Pangrizampa monks receives Kathina robes
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.