On Sunday 5 February, we were extremely pleased to have Sayadaw U Pannathami lead a consecration ceremony for the beautiful new carved stone Buddha that now sits on the lower side of the property between the meditation hall and car park.
It was a crisp and clear morning when the two Burmese Sayadaws made their way down the path through the pines to the site. After an acknowledgement of country and brief introduction from Graham Wheeler, the Sayadaws performed the ceremony, chanting in the traditional Pali language of the Buddhist suttas. Blessings were then offered to everyone present with the chanting of the metta sutta.
This was followed by a short talk about the Centre’s history, the role of Sayadaw U Pandita and the importance of the Burmese community’s support when the Centre was being established.
The 70 or so people who attended were then invited to explore the Centre while lunch was offered to the Sayadaws. All visitors were then invited to a delicious lunch prepared by Margie, Robyn and a team of other volunteer cooks and helpers.
A splendid time was had by all!
To everyone involved – Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu.