Annual Kathina Ceremony celebrated at Indiana Buddhist Temple

ColomboPage News Desk, Oct 23, 2009

Hoagland, Indiana (USA) -- Indiana Buddhist Temple in Hoagland, Indiana celebrated its Annual Kathina Ceremony on Saturday October 17th, 2009.

This year the Kathina Ceremony was sponsored by Mr. Anuruddha Rathninda and family. The celebration included Buddha Puja, Sangika Dana, Chanting of the Paritha, a colorful Kathina procession and lighting of over one thousand candles.

The program began at 10:45 a.m. with the administration of the five precepts by Venerable Y. Sankichcha of Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara. The offering of Buddha Puja was conducted by Venerable Talangama Devananda, chief monk of the Indiana Buddhist Temple.

Twenty monks from different temples from Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburg, Los Angeles and Burmese temples in Fort Wayne participated in the Sangika Dana. Venerable S. Pemarathana of Pittsburgh Buddhist Center gave special Dhamma talks on the occasion. Lunch was served for all who attended the ceremony.

A colorful Kathina procession began at 1:30 p.m. The procession included drums, bells and many Buddhist flags. Mr. Sisira Ranasinghe, Mr. Anurruddha Rathninda and Mr.Vidya Obesekara walked in Nilame Costume in the procession with Buddha’s relics, The Great Book of Chanting and blessing water. Mrs. Sagarika Rathninda carried the Kathina Robe on her head. The Kathina Robe was offered to Venerable Neluwe Seelawimala who observed the Three Month Rainy Season Retreat at Indiana Buddhist Temple.

Chanting of the Paritha to invoke the blessings to the congregation began at 3:00 p.m. Chanting took place in the beautiful chamber in the newly remodeled hall at the temple. Venerable Devananda, the chief monk led the Maha Piritha and Dhammacakka Sutta while Venerable Babarande Sumedha led the rest of the suttas. Before chanting started Venerable M. Pannaloka explained the significance of the Paritha. At the end of the chanting, blessed water and blessed thread were distributed to the congregation.

At 7 p.m. everyone joined in lighting candles to pray for happiness and success for all living beings. Over one thousand candles were lit on the temple premises creating a very beautiful scene.

At the end of the day, dinner was served for all who attended the ceremony. Everyone went home with lots of blessings and wonderful memories.

The whole program was organized by Venerable Neluwe Seelawimala and Venerable Babarende Sumedha under the guidance of Venerable Talangama Devananda, chief monk of the Indiana Buddhist Temple.