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.


Let's Rejuvenate with Ajahn Brahmavamso - 28 April 2013

Tropicana Golf and Country Resort will be hosting a one day retreat with the Most Venerable Ajahn Brahmavamso which will be held at Ballroom 1 on 28 April 2013, 8:30am - 5:30pm.  Entrance to the retreat is by donation (minimum of RM300 per person). All proceeds from this retreat will be donated to the Bodhinyana  Monestary , Serpetine, Western Australia.
For more information or bookings, please call 03-780 48888; Sandy-ext (142), Samantha-ext (515) 

3D/2N Kathina in Thailand, 21 - 23 Oct 2011

Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre joyously invites you to participate in the meritorious Kathina Festival at 2 forest monasteries in Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima) province, Thailand:

Wat Khao Yai Charoendham, under abbot Ven. Luang Por Uthai Siridharo

Wat Ratanawan, under abbot Ven. Tan Ajahn Nyanadhammo

The trip includes visit of famous Wat Sothon marble temple, Bang Pakong river cruise and the popular dairy farm attraction, Farm Chokchai. Option to extend stay in Bangkok can be arranged.

Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat for Theravada Buddhist monks. It is a time for the laity to express gratitude to monks. Lay Buddhists bring donations to temples, especially new robes for the monks.

As the legend goes, thirty bhikkhus were journeying with the intention of spending Vassa with Gautama Buddha. However, Vassa began before they reached their destination and they had to stop. According to Buddha's guidelines for Vassa, mendicant monks shouldn't travel during the rainy season as they may unintentionally harm crops and insects during their journey. As such, the monks had to stop.

Afterwards, the Buddha rewarded the monks by demonstrating a way to practice sharing and generosity. A lay disciple had previously donated cloth to the Buddha, so the Buddha now gave that cloth to the group of monks and told them to make it into a robe and then offer it as a gift to one of them. A frame, called a Kathina, was used to spread the robe while it was being made.

Accounts of Vassa and Kathina are found in the Mahavagga volume of the Vinaya Pitaka, the Buddhist scriptures pertaining to monastic rules for monks and nuns.

PROFILE OF Ven. Luang Por Uthai Siridharo

Ven. Luang Por Uthai Siridharo was born in Yasothon province of Thailand on March 12, 1936. As a teenager, he helped his parents tending their rice fields. At age 21, he ordained as a Buddhist monk in Amnat Charoen province on May 9, 1956. After 3 rains retreat, he went to search for a meditation teacher and proceeded to have periods of discipleship under Ven. Ajahn Sim, Ven. Ajahn Wein and Ven. Ajahn Fan Acharo. After the passing away of Ven. Ajahn Fan Acharo in 1977, he mainly resided at Wat Tham Phra Phu Wua in Nong Khai province. In 2006, he was invited by Ven. Ajahn Maha Boowa to set up Wat Khao Yai Charoendham, where he is currently residing

PROFILE OF Ven. Tan Ajahn Nyanadhammo
Ven. Tan Ajahn Nyanadhammo was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1955 and studied biology at university. His contact with the Dhamma via reading a Buddhist book eventually drove him to Thailand to receive his novice ordination in 1978 at Wat Bowon Niwet Wiharn in Bangkok. Full ordination followed in 1979 at the age of 24, under Ven. Ajahn Chah at Wat Nong Pah Pong in Ubon Ratchathani province. In 2002, he became the abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat, a branch monastery of Wat Nong Pah Pong with an international community of English speaking monks. In 2007, he became abbot of Wat Ratanawan, where he is currently residing.
Limited to 20 seats only. Deadline by 15 Sep 2011 with deposit or once we reach 20 seats. Confirmation is base on first come first serve with payment. Please note flight ticket will be cheaper when you book early.

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