(Bukit Mertajam News) Nearly a thousand Buddhist believers flocked to the Nandaka Vihara Meditation Society in Bukit Mertajam to participate in the annual Kathina Day celebrations (Kathina Day) and to pay homage to the recent graduates of the meditation society. Sri Lanka welcomes the precious relics of the Buddha and is filled with Dharma joy.
Director-General Huang Shunming and director Deng Rongguang were on hand to direct various activities. Dhamasubol, the abbot of the temple, led the monk group to preside over ceremonies and Buddhist lectures. He also accepted cassocks from believers and prayed for them.
Deng Rongguang, director of the association, said that the Buddha’s relics presented by Sri Lanka are also enshrined in a solemn and exquisite relic stupa, and will be moved to the Bodhi tree at the Fa Yue Lin meditation ashram on a certain day for believers from all walks of life to worship and soak up the light of the Buddha. .
The Dhamma Yuet Lim Meditation Center in Bukit Mertajam has a good reason to welcome the precious Buddha’s relics at 2:00 pm on November 11. The Dhamma Yuet Lim Zen Meditation Center in Bukit Mertajam will hold a grand ceremony to welcome the Buddha’s relics. After arriving at the monastery, the monks will chant sutras and lay flowers to pay tribute. Believers from all walks of life come to participate in the ceremony, which is a joyous occasion.
At 7:30 p.m., a lotus candle and flower offering ceremony was performed. At the same time, the three refuges and five precepts were held for believers. After praising Bodhi, the master gave a Buddhist teaching.
The origin of the Buddha’s relics can be traced back to 307 BC to 267 BC. During this time, the ruler of the Ruhuna region of Sri Lanka was King Mahanagar. King Mahanagar discovered the relics of the Buddha while building the temple complex and dedicated the relics to the monk Mittaka Arahant.
In addition, 26 other ancient stupas were discovered at this site and are still protected by the archaeological department, and these stupas were identified as belonging to other Arahant monks. However, the presence of the relics of the Supreme Lord Buddha is written in ancient Brahmi script on the box where the relics were found, and the site is currently being excavated and is considered protected land.
On November 12, the Fayue Ling Meditation Center in Bukit Mertajam also held a series of activities starting from 7:30 am to celebrate Kadina Day, including lunch for the Sangha, offering Kadina (cassocks), Buddhist teachings, etc. .
Bukit Mertajam Fayue Lin Zen Meditation Center is located at the foot of Telok Zhuo Kun Mountain. It is a famous meditation ashram in the area. Address: Lot 1250, Mukim 17, Jalan Kolam, Cherok Tokun, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang. For details, please contact: 017-5023031 / 012-4855770.