Vesak Meditation Day 29th April 2018 Photos

The shrine inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2018

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day Sunday 29th April 2018

Ayya Vayama bhikkhuni, Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the participants on Vesak 2018

Volunteers working hard at the Hermitage to clean and tidy the Sala and to put up lanterns and lights for Vesak Celebration 2018

 

 

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage April 2018

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni admiring the lanterns and lights outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage in April 2018




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End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2017

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cake

 

 

 

 

The People

 

The volunteers

 

 

 

 

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Vesak Meditation Day 10th May 2017

PREPARATION

VESAK MEDITATION DAY

 

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Hair for Care Fund Raiser 2017

Hair  For  Care  Fund  Raiser

by Ming Cassim

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Chandrika Perera before the head shaving at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Friday 9th June 2017. Photo by Ming

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.

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Chandrika Perera pays  respect to the Buddha in the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage before head shaving on 9th June 2017. Photo by Ming.

Chandrika Perera pays respect to Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni before the head shaving in the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 9th June. Photo by Ming

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni, Chandrika Perera and the committee of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage Incorporated inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage before the head shaving on 9th June 2017. Photo by Mohan.

Head shaving under the Bodhi Tree on 9th June 2017 outside the Sala of Patacara bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Mohan.

Head shaving of Chandrika Perera by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni under the Bodhi tree on 9th June 2017 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

The bright and joyous Chandrika Perera with her hair shaven on 9th June 2017 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni, Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni, Chandrika and Mohan Perera at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage after the head shaving on 9th June 2017. Photo by Ming.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni, Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni, Chandrika Perera and the committee after the head shaving at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Mohan.

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The End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016

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!

The Bhikkhunis

 

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage during the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony on Sunday, 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage during the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony on Sunday, 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni at the End of Rains Clothing offering Ceremony 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Zor.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni at the End of Rains Clothing offering Ceremony 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Zor.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni entering the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage before the start of the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony on 30th October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni entering the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage before the start of the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony on 30th October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni cut the birthday cake after the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni cut the birthday cake after the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

 

 

Before The Ceremony

A glorious and joyous occasion at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

A glorious and joyous occasion at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Before the start of the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016Inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havndra.

Before the start of the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni's mother, Sau San Teh made an offering to Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni on the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni’s mother, Sau San Teh, made an offering to Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage during the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage during the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

The Ceremony

preparing for the chanting of Paritta at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

Preparing for the chanting of Paritta at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Merry and Trevor Taylor at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Merry and Trevor Taylor at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Merry and Trevor Taylor before the offering of the Cloth at the End of Rains Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor.

Merry and Trevor Taylor before the offering of the Cloth at the End of Rains Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor.

The cloth offerings was handed around the participants to join in the merits of offering. Photo by Zor.

All the participants at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Cremony were invited to join in and to share the merits of offering of the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday, 30th October 2016.  Photo by Zor.

Everyone at the ceremony joined in the joy of the offering of the Cloth at the End of Rains Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016

Everyone at the ceremony joined in the joy of the offering of the Cloth at the End of Rains Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016

Merry and Trevor Taylor offered the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis at Patacata Bhikkhuni hermitage 2016. Photo by Zor

Merry and Trevor Taylor offered the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis at Patacata Bhikkhuni hermitage 2016. Photo by Zor

Meery and Trevor Taylor offered the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30tj October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Meery and Trevor Taylor offered the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30tj October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Offering of the Cloth to the Bhikkhunis of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

Offering of the Cloth to the Bhikkhunis of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

The Chanting of blessings after the offering of the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016. Photo by Havondra.

The Chanting of blessings after the offering of the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016. Photo by Havondra.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni, Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni , Merry and Trevor Taylor at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni, Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni , Merry and Trevor Taylor at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016. Photo by Zor

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Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni tied a blessing string around the wrist of her mother, Sau San Teh, after the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016. Photo by Merry.

 

 

The Dana

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni's birthday cake at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th Ocober 2016. Photo by Zor

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni’s birthday cake at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th Ocober 2016. Photo by Zor

Dana at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Dana at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Dana at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016.

Dana at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 30th October 2016.

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Dana at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Dana at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Friends at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

Friends at the End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra.

The Volunteers

The volunteers on 22nd October 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

The volunteers on 22nd October 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Havindra

The volunteers inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 22nd October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

The volunteers inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 22nd October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

The volunteers at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 22nd October 2016.

The volunteer at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 22nd October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

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The hard working volunteers at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 22nd October 2016. Photo by Havindra.

Hello, come and join in the fun! photo by Havindra.

Hello, come and join in the fun! Photo by Havindra.

 

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Vesak Celebration 2016 – Vesak Meditation Day

The beautiful lights and candles at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

The beautiful lights and candles offered at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni

Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage conducted a Vesak Meditation Day on Saturday, 21st May 2016 to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha. It was inspiring to see all 22 participants attend the Vesak Meditation Day despite the severe weather warning on the day.

We would like to have  bright and warm weather for the Vesak Meditation Day. However, life is unsatisfactory-dukkha, changeable and unpredictable – anicca and not me, not mine and not myself – anatta. The severe weather is like “Death and Dying”, the theme for the Vesak Meditation Day this year. It came unannounced, unwanted and at the wrong time. The severe weather is the perfect teacher for all of us on Vesak Day.

It was delightful to leave our busy  world behind and practise together to honour the Buddha; to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha and to dedicate our effort for our own liberation and freedom.

Happy Vesak to all of you from Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage!

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni on Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni on Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni with the lights and candles inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni with the lights and candles inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

Offering of lights and candles at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

Offering of lights and candles at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

The participants reading the obituaries outside the Sala of Patacata Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

The participants reading the obituaries outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni, Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the participants on Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

The group photo at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Karen.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The beautiful lights and lantern at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The beautiful lights and lantern at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016

 

 

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Vesak Celebration 2016 – The Preparation

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.

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the volunteers inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday, 15th May 2016 Photo by Manora and Havindra

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the volunteers worked inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday, 15th May 2016 Photo by Manora and Havindra

The volunteers inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday, 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora nad Havindra.

The volunteers worked inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday, 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora nad Havindra.

The volunteers decorating the Bodhi Tree outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday 15th May 2016. Photo by Havindra.

The volunteers helped to decorate the Bodhi Tree outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday 15th May 2016. Photo by Havindra.

The Volunteer out up the Vesak lanterns, lights and Buddhist flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday, 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora and Havindra.

The joyful volunteers put up the Vesak lanterns, lights and Buddhist flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday, 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora and Havindra.

Why are they laughing? If you want to know, you need to join the V Team at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Manora and Havindra on 15th May 2016.

Why were they so happy? If you want to know, you need to join the V Team at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Manora and Havindra on 15th May 2016.

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the V Team at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora.

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the V Team at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora.

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the Volunteers at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora.

Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the volunteers at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Sunday 15th May 2016. Photo by Manora.

The result: The colourfull Vesak lanterns, lights and Buddhist flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage at the end of 15th May 2016. Photo by Havindra.

The result: The colourful Vesak lanterns, lights and Buddhist flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage at the end of 15th May 2016. Photo by Havindra.

The beautiful Vesak lanterns, lights and Buddhist flags like the gratitude, delight and joy in our hearts towards the Buddha. Photo by Havindra on 15th May 2016

 

 

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