MV Dhamma Fellowship second Chinese New Year dana luncheon

What an auspicious day!

Mangala Vihara Dhamma Fellowship (MVDF) hosted a dana lunch at Xin Man Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant on the seventh day of the Chinese New Year of the zodiac sign of the of the monkey. The seventh day is also viewed as a common birthday of all human beings or renri (Chinese: 人日). The date when translated to Gregorian calendar also known as Western or Christian calendar falls on the 14th February 2016.

Incidentally, 14th February is also Valentine’s Day. It is a festival of romantic love where people give cards, letters, flowers, presents to their spouse or partner. Some even profess their love on social and mass media and some have a meal at restaurant or hotel.

So February 14th 2016 was indeed an auspicious day, at least for MVDF.

List of invited guests

The invited guests from the sangha members comprised of Bhante Seelananda, Bhante Cakkapala, Bhante Sunitha, Bhante Indavudha and Bhante Vinaya.

The committee members of MVDF who graced the occasion were Brothers Raymond, Chan Tuck Sing, Chin Kee Thou, Hing Seng Huat and Yeap Cheow Soon, and Sisters Angelin, Ellen, Christine, Lily, Qwee Siang, Seow Eng and Sue.

The three additional sangha members attended this year dana lunch, which debuted in 2015,  were Bhante Seelananda and two visiting monks  Bhante Indavudha and Bhante Vinaya who are studying in Sri Lanka.

Bhante Cakkapala with two visiting monks, Bhante Indavuhdha and Bhante Vinaya both studying in Sri Lanka, as our guests.

Bhante Cakkapala with two visiting monks, Bhante Indavuhdha and Bhante Vinaya both studying in Sri Lanka, as our guests.

MVDF took the opportunity to welcome two new committee members Sisters Christine Chiam and Qwee Siang on board the ship and; also received a guest Brother Min Po to share the merits on this joyous occasion.

We welcome our two new committee members Sister Christine and Qwee Siang (left and third from left) and new guest Bhante Seelananda (second from right) … …

We welcome our two new committee members Sister Christine and Qwee Siang (left and third from left) and new guest Bhante Seelananda (second from right) … …

 

… … and our special guest Brother Min Po on the right.

… … and our special guest Brother Min Po on the right.

Lohei yusheng (Chinese: 起魚)

The signature dish that is available only during the Chinese New Year festival is none other than the lohei yusheng (Chinese: 捞起魚生) or tossing raw fish salad for good fortune and good health.

A platter of sumptuous lohei yusheng.

A platter of sumptuous lohei yusheng.

Please refer to the following link for more information on lohei and yusheng : Pre-Chinese New Year lohei (捞起) dana lunch | Buddhism and Daily Living and

MV Dhamma Fellowship’s Lunar New Year Lo Hei (捞起)Luncheon Get Together | Buddhism  and Daily Living .

Chinese New Year Lo Hei (捞起) in progress … …

Chinese New Year Lo Hei (捞起) in progress … …

 

… … or tossing for good fortune and good health.

… … or tossing for good fortune and good health.

Epilogue

It could not have been a better day to celebrate the second annual gathering of MVDF on an auspicious day that coincided with “all human birth” and Valentine’s Day.

It is the desire to maintain the tradition so as to establish and strengthen the bonds with the members of the sangha and among the committee members not only for the sake of propagating the Dhamma but also to enhance the practice in their daily lives.

Sister Lily succinctly said, “Today lunch and dana will not be realized without your presence and kind support. I’m especially happy to see Ellen with us. With this meritorious deed, l wish everyone good health and longevity to continue to propagate the Dhamma.”

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Contributor: Chin Kee Thou

Date: February 15th 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Chin Kee Thou

Reading Buddhist scriptures and writing articles for the blog and newsletters.
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