Paving the path to nirvana at Mahaviharaya on the IL Fullmoon Poya Day

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The IL Fullmoon Poya Day Dana Seela Bhavana Religious Programme of the historical Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya was held successfully on 14th November 2016. Held under the shade of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, this was participated by over ten thousand devotees.

The religious programme commenced at 6.00 am placing the devotees on the eight precepts. And the morning Buddha Pooja was offered at 6.30 am conducted by Ven. Kanubichchiye Rathanajothi Thero. The interval for the Heel Dana was given to the devotees at 7.00 am.

The first Dhamma Talk of the day at 8.00 am was delivered by Ven. Maningamuwe Dhammajothi (MA) Nayaka Thero. Symbolizing the ending of the 'Cheewara' month of the annual Kathina religious programme series, this Dhamma talk was on the topik of "Kathinaya saha Kathinanisansaya". Devotees had the opportunity to clarify their problems about the Kathina at the end of the Dhamma talk. At 9.15 am, the Layman's Discourse was delivered by the Divisional Secretary of the Madhyama Nuwaragama Palatha Mr. G.A. Kithsiri (BA). The topic was "Pudgala Wagakeem, Aithiwasikam saha Bauddha Samajaya". The Morning Budda Pooja was held at 10.10 am and the devotees were given the interval for the Noon Dana at 11.00 am.

The Jathaka Story Dhamma Talk was held as usual at 12.00 noon. Rajakeeya Panditha Ven. Ankumbure Rewatha Thero delivered the Dhamma talk. The Second Dhamma Talk of the day was delivered by Panditha Ven. Damgaswewe Vajiragnana Thero at 1.00 pm. It was based upon the "Aththanan Che Piyan Jacncna" Gatha in the Aththa Wagga of the Dhammapada. At the end of the Dhamma talk, devotees raised their questions in Dhamma related to it. The devotees had their break for the afternoon Gilanpasa at 2.15 pm.

Damsabha Mandapaya commenced at 2.45 pm. The topic of discussion was "Kusalaya Niwan Maga Heli Karanne Keseda?".  The scholars Ven. Kirama Wimalathissa Thero, Ven. Indarathana Thero and Mr. Waduge Karunatane participated in this Dhamma discussion. The Meditation Programme was held as usual at 4.00 pm by Panditha Ven. Ipalawa Pemananda Thero. The final programme of the day, the Bodhi Pooja was conducted at 5.00 pm by Ven. Kehelwala Rewatha (BA) Thero. After the discontinuation of precepts at 5.55 pm, the Poya day religious programme of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya was concluded at 6.00 pm.

Held under the advice and guidance of Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero, the IL Fullmoon Poya Day religious programme of the Mahaviharaya was coordinated by Ven. Kirinde Gnanadarshana Thero of the Bomaluwa Temple.