By.Dr Iresh Jayaweera ,President CCA-Galle Branch

Cancer care association organized a pilgrimage to Anuradhapura on 29th June to 1st of July.Being an organization with a Buddhist Background CCA render its services to all patients immaterial of their religion or race.One of its main objectives is spiritual development of its membership.This pilgrimage was organized to improve Metta Karuna Muditha Upekka and  Shraddha of our membership.

Dr.Upul Ekanayake,Consultant Oncologist from Teaching Hospital Karapitiya and our leader Honorable Dr.Samadhi Rajapkasa organized this highly meritorious activity.

A group of 101 people from Galle joined members of Colombo and Anuradhapura making a total Crowd of 175.The journey started around 3 am on 29th June from Galle.After coming to Colombo the lucky crowd got the chance to worship the Sacred Relics-Keshadhathunwahanse at Dr.Samadhi’s Place.And Journey restarted around 6 am from Homagama.

Once the group reached Anuradhapura initial activity was to visit the Cancer Care Hospice at Kurundankulama.

CCA members visiting the Hospice

The Buddha statue was relocated on the newly built Mal asanaya in the New shrine room with the participation of the members with great honor

Worshiping Lankaramaya

Then Atamashtana Vandana Journey started at 3.oo pm from Lankaram Temple and proceded to places of the Abhayagiri Monastery.

Places including the Dane salawa(dining hall),Eth Pukana and the great Sandakadapahana  of the ancient Abhayagiri Monastery were showed to us.

After a good meditation session at Samadhi Buddha Statue group visited Jethawana pagoda .Aba(Gingerly Oil) lamps made out of King coconut were offered to Lord Buddha ending up with chanting of a Pirith Sutta.

The program for the day finished with visiting Thuparamaya(Sri lanka’s first Pagoda).After offering flowers group chanted Karaniya Metta sutta according to the guidance given.

After having dinner at around 10 pm after long happy day the group had a time to rest.

Next day Kiripindu (Milk Rice) was prepared by members in a special way during   chanting of Qualities of lord Buddha(Budu Guna).The prepared rice meal was arranged in to 9 pathra(containers) and covered with silver and gold sheets and offered to Jaya siri Maha Bodhi with great respect.A budu perehera was arranged for the offerings.

Milk Rice Puja to Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi

After Observing Sil at the Jayasiri Maha Bodhi the group had the Heel dane offered by members of Army.

Heel Dana

Next was a valuable sermon by Most Ven.Mankadawala Sudassana Thero on the Topic of sathara sathipattana and Meditation.

Sermon by Ven.Sudassana Thero

After lunch there was a Dhamma dicussion by Ven.Udugama Sarananda thero and evening members gathered to prpare the Owshada(Medicinal Herbs)Puja and Pahan Puja.

Preparation of Medcinal Gilanpasa
Kapruk Puja
Sacred Ruwanveliya pagoda after kapruk Puja
Dethis Maha Purushalakshana Puja
Puja Offerings….
Dehismaha Purushalaksha Vandana by Ven.Udugama Sarananda Thero

on the 3rd day group gathered near Mirisawetiya pagoda for an ‘Adhisthana puja’.

Offerings to Mirisaweitiya Pagoda

After worshiping Mirisawetiya Pagoda with wishes to Long last the Buddha Sasana the pilgrimage came to an end with  a brief punyanumodana by Honarable Dr.Samadhi Rajapaksa.Mr.Lokuge and Dr.Upul Ekanayake thanked dr.samadhi for organizing such a great meritous activity on behalf of the crowd.

Me siyalu pin oba samatath anumodhan wewa!!!Sadhu ! Sadhu!

We look forward to organize an even better program next year.Dethis Maha Purusha Lakshana Awshada Puja will be an annual event from this year on wards happening on 30th June every year.

Want to participate? Join CCA today!

Theruwan Sarani!

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