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RARE OPPORTUNITY:Devotees can pay homage, witness the offering of robes and raise funds for a landmark project

DEVOTEES will have the opportunity to pay homage to the relics of Luangta Maha Boowa tomorrow at Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields here.

The event is organised by Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre to help raise funds for the Buddhavasa or cloister in the Wat Dhammadharo temple in Canberra, Australia.

Event adviser Datin Catherine Lai explained that the late revered monk Luangta Maha Boowa was remembered for his role in salvaging Thailand's economy after the economic meltdown in 1997.

"We are honoured to be given this opportunity to support the construction for Buddhism teaching purposes in other countries. After its scheduled completion by end of next year, the building will become one of the landmarks in Australia's capital city," she said, adding that the project would need about A$12 million (about RM39 million).

Also present was Buddhist chief high priest of Malaysia, Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana, who said the event was also held in conjunction with the Pa-Pah offering ceremony .

"Members of the public should come for this special event here, especially the  offering of robes," he said. Offering of robes is a symbolic ritual by laymen to give alms to monks.

There will also be veneration, procession and chanting by Sangha members during the half-day event.

Sri Dhammaratana added that devotees who wished to donate food on that day should come as early as 7am.

For more information, call Datin Catherine Lai at 012-231 8910.

Datin Catherine Lai (left) and Datuk K Sri Dhammaratana (second from right) showing pictures of the Wat Dhammadharo that is being built in Canberra, Australia. Pictured with them are Buddhist Maha Vihara members. Pic by Sugumaran Suppiah


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