Kathina Ceremony is one of the biggest
Buddhist festivals and is regarded as highly
meritorious and significantly blissful. The
Ceremony is held to mark the end of the
annual three-month spiritual rainy retreat,
observed by venerable monks residing at the
This year’s Annual Kathina Ceremony of the
Heathrow Athula Dassana International
Buddhist Vihara was held on the 5th and 6th
November 2016. This was the 5th consecutive
Katina Ceremony of the Vihara.
The Vas Aradhana at the Heathrow Athula
Dassana International Buddhist Vihara was
performed on the 19th July 2016; the Nikini
Full Moon Poya Day by Mr. Chanuka Samarakoon
& Mrs. Anuradha Liyanage, Mr Wanniarachchige
Hemachandra & Mrs Kanthi Hemachandra , Mr.
Jagath Gemunu and Mrs. Maheshi Kokila, Mr.
Ishan Dimuthu Nilantha Jagoda & Mrs. Mekhala
Warnasooriya, Mr. Sanjan Boruppa & Mrs.
Menuri Boruppa, Mr. Thilak Dharmawardene &
Mrs. Nirma Dharmawardene and Mr. Sumith
Kuruppu together with the other lay devotees
of the Vihara.
The Kathina day commenced with the materials
for the Kathina robe being brought to the
Vihara by the Katina sponsors and other
devotees of the temple before the sun rising
in morning. The Kathina Robe was carried on
their heads in a large colorful Kathina
procession and offered to the monks by the
devotees with deep devotion and all the
participants. On the 6th of November at 6am
the Kathina robe was offered to Most Ven.
Borelle Athula Thero and Ven. Wanduraba
Kassapa Thero who explained the significance
of offering a Kathina Robe.
The presence of 12 venerable Buddhist monks
representing Viharas in the United Kingdom,
United States of America and Sri Lanka was
very unique. Among them were Most Ven.
Borelle Athula Thero, Ven Wanduramba Kassapa
Thero, Ven Shantha Sobhitha Thero - Shanthi
Nikethana Meditation Centre in Loss Angeles,
Ven Dedidyawala Vimala Thero - Letchworth
Buddhist Vihara, Ven Homagama Kondanna thero-
Moratuwa Kavidhaja Meditation Centre, Ven
Kanthake Wimalawansa and Ven Kothmale
Sumedha Thero -Thames Buddhist Vihara, Ven
Mathugama Palitha Thero- Scottland Buddhist
Vihara, Ven Madugalle Mahanama Thero - Upton
Park Sambodhi Viharaya, Ven Panamure
Thapassi Thero - Enfield Abhayaramaya, Ven
Galayaye Dhamma Dassi Thero - Kingsbury
Vihara and Ven Great Britain Kassapa Thero
Among the highlights of this year’s Kathina
ceremony was the Bakthi Geetha performance
given by the children of the Heathrow Athula
Dassana International Buddhist Vihara Dhamma
School and was highly commended by all
It was evident that everyone had appreciated
the colourfully organised and highly
attended (over 500 devotees) the very
spiritual Kathina Ceremony. The Kathina
sponsors were extremely grateful for the
head of the Heathrow Athula Dassana
International Buddhist Vihara Ven.
Wanduramba Kassapa Thero for his advice and
guidance and everyone who helped in various
ways to make this year's Kathina Ceremony a
success and to all who participated in the