27 October 2011

13 November 2011 - Robes Offering Ceremony

According to Buddhist tradition, the period from July to October every year is when Buddhist monastics observe the “Vassa” or ‘rains retreat’. In ancient times, the Indian monsoon season prevented Buddhist monks and nuns from wandering. Thus, the Buddha instructed His disciples to temporarily settle in a monastery for three months, and to apply themselves strictly to their spiritual practice.

Following the end of the rains retreat, the laity supports the Sangha community by offering them material requisites, such as robes, medicine, food and shelter. In return, the lay supporters hope to gain merits and the accomplishment of noble aspirations.

Nalanda is organising a Robes Offering Ceremony and Sanghika Dana at Nalanda Centre on Sunday, 13 November 2011, from 9am - 12pm.  You may bring cooked vegetarian food to offer to the Sangha. We have also prepared 50 sets of robes and 150 packets of requisites for you to purchase and offer to the monks on this joyous occasion.

Kindly contact the Management Office at 03-8938-1500 to purchase the robes and/or requisites.

Text from the Nalanda Bulletin, Issue No. 6, November 2011.
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