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.
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.
Lohei yusheng (Chinese: 捞起魚生)
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.
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
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