Sanghamitta Day honours the Arahant Ven. Sanghamitta for her travels to Sri Lanka to spread the Dhamma there and set-up the Bhikkhuni Order in Sri Lanka. She came to Sri Lanka with a sapling of the Bodhi Tree, the same tree that the Buddha attained enlightenment under. The Arahat Theri, Sanghamitta dedicated her life for the welfare and happiness of the people, especially the women in Sri Lanka.
In the spirit of recognizing the great contributions of female disciples to Buddhism, Sanghamitta Day should be considered one of the major religious event to be observed and therefore, we are glad that it could be done combining with the proposed Atavisi Buddha Puja on December 06th, 2014. The Puja will commence at 6:30 p.m.
Sanghamitta Day is especially relevant, not only to honour female practitioners, but because it represents one of the first major moments of Buddhist missionary work outside of India, an appropriate holiday for Buddhists in non-Buddhist lands.
This is also an opportunity for 28 families to sponsor a Buddha Statue for a special course. We will take this opportunity to invoke blessings of the Noble Triple Gems on everyone in our community and to transfer merits to our departed loved ones as well.
As done in the past, a beautifully prepared tray of flowers will be offered to each Buddha in the name of the sponsored family and the purpose of offer will be displayed along with the Buddha statue. A donation of $50/- or more is expected from each of these 28 families.
Any family who wishes to sponsor a Buddha statue, please contact Palitha Perera, committee member of the Religious and Meditation sub-committee @ 778-575-5717 or send an e-mail to email@example.com as soon as possible. 28 families will be selected on first come first served basis.