Standards for Robes and Atapirikara have been come to significant need as part of remove inferior items. Consumer Affairs Protection Authority (CAA) and Sri Lanka Standards Institute have been instructed to stipulate new quality standards in the production and sale of Atapirikara and Robes.
According to the existing and accepted standards for Atapirikara that were gazetted on a recommendation by the Buddha Sasana Ministry under the Consumer Protection Authority Act, the items should conform to Sri Lanka Standard SLS 1257 and SLS 1258.
Two special gazette announcements have been issued as follows. 1918-20_S
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Blessing from Buddhism as a quotes
Just as the soft rains fill the streams,
pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans,
so may the power of every moment of your goodness
flow forth to awaken and heal all beings,
Those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.
By the power of every moment of your goodness
May your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilled
as completely shining as the bright full moon,
as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.
By the power of every moment of your goodness
May all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.
May no obstacle come across your way.
May you enjoy fulfilment and long life.
For all in whose heart dwells respect,
who follow the wisdom and compassion, of the Way,
May your life prosper in the four blessings
of old age, beauty, happiness and strength…
President Maithripala Sirisena worshipped Mahaweli Maha Seya in Kothmale today (Oct. 11), thus becoming the first Head of State to visit this Buddhist monument.
He visited the sacred place, after participating in the ‘Vana Ropa’ National Tree Planting Ceremony held today in Kothmale.
The President who arrived in the temple was warmly welcomed by the students of the Dhamma School of the temple. He had cordial discussions with the children and looked into the well-being of the Chief Incumbent Ven. Thispane Jinananda Thero.
President Sirisena observed the constructions being carried out in the temple premises. He also made an observation tour to the Kothmale Reservoir.
Ministers Naveen Dissanayake, Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa and Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayaratne also participated in this occasion.
The President yesterday attended in religious activities in Dimbulagala Aranya Senasana. He also looked into the well-being of the Chief Incumbent Ven. Millane Siriyalankara Thero.
මහවැලි මහාසෑය අප රටට පමණක් නොව ලෝකයේ විශිෂ්ඨ නිර්මාණ අතරින් ප්රමුඛ ස්ථානයක් ගන්නා බව ට කිසිදු සැකයක් නොමැති බව මහනුවර දිස්ත්රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්රි මයන්ත දිසානායක මහතා කියයි.
මන්ත්රිවරයා එසේ පැවැසුයේ මහා සංඝරත්නයට ගරු කිරීමක් ලෙස මහවැලි මහාසැයේ භාරකාර මණ්ඩලයේ ගරු සභාපති තනතුර නවීන් දිසානායක මැතිතුමා භාරගෙන මහා සංඝරත්නයේ ආශිර්වාදයෙන් හා මැණියන්ගේ මග පෙන්විම යටතේ ත්රෛනිකායික මහා සංඝරත්නය ඇතුඵ ජනාධිපතිතුමා හා අග්රමාත්ය තුමා කථානායක තුමා ඇතුලු විශේෂිත ආරාධිත අමුත්තන් ඇතුළු බැතමතුන්ගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් අද ( 20 ) කොත්මලේ මහවැලි මහා සෑය ශ්රී සම්බුද්ධ ශාසනයට පූඡා කිරීම සිදු කැරිණි.
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පෙව්වේ රා මහ ඇත් රජෙකුටයි
නිකමට නොවේ කෝපය නිසා නසන්නටයි
හිස්ලුලු අත දිව්වේ මිනිසුන් බය හින්දයි
සමිදුන් පාමුල නාලාගිරි දන නැමුවයි
කමටද තවත් බස් මේ මහා කරැණා ගුණයයි..
තෙරුවන් සරණ ගිය උන් නැත බය දන්නේ
පන්සිල් නොපිලිපදින උන් කර්මය නැත දන්නේ
මෙත් කරැණා මුදිතා උපේක්බා විහිදෙන්නේ
තුන්රුවණමයි සැම අප රැක ගන්නේ…
Vap Full Moon Poya day is a significant day for Buddhists because of the Katina Pinkama as well several other events which took place on this day. Gauthama Buddha’s completion of His Vas period in Thusitha heaven, the dispatching of an envoy by king Devanampiyatissa to emperor Asoka in India requesting him to send a sapling of Sri Maha Bodhi to Sri Lanka, the attainment of arahantship by Aritta Samanera as Singala Maha Thera and the recitation of Vinaya Pitaka under the supervision of Aranhant Mahinda Maha Thera are the significant events to have taken place on Vap Full Moon Poya day.
Buddhist monks complete the Vassana kala or the rainy season sojourn on Vap Full Moon Poya Day. This three month period is very important for ‘Savanak Piris’ or four groups of the Buddhist community viz. “Bhikkhus” –monks, “Bhikkhunis” nuns, “Upasaka“–lay male devotees, “Upasika” lay female devotees, because this is the period of the year when they can accumulate merit in various ways. Buddhists perform a series of special religious activities; the most important of them is the Katina Cheevara pooja or offering of robes to the Maha Sangha.
Katina Cheevaraya is a web of cloth made in a day and presented to a Buddhist priest. An important incident led to the introduction of Katina Pooja or offering of robes to monks who had completed vas or rainy season sojourn When Gauthama Buddha was sojourning in Srawasthi Jethawanaramaya thirty monks came to see Him from Paweyya state. Since it was the rainy season they remained with house holders in Saketha Nuwara and at the end of the three month Vas period they set off for Jethawanaramaya but on their way they got caught to heavy rains as the rainy season had not finished. They came to Jethawanaramaya in wet robes. On inquiries they told Buddha that they got caught to the rain. Buddha gave them permission for “Katinaskaranaya”or entitled them to have another robe.
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