This month Day Retreat will be on the Sunday, November 29, 2015. . Ko Than Htut, Ma Myint Myint Mon and son, Victor will donate lunch to the yogis.
The summary of Dhamma Talk on 15 November 2015:
Sayadaw U Sanda explained the recipient of the donation of Kahtina robe, the benefits of the Kathina robe offering and the history of the offering.
Only members of the Sanga who stayed at one particular place during the whole three months of Buddhist lent can receive the donation of robes. Celebration of Ka-hti-na robe offering ceremony must be observed only once at one particular monastery within one month of period from Tha-din-gyut to Ta-za-bong. Both recipients and donors get five kinds of benefits. Buddha allowed the robe offering because of 30 princes of Pa-Ta-Va-Ti, who were sons of King Kaw-Sa-La.
One day, the 30 princes, in the forest, were in search of the girl who stole their valuables when they were drunken sleepy. Buddha met them there and showed them the right way of searching: they should not search the girl but they should search themselves within. As they were all ripe in their perfection (Pa-Ya-Me), they searched within and found the true nature of mind and matter. Then, they attained Arahantship. We should also follow their suits in search of the true nature of mind and matter and escape from the cycle of rebirth. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
All kinds of sentient beings big, small or somewhere in between, rich, poor or somewhere in between, high caste, low caste or in between, are going the same route to death. Every sentient being wants to live with fullest advantages of family, good health, younger looking. All sentient beings tend to enjoy current lives and forget about their past lives like a snake that does not like to get back their skin, after being shed. The Sayadaw related a story to us: When the future Buddha was a hermit, a king called U-Tay-Na loved his beautiful queen, called U-Pri-Davi. After the death of the queen, the king kept the queen’s body out of great love and kept weeping for the loss. The hermit knew that the queen passed away to be a female beetle and enjoyed her new life with her current beetle husband while the king was still in deep sorrow. The hermit asked the female beetle whether she still loved the king. She replied that she wanted to suck the blood of the king and give it to his current beetle husband.
We should not forget the truth: we can run for a while but we can’t hide from old age, sickness and death. Our mind and matter has no guarantee and warranty to be permanent, no suffering and controllable.
So, the Buddha suggest that we all have to do wholesome merit (Kuso) before we change into next plane (existence). Ultimately, we need to find the ultimate truth of mind (Nama) and matter (Rupa)). They are impermanent, useless and unwanted and uncontrollable. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
As you know that the Buddha allows only members of the Sanga who stayed at one particular place during the whole three months of Buddhist lent to receive donation of robes. Celebration of Ka-hti-na robe offering ceremony can be observed only once at one particular monastery within one month of period from Tha-din-gyut. At the same time, we, laymen will get special opportunities to donate robes to them for wholesome merit. Continue reading
- Kahtina robe offering ceremony, sponsored by Daw Su Su and family in the memory of late beloved husband, Jurgen Schmidt
- Dennis Ko (New world printing)’s donation in the memory of the late beloved father U Maung Tin
- 2015 Ka-Hti-Na robe offering ceremony
- New World Printing (T. K. Graphics) Donation Event
- Thadingyut’s donation event by U Sai Yi Tip, Daw Nan Shwe Sein and Family