The Kathina Ceremony 2023 of Leeds Buddhist Vihara was held on Saturday the 4th November amidst a large gathering of devotees from the North of England, under the guidance of the Head Monk of both Ketumati and Leeds Buddhist Vihara, the Most Ven. Pidiville Piyathissa Maha Thero. This Kathina was sponsored by Buddhist Families living in Yorkshire area. The ceremony was attended by 6 Buddhist monks from Ketumati Buddhist Vihara and Leicester Buddhist Vihara.
The ceremony started with a Kathina procession organized by the students, teachers and the parents of the Leeds Buddhist Vihara Dhamma School together with other devotees.
Buddha Puja was offered to commence the event inside a hall decorated for the purpose with Buddhist flags and other artefacts. Under the guidance of the Head Monk, Ven. Galpotayaye Pemananda Thero welcomed the devotees to the event. Ven. Devalegama Somananda Thero administrated five precepts (Pansil) at 9.15am. Offering of Buddha Puja was conducted by Ven. Ariyadhamma Thero and monks were served with Dana by the Dayaka members.
All devotees were given refreshments at this time.
The Kathina Cheevara was offered to Maha Sanga by several members of Dayaka’s which was accepted by Ven. Devalegama Somananda Thero.
The programme concluded around 2.00pm with lunch served to all devotees.