Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre’s
Kathina Ceremony took place over the last
weekend. The ATAVISI PUJAVA, the ancient
tradition of paying homage to the 28 past
Buddhas, took place on Saturday 22nd October
2016. At 6.30
of devotees, all dressed in white, started
offering Atapirikara, Robes and Trays of
Buddha Pujas to the various Buddhas they
sponsored. HE Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, Deputy
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, gracing the
occasion, accompanied the Karanduwa to the
rostrum to start the proceedings. The Pujava
was conducted by Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka
Thero of the Alan Mathiniramaya, who also
delivered a thoughtful and educative Dhamma
Talk on the central, pivotal role of
mindfulness in Buddhism. The asanas itself
(dais where the statues of the past Buddhas
were placed) was superbly decorated and lit,
by a hard working group of young devotees of
the material for the Kathina Robe were
ceremonially brought to the Vihara at 6.30
the offering was received at the Temple by
Ven. (Dr) Handupelpola Mahinda Nayaka Thero.
After the Buddha Puja and Vandana, the Eight
Precepts was administered by Venerable Dr
Nayaka Thero of the Western Province, Sri
Lanka followed by the Dhammadesana.
Thereafter Ven. Paragahakele Nalaka Maha
Thero, Director of the Medikele Mudita
International Buddhist Centre, Ingiriya, Sri
Lanka also delivered a Dhamma sermon. The
Meditation Session was conducted by Dr
Senevi Athurupana, the Buddhist Chaplain to
HM Prisons. The Buddha Pujava was conducted
by Ven. Nepal Sumana Thero.
Dhamma discussion participants were Ven.
(Dr) Akuretiye Nanda Thero; Ven. (Dr)
Degalle Mahinda Thero, Reader and Lecturer,
Study of Religions, Bath Spa University,
Bath; and Ven. Nepal Sumana Thero.
Kathina Civara Pujava took place at 3.30
the robe was unanimously presented to Ven.
Nepal Sumana Thero by the Sangha who
observed Vas at the Temple.
sponsors of the Vas were members of the
Lumbini Nepal Buddha Dharma Society (UK) and
Members of the SSIBC Dayaka Sabha. The
Kathinanisamsa Dhammadesanaya was delivered
in Nepali by Ven. Nepal Nigrodha Thero, Vice
Chairman, Lumbini Development Trust, Nepal,
in English by Ven (Dr.) Deegalle Mahinda
Thero, and in Sinhala by Uduwe Dhammaloka
Ven.Makure Mangala Nayaka Thero of the East
London Buddhist Cultural Centre; Ven. Nepal
Sujan Thero of the Varapunya Meditation
Centre, Aberdeeen, Scotland; Ven. Ratmale
Sarada Thero, Bingiriya Raja Mahaviharaya
also participated in this ceremony.
Kathina Ceremony concluded with the chanting
of Karaniya Metta Sutta.