Merits Making opportunity - Dhamma Brothers & Sisters We need YOU!

Dear Brothers & Sisters in the Dhamma,


There will be 6 forest monks from Thailand who will be visiting our centre from  22 - 23 May 2013

Volunteers we need you for the following :-


22 May 2013
Time : 11.00 am
Pick Up from KLIA to Ti-Ratana Penchala 
Requirement : 2 MPV

2) Serving Pana (afternoon tea)

Date : 22 May 2013
Time : 4 pm
Requirement : To prepare for the 6 sanghas

Serving tea, coffee,honey, fruit juices (fresh or packet fruit juices without pulp, fruit juices, tomato juice is allowed), dark chocolate (without milk/fruits/nuts), sorbet with no residue of pulps or particles, sunflower seeds, soft cheese (cheese stick,cheddar,Danish Camembert, brie etc ) and seaweed.
When offering fresh fruit juice it is important that it is well strained so that no pulp or fruit particles remain, for the fruit itself counts as food and so cannot be consumed in the afternoon. Some places in Thailand will strain the juice in a cloth filter seven times to make sure, but the main point is that the filter is fine enough.

"Juice drinks include the freshly squeezed juice of sugar cane, lotus root, all fruits except grain, all leaves except cooked vegetables, and all flowers except the [bassia latifolia] (Mahaavagga.VI.35.6). According to the Commentary, the juice must be strained, and may be warmed by sunlight but not heated over a fire."(BMC p.339)

Some communities will not accept fruit juice made from 'large fruits':

"In discussing the Great Standards, the Commentary says that grain is a "great fruit," and thus the juice of any one of nine large fruits — palmyra fruit, coconut, jack fruit, breadfruit, bottle gourd, white gourd, musk melon, water melon, and squash — would fall under the same class as the juice of grain... From this judgment, many Communities [in Thailand] infer that the juice of any large fruit, such as pineapple or grapefruit, would also be classed as a non-staple food [and therefore could not be consumed in the afternoon.]" (BMC p.339)

* If you wish to offer above items to the sanghas, please inform us by 8th May . All items must be prepared and served individual portion basis.

3)Pindacara and Sanghika Dana

Date :23 May 2013
Time : 8.00 am 

During pindacara & serving dana, we need volunteers for the following :-
a)Follow and assist the monk during alms round - Require 7 brothers

b)You are welcome to the ritual of washing the ajahns' foot after the alms round. Get ready the water, pail, soap and floor mat. Only brothers are allowed. We need at least 5 brothers to assist.

Monks go on alms round bare feet. Upon their return, Monks allow devotees to wash their feet for the purpose of practicing humility, service, reverence, overcoming aversion and ego

C)Assist the sanghas with alms bowl to take the food. (brothers only) - Require 6 brothers. A great opportunity to serve the monk

D)Help to wash sangha's alms bowl - Require 4 brothers

E) Set up tables to place food for dana , cutleries, plates, serving gear . Sort out the food like fruits, drinks, kuih , vegetarian and non vegatarian dishes in sections. (male & female devotees are welcome)

We also need volunteers at the following section

1) Help to mob the shrine hall after the dana
2) Wash the floor (back kitchen area where we place the food) after dana 
3) Help to clear and wash the food containers used after dana

Brothers & Sisters, if you are able to volunteer in any of the above mentioned areas, kindly provide us your name & contact number by email or contact Sis June 03-7784 9002 . We look forward to hearing from you soon

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When one perform such wholesome deeds with a wholesome and happy mind, one reap great benefits.