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July 31, 2017
Vassana Aradhana Ceremony - 2017
Heathrow Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple
This is the Vassana period. Heathrow Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple also is currently taking part in a Vassa (rainy season). The season lasts for three month, at the end of this season there is a Katina ceremony.

The Vas Aradhana at Heathrow Temple (Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple) was performed on Saturday 08th of July 2017, on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day by Mr. Thilak Wijesinghe and Mrs. Kavmudi Wijesinghe. Mr. Lucky Wijerathne and Mrs, Renuka Wijerathne. Mr. Channa Kohomange and Mrs. Prasandika Kohomange. Mr. Indrajith Alwis and Dr. Thushani Alwis. Mr. Nadeera Kahatapitiya and Mrs. Piyumi Kahatapitiya. Mr. Miran Madapatha and Mrs. Natasha Madapatha, Mr. Chandana Mahanama and Mrs. Chamali Mahanama together with the other lay devotees of the temple.

They invited Most Ven. Wanduramba Kassapa Nayake Thero (Chief Incumbent of the temple and also the Chief Buddhist priest for the Great Britain.) and Most Ven, Dodamgoda Siri Sumedha Thero to reside in the temple during the rainy (Vassa) season and assured to provide the basic requisites during the three months from the Full Moon of July to Full Moon of October.

The rainy season in India start in July and continues for about three months. At the time of Buddha there were 62 religions in India and most of these religions practiced non-violence to the extreme. During the rainy season when monks were going out for alms (Pindapatha), those people complained to Buddha that the monk were threading on the tender grass and worms and other small creatures in the mud, thus causing harm to them. The Buddha who respected other religions, advised the monks to spend the rainy retreat staying in one place, focusing on the advancement of spiritual development as well as for the benefit of the society.

At the end of the rainy season Kathina Ceremony is held by the lay devotees to express their gratitude to the Sangha by offering the Katina robe and other requisites. This year Kathina Ceremony takes place in Heathrow Athula Dassana Temple on 28th and 29th of October 2017.
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