by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni
The End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony was held on Saturday 28th October 2017 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. About 45 lay supporters and friends participated in the event.
Chandrika Perera offered the End of the Rains Cloth this year. Her family was present to witness the offering of the End of the Rains Cloth.
Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu.
The End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony
Hair For Care Fund Raiser
by Ming Cassim
On the evening of 9th June 2017, with the full moon slowly appearing, courageous Chandrika watched with joy and equanimity as Ayya Seri began to cut off her long, beautiful locks of hair .
Being the Full-moon Poson Poya Day, (the day which commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda, son of King Asoka of India, in the third century BC), the Head Shaving Ceremony had more significance.
When Ayya Seri cut off the first lock of hair, she gave it back to Chandrika and she asked her to contemplate and reflect on why she was doing it.
With her supportive husband Mohan behind her Head Shaving, Chandrika’s delightful eyes were filled with tears of joy as her head was shaven clean.
Her “Hair For Care” intention to raise funds for Ajahn Vayama’s Care was so sincere and spontaneous, that she felt so much joy doing this meritorious deed.
At the end of the Head Shaving ceremony, performed so dexterously by Ayya Seri, stood a beautiful being … all in white with a countenance radiating peace and joy!
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu! Chadrika.
A letter of appreciation from a supporter
“Hair for Care”
Thank you for inviting me to support the brave and wonderful thing that Chandrika has undertaken to do for Ajahn Vayama’s ongoing care.
While it is sad to know that Ajahn Vayama now needs 24 hour care, it is with joy that we remember her guidance in all aspects of the Dhamma, which all of us were fortunate to receive and benefit from. Her wonderful voice in chanting the Loving Kindness Sutra has given us a calmness of mind many a time. May all that she has done stand her in good stead through this difficult time.
May Ajahn Vayayama be well and be happy in both mind and body.
posted by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni
By Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni
Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage conducted The End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony on Sunday 30th October 2016. About 40 invited lay supporters participated in the Ceremony. The day was a bright and beautiful day and everyone enjoyed a lovely time together.
The ceremony included Paritta chanting, and then the Cloth was offered by Merry and Trevor Taylor to the bhikkhunis at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.
A week before the End of Rains Ceremony, a group of volunteers came to the Hermitage to clean, dust and tidy the Sala of the Hermitage and the surrounding area in preparation for the Ceremony. Our youngest volunteer is a ten year old young lady. We had another small group of people turned up a day before the Ceremony to do the final preparations. Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu to all our volunteers!
Before The Ceremony
By Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni
Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage was very grateful to the two groups of volunteers who came to prepare for the celebration of Vesak 2016.
The first group came on Sunday afternoon, 15th May 2016. They cleaned, vacuumed and dusted the Sala and swept the compound of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. The Volunteers also put up the Vesak lanterns and lights as well as the Buddhist flags that afternoon.
The second group of volunteers came on Friday, 20th May 2016, one day before the Vesak Meditation Day. They helped with the final preparations which involved cleaning and vaccuming, arranging the furnitures and seats, and putting the final touch in decorating the shrine and arranging the flowers.
We appreciate all the help and Sadhu, Sadhu and Sadhu to all the volunteers.