While I waited for him, I decided to work on one of my quilts in progress. The Mountain Climbing quilt, to be exact. I had been sewing the little grey rectangles to represent the steps climbed, but, it wasn't turning out the way I had intended it to and so, today, I unpicked all the ones I had sewn. I've decided that I will not have the grey rectangles, after all. Then, I worked on the backing. I want to incorporate some leftover patchwork pieces to the backing. So, I spent a little time piecing those squares and cutting out a few additional squares. I am going to use a purple bed sheet that I had been given, for the backing. I put it on the bed to get measurements and Dancer tested it and approved (he plopped himself down on it and napped!) LOL!
Speaking of naps, I took one, in the afternoon. Seems like waking up earlier in the morning results in naps in the afternoon!
After I woke up and had a cup of tea, I went to the temple. The temple is observing the end of the rainy season retreat. It is called Kathina ceremony and is one of the more important ceremonies at the temple. I wrote about it, here, a couple of years ago. It is a two day event, with blessings being chanted one evening and an almsgiving and the offering of a special robe the next day. Today, I attended the chanting of the blessings, known as "pirith". The events started around 5:00 p.m. and will go on until at least midnight.
A structure known as a "mandapaya", or pavilion, is built inside the shrine room of the temple. It provides an enclosure for the monks to sit in while they chant. Sometimes, it is decorated with panels of intricately cut tissue paper. This year, the structure featured strings of flowers and vines. Overhead, there are threads interwoven with leaves
|Pun Kalas or Brass Water Pots with Coconut Inflorescence|
The monks sit around a central table on which are placed a reliquary and the ola leaf scrolls on which the Buddhist scriptures are written. These are the discourses through which the Buddha taught the principles of what is now known as Buddhism. Throughout the night, the monks will take turns, two monks at a time, to chant the discourses or Sutra (Sanskrit) or Sutta (Pali). At the end of each recitation, the monks bless the participants: "By the truth of these words, may you be well, may you succeed, may you be happy".
Once the chanting got underway, the lights were switched on:
|With the Lights On|
At 8:30 p.m., while the chanting was still going on, dinner was served to all the participants under a tent that was erected out in the garden. A buffet was set up with a type of rice noodles known as indiappan or string hoppers, potato curry, two types of curry made with textured vegetable protein, spicy onions or seeni sambol, a type of snack known as cutlets, which are a mixture of potato and fish, formed into balls, battered and crumbed and deep fried, and crusty bread. I brought my plate of food home to eat, as I didn't want to stay out too late. There were fresh fruits for dessert, but I didn't take any.
After I came home, I video chatted with my daughter.
Tomorrow's ceremonies will start with a parade around the block at 10:00 a.m., followed by an almsgiving (and lunch for the devotees) and the offering of the special robe known as the "Kathina robe" to the assembly of monks. The kathina robe was being sewn at the temple, today, where a sewing machine was set up in the corner of the other, larger, assembly hall where the almsgiving will be held, tomorrow. The Buddhist monks' robes are sewn in a specific patchwork pattern, said to resemble the way rice paddy fields are laid out.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A working garage door (even if A didn't come to fix the other doors)
- Time to sew on my quilt
- Afternoon naps
- Being able to participate in the Kathina ceremony at the temple
- A wonderful dinner
Today's joyful activities included sewing, napping, and going to the temple.
Saturday's To Do List:
- Have handyman A tend to the sliding glass door - He didn't show up, today!
- Discuss other projects I want him to do for me - Nope!
- Attend the evening chanting ceremony at the temple, if possible - DONE
Sunday's To Do List:
- Attend the almsgiving at the temple
- More sewing
How was your Saturday? What are your plans for Sunday?