Arunachal: Chowna Mein extends best wishes on Satang Potwa


Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has extended his best wishes to Buddhist community on the auspicious occasion of Satang Potwa (Pavarana) which marked the end of three months rain retreat.


While delivering his sermon, Venerable Vimalatissa underlying the importance of celebration  said that Satang Potwa is a day of both historic significance and an opportunity to make merit, benefiting not only the members of the monastic sangha but also lay Buddhists, who are afforded the opportunity to welcome one another with metta—loving-kindness and compassion—thereby enhancing harmony within the community.

Participating in the auspicious occasion at Kongmukham (Golden Pagodo), Mein took part in enshrinement of Nimitta (boundary marks) stone at Sima Hall or Sammuk Kathing (Ordination Hall) in  presence of Abbot of Kongmukham, Venerable Vimalatissa.

The Abbot of Kongmukham described that Sima is an important edifice being situated within the consecrated area marked by boundary stones, used for activities relating to disciplinary affairs of the Sangha. It is a technical term, denoting the official boundary of the Ordination hall, a place where the Sangha performs recitation of patimokha or ordinations.

Mein hoped that with coming up of this important and special structure, it would add up to beauty and architectural splendours of Kongmukham  where large people at a time can participate in the ordination ceremony.

The day was also observed with Buddhist traditional enthusiasm and zest by Theravada Buddhists throughout the State by performing various meritorious acts. Devotees thronged their temple to undertake the Five or Eight Precepts which also included long period of chanting, paying homage to the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the sangha, accompanied by offerings of food, flowers, incense, lamps, and other items. The ceremony is then concluded by sharing the accumulated merit with relatives and all sentient beings.

The Kathina robe-offering ceremony will be followed soon after the conclusion of Satang Potwa for the monks or nuns who have observed three months rain retreat where lay Buddhist devotees would offer donations to the temples, and in particular new monastic robes, one of the four requisites of monastic life.



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