Saturday, November 23, 2013

'Sivura paevareema', Sri Jayabodhi Viharaya, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The procession conducting the monks to the site of the ceremony.

The 'confession'.

Getting onto the 'Seemaa maluwa' float.

The donation of the robe.

"Gaathaas' being recited.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

'Sivura paevareema, Sri Jaya Bidhi Vihare, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The road through a rubber estate leading to the site of the ceremony.
The stream dammed up to create a pool for the float. 

Devotees by the side of the pool on which flowers have been sprinkled.

The decorated float.

Decorations made of young coconut leaves and flowers on the float.
The retreat of Buddhist monks during the rainy season of the year is called 'Vas'. The book of 'Vinaya' - rules in the Buddhist canon has rules regarding the observance of 'Vas'. At the end of 'Vas' there is an act called 'Sivuru pavaereema'. This involves the giving of a fresh set of robes to the monk. The robe during the Saakyamuni's presence on earth was made by collecting the clothing covering corpses and from these a patch-work robe was stitched. This was then washed, dyed, allowed to dry and was given to the monk. The present day rituals in Sri Lanka involves laymen buying a white linen cloth, cutting it, making a robe by stitching, washing and dyeing it and then drying it. A special enclosure called a 'Seema maluwa' is made on land or water. The priests taking part in the ceremony have to confess of any transgressions made to another monk of 'Upasampadaa' rank. If there are no transgressions demanding dismissal - 'Paaraajika' - the monks are led to the enclosure. The monks then do the donation of the robe ceremonially, reciting the appropriate 'Gaathas'. No one else is allowed to enter this 'Seema maluwa' other than monks holding a rank post 'Upasampadaa'.
The above are some of the scenes of preparation for this event held for the Chief Monk, Rev Gonagala Somaloka, at the Jayabidhi Vihara, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.
These traditions have been observed in Sri Lanka for more than 2000 years.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The boulder with the Foot-print on top.

The ascent.

The Foot-print.

View from the top of the boulder
Photo of Isurumuniya taken in the 1950s by Mr.Jayaratne of Puwakpitiya, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sights of Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

A monkey and a decorative stone water pot.

Designs on a stone balustrade.

A 'Bo tree' in the premises as old as the rock temple.

'Mal aasana' - table to place flowers at the base of the old Bo tree.
Close to the huge 'Tissa wewa' this rock temple spanning two millenia preserves its serenity and beauty. Linger awhile hear and enjoy the sights and stillness.