Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) was honoured to accept an invitation from Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple through the courtesy of Bhante Rathanasara, to participate in Sajjhayana Chanting Ceremony on 10th November 2015.
Incidentally, Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) has a long historical tie through our founder monk, the late Venerable M M Mahaweera Maha Nakaya Thero who hailed from Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple. (MV Dhamma Fellowship’s Temple Visits rekindle historical ties with Sri Lankaramaya Temple and Burmese Buddhist Temple | Buddhism and Daily Living).
The ceremony was to commemorate an appreciation day to create awareness on the different intonations in chanting the Suttas from the Pali Canon as practised by the other invited participants viz: Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association, Singapore Buddhist Mission, Ehipassiko Chanting Group and Dhammanusari Group.
MV Dhamma Fellowship was indeed privileged to be delegated with the task with Sister Suriaty “Sue” Simon taking charge.
The selected sutta for chanting “Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta” (Sn 1.4; SN 7.11) was suggested by Chairman Dr. Lim Ah Swan. He was also the trainer and mentor to 14 members chanting team, led them through the various practice sessions from 3rd October and every Saturday till 7th November 2015.
The events for the day started at 8:30 am and the Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta offered by Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Tempe) was scheduled at 10:50 am in the programme sheet.
The chanting team from Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) led by Sister Sue, dressed in splendorous white attires, with resounding melodious voices and timbres of a choir with its unique rhythmic tempo, synonymous with our late founder monk’s distinctive style, resonated well and befitted the occasion.
Each participating team was presented with a memento and Brother Terence Lee received it on behalf of MVBT team.
The occasion was also graced by Venerable U Cittara, Resident monk, MVBT Chairman Dr Lim Ah Sawn and MVDF Chairman Raymond Yow.
It is only appropriate as a token of appreciation to accord recognition to the following participants for their contribution in effort and time for a noble cause.
It was indeed a fulfilling occasion for the participants to engage in such a noble event.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
(Unless otherwise stated text and photos by contributor).
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Date: 10th November 2015.