Kyichu Lhakhang receives Kathina robes
Thailand's representative offered Kathina robes to Kyichu Lhakhang in a Royal Kathina ceremony on 26 October in Paro.
The representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand, Virasakdi Futrakul offered Kathina robes to the Chief Monk in Kyichu Lhakhang. The representative offered donation and other household items to the monastery.
Besides, royal donation to the temple from the ministry, Thai and Bhutanese people were also presented.
Dasho Penjore, Officiating Chief Advisor, highlighted that the ceremony serves to remind of the compassion of monarchs, shared Buddhist heritage and the everlasting bond between the King and the people of two countries. He said, “The people of our two Kingdoms are indeed blessed with the wisdom and the leadership of benevolent monarchs, who are not only the protector of our Buddhist religion, but continue to provide inspiration and guidance to our nation.”
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.
The event was attended by delegates from Thailand led by H. E Virasakdi Futrakul, Deputy Foreign Minister of Thailand, officials from Thailand, Paro Dzongkhag and other dignitaries.
The ceremony concluded with the lighting of butter lamps at the assembly hall ( Kuenra) to pay homage to His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
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 Bud- dhist culture.
This is the fourth 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. In 2016, the monks of Pangrizampa College of Astrology received financial and other household items to the monks, including water boilers, flash lights, alarm clocks and utensils in the third ceremony.
Diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand began in 1987.
Besides Bhutan, the Royal Kathina Ceremony is also held in countries 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.
The Kathina ceremony was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affair ( MoFA) of Thailand in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs.
A 17 member delegation from Thailand led by Virasakdi Futrakul, Representative of His Majesty The King of Thailand observed the Royal Kathina ceremony at Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro last Friday.