Large crowd at Berlin Katina Pooja

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By 2017-10-21

By Lalith Ganhewa in Berlin

The Katina Pooja, of the Sambodhi Temple in Berlin, was held in the presence of a large gathering at the SOS Kinderdorf Hall recently, under the guidance of the Venerable Rambukwelle Devanada Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Sambodhi Temple in Berlin, who is concurrently the Chief Incumbent of the Doranegoda Sumanthindarama Rajamaha Temple in Gampaha.

The meritorious task of preparation and presentation of the Katina robe and the organising of the associated functions was undertaken and led by Wherner Frischbier and Karuna Frischbier.

Speaking both in Sinhala and German, the Venerable Devananda Thera welcomed the gathering which comprised Buddhist clergy, Sri Lanka's Ambassador Karunasena Hettiarachchi and his staff, and representatives from the Sinhala, German, Thai, Vietnam, Italian, Croatian and Arab communities in Berlin. The ceremony commenced with the Chief Incumbent of the Berlin Temple, Venerable Dikwelle Silasumana Thera conducting religious services.

Ambassador Hettiarachhi, Dr. Rainer Novak, the President of the Berlin German Buddhist Society, Dr. Mariana Wachs, the President of the Co-ordinating organization BUBB (Berlin Brandenberg Buddhist organizations), led other German and Sri Lankan devotees in lighting the traditional oil lamp according to tradition.

The Katina sermon was delivered by Ven Dr. Walpola Sri Kalyanatissa Thera. Conducting the sermon in English, he said that today, we live in a materialistic society and very little time is devoted for spiritual wellbeing. He said rather than chasing material wealth, or trying to find out who is right or wrong, we should strive to lead by example of a righteous life. He said those who embraced patience and detachment would find the liberation they seek and by leading a contented life, would achieve peace of mind.

Hettiarachchi speaking on the occasion said that this was his first Katina ceremony he had attended as the Ambassador, and noted with appreciation the valuable service rendered by Ven. Dammananda Thera in spreading the message of the Buddha in Germany, and wished him more strength in his efforts.

Among the clergy who graced this occasion were, the Chief Sanganayaka for Germany and Advisor to the Geneva International Buddhist Foundation Dr Walpola Sri Kalyanatissa Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Berlin Buddhist Temple Ven. Dikwelle Silasumana Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Geneva International Buddhist Foundation Ven. Haalyale Wimalaratne Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Matale Maragasapitiya Sudattharama Temple Ven. Athipallawela Nandasara Thera, Chief Incumbent of the Bulathsinhala Mahagama Temple, Ven. Panditha Mahagama Suwinitha Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Dalewitz Dhammakaya Thai Buddhist Temple Ven. Prha Nareen Thera and Ven. Prha Maha Bounjon Thera.

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