Kyichu Lhakhang re­ceives Kathina robes

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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.

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