The important significance of Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day, marks Gautama Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. Nine months after his Enlightenment, the blessed one visited Mahiyangana, in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka. His mission was to restore peace, to create a state of freedom from war or violence. The old chronicle Mahavamsa records and states “To free the beautiful land from the evil doing Yakkas”. On his first visit to Sri Lanka, the awakened one, arrived at a spot, where now stand the Mahiyangana stupa. When the great teacher – the Buddha was to depart after the conversion of the Yakkas of Bintenna, Mahiyangana area, for which purpose he had arrived, Sumana – a titular deity who posses a certain title or position but no real authority of this region, requested the Buddha to give him – Diety Sumana, a souvenir to which he could pay his offerings and homage. Thereupon, the Gautama Buddha, the Great Master, offered Deity Sumana, some locks of his hair. He placed it in an urn as a valuable Relic in the Mahiyangana Stupa.
Ata Sil and Meditation Program for Duruthu Poya day, on Saturday,6th January At Kenwick Temple From 7:30am to 5:00pm
- Morning Dana followed by Ata Sil and Dhamma talk by resident monks
- Meditation session.
- Buddha Puja and Dana.
- Dhamma talk by resident monks.
- Evening Tea followed by the dhamma talk by resident monks.
- Buddha Puja & Pansil to end the program
* ALL ARE WELCOME *