Dhamma Talk 22 May 2013 & Pindacara and Sanghika dana on 23 May 2013

Namo Buddhaya Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma

There will be 6 forest monks from Thailand who will be visiting our centre from  22 - 23 May 2013.
(1) Luang Phor Sewang (LP Sewang) - 31 Vassa
(2) Phosawang Phra Seemart (Ajahn Simak) - 21 Vassa
(3) Phramaha Keyrati Srivuthana (Ajahn Dun) - 14 Vassa
(4) Phra Suthanai Patthapeesin (Ajahn Eik) - 10 Vassa
(5) Ajahn Cagino - 9 vassa
(6) Sae Ho Phra Totsaporn (Ajahn Dam) - 8 vassa

During their visit we there will be
Dhamma Talk
Date : 22 May 2013
Time : 8.00pm

Pindacara  (alms round) and Sanghika Dana

Date :23 May 2013

Time : 8.00 am

Pindacara starts from centre, pass old town market to Public Bank Old town and walk back to centre.

 Remarks - Vegetarian 

According to Thai forest tradition, lay people do not touch the food once it is offered. The monks will help them self serving the food. (Once the food is touched, it has to be re-offered)


IMPORTANT REMINDERS- Practice your Mindfulness

The Monks observe a total of 227 rules. It is therefore of paramount importance that we as, the Lay Devotees, ensure that  we conduct ourselves properly so that the Monks do not breach any rules. Here we wish highlight the few rules which we as Lay Devotees can take note and be mindful of:-
Respectful Dress Code -no exposed shoulders and legs       
For male devotees          :
Long pants and shirt or T-shirt with shoulders covered.
For female devotees      :            
Long pants or long skirt and shirt  or T-shirt with shoulders covered.
NO shorts, NO tank tops. NO transparent shirt or T-shirt.Three-quarter pant is not encouraged.

Handling of Money
The Monks cannot handle money. If you wish to make any donation, please place your cash money in a red packet available in our shrine hall. Write down your name and Ajahn’s name. Just place the red packet in front of Ajahn on the seated platform or table. The kapiya (assistant to member of sanghas) will then collect it on your behalf.

-All devotees are advised to use the right passage (corridor) after you enter the main gate to go to the kitchen if you bring food for dana and if they are in packets, you may use the food container available at the centre. Those food already in the container, you may place them on the table available, ensure the food has a spoon to enable the monks to pick up the food.
- The left passage (corridor) is STRICTLY for Sanghas (monks).
- Use the right corridor if you need to go to the Gents or Ladies.
- Use the front glass door to enter the shrine hall
- Bring along extra containers or tiffin, we are most happy to share blessed food after everyone has taken their meal.
- Washing area is provided at the back of the centre (wet kitchen), kindly wash your own or cutleries, utensils, food containers after meal . It is meritorious to give your service/help in such a place so offer to help wipe the utensils, wash and clean up.We have limited washing basin,your kind patience is highly appreciated.

It is meritorious to give your service/help in such a place so offer to help wipe the utensils, wash and clean up.

 Below are the visiting monks programme while in Malaysia


With Metta
Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre
21, Jalan Penchala
46000 Petaling Jaya
Tel : +603-7784 9002
Fax : +603 -7784 8002
E-Mail : trccpenchala@gmail.com
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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 trccpenchala@gmail.com 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.