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ELBCC - East London Buddhist Cultural Centre (Lumbini Vihara) Annual Katina Ceremony 2016
Press Release

The annual Katina ceremony of the East London Buddhist Cultural Centre (Lumbini Viharaya) held elegantly at the Temple premises in Plaistow, London on 16th October 2016 under the patronage of Ven Makure Mangala Thero the Chief Incumbent of the temple with a participation of a vast gathering of Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Indian Buddhist devotees.

Ceremony was sponsored by the family members of Mrs Suneetha Sriwardana jointly with the family members of Nilanthi Karunathilaka together with the support of the Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Indian devotees. They offered the diligently prepared ‘Katina Robe’ adhering to the Buddhist tradition to the participating monks who were representing the monastic community of monks ‘Maha Sangha’.

Event comprised of series of meritorious religious rituals conducted with the assistance of guest and residential monks namely, Chief Incumbent of Alanmathiniyaramaya - Ven Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero, Aggamaha Panditha Mahanayaka of Great Britain/ Chief Incumbent of Kingsbury Sri Saddhathissa International Buddhist Centre - Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi Maha Thero, Shangha Nayaka of Great Britain /Chief Incumbent of Scotland Buddhist Viharaya - Kaburawala Sri Revatha Thero, Chief Incumbent of Redbridge Viharaya Ven. Pethigamume Hemarathana Thero, Deputy Head Monk Ven. Thawalama Bandula Maha Thero and Kalugamuwe Kassapa Thero representing of London Buddhist Viharaya and the Residential monks Dr. Kabalewe Siri Sumana Thero and Thannehene Chandananda Thero who had observed ‘Vas’ for more than three months.

Devotees’ dressed in white assembling at the temple since early morning was a pleasant sight. Majority of them were bearing carefully prepared dishes to offer for lunch (Dahawal dana), and requisites (Pirikara) to offer to the Monks. Most devotees also offered cash donations for the upkeep of the temple by securing currency notes on a designated tree (Kapruka) which will be later used to source necessary articles to full fill the essential needs of the monks.

Mrs Suneetha prepared the Katina robe at the temple premises with the help of many participants and it was on display thereafter with the rest of the offerings for the devotees to worship. Ven. Makure Mangala Thero along with other residential and distinguished guest monks then gathered to the dhamma hall to commence the prestigious event. After a brief introductory speech describing the significance of the ‘Katina’ ceremony, Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi Maha Thero, paid homage to the Triple Gem and administered five precepts (pan sil). Along with the fellow monks, he chanted ‘pirith’ and blessed those who were present. He stressed that ‘pirith’ chanted on that day was most effective and powerful since the monks had gathered so much of energy within, having spent three months meditating.

Subsequently arrived the time to serve ‘dana’. Prime portions of the individual food items were offered to the Lord Buddha followed by monks. Everyone lined up to serve a portion of rice and other dishes prepared by the participants with special care and attention. Laity had lunch and refreshments while the monks finished their meals and took their positions in the hall once again to continue the ceremony.

Highlight of the event, the offering of the ‘Katina’ robe then took place. It was escorted with rest of the ‘Pirikara’ (offerings/donations) in an elegant procession organised by the children of the Sunday school. Once the offerings were made to the participating monks, they eloquently pronounced words of acceptance and subsequently they conferred amongst themselves to come to a consensus as to whom the robe would be offered. Consequently Kalugamuwe Kassapa Thero and Thannehene Chandananda Thero announced that they unanimously decided to offer the Katina Robe to Ven Makure Mangala Thero expressing why he deserved to receive it. Laity offered the remaining ‘Pirikara’ to the rest of the participating monks. Thereafter Ven Makure Mangala Thero commenced the final stage of the ceremony by conducting ‘punyanumodana’ (transferring merits) for the devotees. Thereafter ‘pirith’ water was distributed and ‘pirith’ strings were secured around the wrists of everyone present as a further blessing. Ven. Makure Mangala concluded the event by adding that this year’s event has undoubtedly attracted the largest crowd in the history of the event conveying his gratitude by praising all the devotees, guest/residential monks and everyone who supported to make the event a success.


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