Celebrating Pavarana at IBC on October 24, 2018
IBC celebrated one of the important Buddhist festivals Pavarana (full moon day of 11th lunar month) in the International Buddhist College with Buddhist traditional enthusiasm and zest. The festival is also known as Ashvini Purnima that signifies the completion of the three months long seclusion (vassa) of the Buddhist monastics inside their monasteries for self-cultivation and edification in order to get rid of defilements. According to the legend, Siddhartha Gautama clipped a few strands of hair from his head and said that if he were able to attain Enlightenment, the hair would not fall down but go up instead. And finally they did. To mark this event Buddhist people release sky lanterns in the evening which are made of different coloured papers.
On this auspicious day the Shakyamuni Buddha advised his disciples to preach the Dharma for the well-being and happiness of all living beings so the day follows one month yellow robes offering ceremony (Kathina) where Sangha members preach the Dharma.
IBC monks joined the local Sangha community of Sadao district to perform Vinaya activities in the afternoon. During that gathering, monks made atonement to each other for their mistakes or wrong doings that happened during three months Vassa (rains retreat).
In the evening, we all IBC members gathered in the chanting hall at 6:15 pm. We started the event with offering light to the Triple Gem and group chanting in Pāli. Then we had other five chanting sessions like Mahayana, Vajrayana, Sri Lankan, Myanmar and Laos tradition. Last but not the least, we had exclusive Buddhist Holy Gāthā recitation by three sisters, Ani Barua, Usha Chakma and Dalipru Marma in Bengali or Bangla. In the end, we together transferred merits to all sentient beings which is one of the main purposes of this holy day.
We enjoyed the best moment of collectiveness with the gathering of practitioners from three main Buddhist traditions like Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana.