-10-2016)
As part of 3 months’ rains retreat special Buddha Pujas were held every Sunday evening from 6 – 7.30 PM from 24-7-2016 to 16-10-2016 at Kingsbury Vihara, 309-311 Kingsbury Road, London, NW9 9PE. Large number of Sri Lankan and Nepalese devotees attended the events every Sunday. Listening to chanting in Pali and Sinhalese and Dharmadesana in English is not only relaxing but also very inspiring. Light refreshments were kindly provided by Sri Lankan devotees after pujas.
Kathina (Robe Offering) Ceremony: - 23-10-2016
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.
2560th Buddha Jayanti News (Sunday, 29-5-2016)
This year our society celebrated Buddha Jayanti (2560th) with some positive changes which included children’s programme. Venerable Sumana Bhante narrated the story of ‘Siddhartha and Swan’ using audio-visual technique and emphasised the Buddha’s message of ‘Compassion and Letting Go.’ Children did art work based on this story and four best art works were given prizes and the rest got consolation prizes. Everyone were overjoyed with the success of this our first attempt.
One of our executive committee members reminded us, “In Nepal, children and animals are very much neglected. But we have realised this problem on the right time and managed to organise something for them. That was very good.”
This year we were graced by the presence of Venerable Indrasak of Lumbini Buddha vihara, Greenford and visiting Bhante Venerable Tiok of Sukha Shanti Vihara, Butwol, Nepal besides our usual Bhante Sumana and Bhante Sujano of Varapunya meditation centre, Aberdeen.
Vnerable Bhikkhu Sumana gave excellent talk on “How not to compromise your spiritual journey to Enlightenment?” and Venerable Bhikkhu Sujano gave talk on Buddha’s advice to monks to spread the Dhamma for the benefit of all. Venerable Bhikkhu Tilok gave very entertaining and informative talk in Nepali on how to use Wisdom (Panna) to everyone’s benefit giving example from Jatak tales how a dog (a Bodhisattva) saved his cubs from a lion. Karuna Priya who is the Buddhist Chaplain and runs meditation classes regularly at the Imperial College, London showed his expertise in meditation by conducting this in his unique style which captured heart and mind of everyone present.
Dr Rasana Bajracarya conducted the programme professionally as a Master of ceremony and thanked everyone especially our Venerables and Karuna Priya for their Dhammadesana and conducting meditation on ‘Metta (Loving Kindness).’
The celebration ended with Paritran chanting, distribution of paritran threads and light refreshment kindly provided by generosity of members, well wishers and friends.
Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam
Kathina Invitation ceremony and Dana offering 17th July 2016 At Kingsbury Vihara, 309-311 Kingsbury Road, London, NW9 9PE
Our society organised Dana offering and Kathina Invitation ceremony on Sunday, 17th July 2016 at Kingsbury Vihara to formally request Venerable Monks to accept our society’s proposal to cosponsor Kathina and 3 months’ rains retreat this year which was graciously accepted. Kathina Invitation Ceremony was held from 5-7 PM and huge number of Sri Lankans, Nepalese and people from other communities attended the ceremony.
As a cosponsor of the Kathina we were responsible for looking after Venerable monks during 3 months’ rains retreat. Accordingly, our members and well-wishers took weekly responsibilities to provide daily requisites to the Vihara as follows:
Dana Rota for 3 months Rains Retreat at Kindgsbury Vihara
(24 July 2016 to 16 October 2016)
24 July- Ram Babu & Durga
31 July- Dharma & Pramila
7 August- Sukman
14 August- Sujan & Reema
21 August- Dinesh & Rasana
28 August- Ratna & Padma Tara
4 September- Shubha & Nani Shova
11 September- Rajju & Ramila
18 September- Swayambhu & Suchita
25 September- Menika & Dinesh
2 October- Gyalsang and Jolanta Rupa Kariyawasam
9 October- Amrit & Anu
16 October- Mr and Mrs CB Tamang
22 October- Kathina Puja
23 October- Kathina Chivara Dana Puja
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