Pan­grizampa monks re­ceives Kathina robes

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Thai­land’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fered Kathina robes to the monks of Pan­grizampa monastery in a Royal Kathina cer­e­mony on 30 Oc­to­ber.

Mrs. Busaya Mathe­lin, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MoFA) of Thai­land, gifted fi­nan­cial and other house­hold items to the monks, in­clud­ing wa­ter boil­ers, flash lights, alarm clocks and uten­sils.

Kathina is a sig­nif­i­cant Bud­dhist tra­di­tion in Thai­land ob­served for a month be­gin­ning after the full moon of the eleventh month of the Lu­nar cal­en­dar which usu­ally oc­curs in Oc­to­ber.

The Kathina cer­e­mony is an age-old Thai tra­di­tion ob­served in tem­ples through­out Thai­land to pro­vide peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to gain merit through of­fer­ing of robes and other es­sen­tial items to monks who spend three mon­soon months in a monastery ob­serv­ing the sum­mer re­treat.

Her Majesty Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck and Her Royal High­ness Ashi Euphelma Cho­den Wangchuck graced the Royal Kathina Cer­e­mony.

The event was at­tended by del­e­gates from Thai­land led by H.E Mrs. Busaya Mathe­lin, H.E Miss Pa­nip­i­mon Suwan­naponse, and Am­bas­sador of Thai­land to Bhutan, Home Min­is­ter Dawa Gyalt­shen, and other dig­ni­taries.

The cer­e­mony con­cluded with the light­ing of but­ter lamps at the Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang to pay homage to His Majesty the King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej.

The Kathina cer­e­mony was or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fair (MoFA) of Thai­land in col­lab­o­ra­tion with MoFA and Min­istry of Home and Cul­ture Af­fairs, Bhutan.

His Majesty the King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej of Thai­land ini­ti­ated the of­fer­ing of the Royal Kathina Robe pro­ject to sup­port, pro­mote and fos­ter Thai­land’s for­eign re­la­tions with coun­tries char­ac­ter­ized by Bud­dhist cul­ture.

This is the third cer­e­mony held in Bhutan. The first royal Kathina cer­e­mony was held in 2011 at Dechen­pho­drang monastery where eight Bhutanese monks were hon­oured with the Royal Kathina robes sent by His Majesty the King of Thai­land.

Di­plo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and Thai­land be­gan in 1987.

Be­sides Bhutan, the Royal Kathina Cer­e­mony is also held in coun- tries in­clud­ing In­dia Nepal, In­done­sia, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

The Kathina cer­e­mony can bring every­one, the lay peo­ple and the monks, a huge amount of merit com­pared to other cer­e­monies not only the lim­i­ta­tion of time but also the cer­e­mony is done as a Sang­hadana.

Kathina is any piece of cloth of­fered to the monks to make new robes with the tool called by the same name. Ac­cord­ing to the Bud­dhist dis­ci­pline for monks, each piece of cloth is big enough in size to make only one of three kinds of robes.

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