Kethumati Buddhist Vihara, Manchester (Oldham) 14th Katina Celebrations
Last Sunday the 27th of October, Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, ceremoniously held its 14th Kathina.
Nine members of The Maha Sangha- the Chief Sanghanayake of Central Province, and Chief Incumbent the most Venerable Ampitye Siriwimala Mahathera; Most Venerable Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thera, the head of Birmingham Jethavana Vihara; Venerable Pidiwille Piyatissa Maha Thera, the head of Ketumati Vihara; Venerable Theldeniyaye Amitha Thera, Head Monk of Nottingham Shanti Buddhist Vihara; Venerable Mapalagama Soratha Thera; Venerable Beragama Piyarathana Thera; Tissapura Sugatharathana Thera; Venerable Siyambalapitiye Buddharakkihta Maha Thera, who been invited to observe rain retreat at Manchester Ketumati Buddhist Vihara; and Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda Thera of Ketumati Vihara were present to officiate this very important event.The ceremony was well attended by people living in Manchester and surrounding areas such as Bolton, Preston, Burnley, Leeds, Liverpool, Stoke on Trent, Sheffield, Doncaster and Kendal.
On this occasion Venerable Siyambalapitiye Buddharakkhita Maha Thera gave a Dhamma talk on the significance of Kathina in Sinhala, and Venerable Theldeniyaye Amitha Thera delivered a sermon in English.
After the presentation of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Project, the Kathina robe was respectfully brought in a colourful procession by the Children of Ketumati Dhamma school to offer to the Maha Sangha. The main sponsors, the parents of Ketumati Dhamma school, Manchester, together with the Dayaka Sabha of Ketumati Vihara offered the Kathina robe to the Maha Sangha.
Two past students of Ketumati Dhamma School, Pasan Fenando and Sameera Hettipatirana gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the organizing committee.
Ketumati Buddhist Vihara is the first Sri Lankan Buddhist Vihara to be established in the North West of England. It provides a very good service to the Buddhist community living in the area. Currently there are meditation sessions, followed by Dhamma talks and discussion on every Wednesday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9pm, and a guest monk is invited to give special Dhamma talk for the full moon day of each month. Every second Sunday of each month there is a Dhamma school, at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara: Dhamma School is held in Leeds every second Saturday, and in Stoke on Trent every third Sunday. Every last Sunday of the month, the chief Monk of Ketumati conducts a two hour meditation and Dhamma class for the Kendal Theravada Buddhist Group.
Report and pictures from Kethumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester.