Kariyawasam (1996; 50pp./149KB) This booklet provides a concise survey of the cermonies and rituals that make up the popular Buddhism of Sri Lanka, the ancient stronghold of Theravada Buddhism. Pandals well illuminated with multi-colored electric bulbs, depicting various scenes from the Master's life and from the Jataka stories, also constitute a type of light offering to the Buddha. It is this statement of the devadutaya which thus comes to be called the dorakada-asna, meaning "the message read at the threshold." Serving as it does the socio-religious needs of the masses, it becomes a big social event for the entire village. They walk to the pavilion on a carpet of white cloth (pavada) and take their seats around the table. It is for this reason that he has acquired territorial rights throughout the island. The origins of this type of bali ritual have to be traced to the Kotte Period of the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was introduced into the island from South India by some Hindu brahmans from that region. The ritual is repeated annually in an identical manner. The mid-day meal is offered to the Buddha when lay people bring food to the monastery to offer as alms to the bhikkhus. The mahapirita (explained earlier), with which the chanting begins, is chanted in a rhythmic manner by all the monks, numbering about ten or twelve, seated in order of seniority. They all are followers of the Buddha, who has transcended the round of rebirth (samsara), while they are still within samsara, hoping to achieve release from it by following the Buddha's Teaching. A number of such altars called pideni-tatu may be set up; these are for the departed kinsmen of the family (nati-peta) who are expected to stop harassing the living after receiving these offerings, which generally consist of rice, seven selected curries cooked together (hat-maluwa), burnt offerings (pulutu), colored flowers, betel leaves, five kinds of seeds, etc. Merit (Pali: punna: Sinh. 0000019770 00000 n First, under the guidance of a bhikkhu, they perform the offering to the Buddha, who is represented symbolically by relics and an image; thereafter the food is offered to the resident bhikkhus. xxviii,1). After their death, they have been raised to the level of gods and are worshipped and supplicated as capable of helping in times of need. The ceremony known as rata-yakuma is performed to make barren women conceive, or for the pre-natal care of pregnant women, and to ensure the safe delivery of children. The popular practice is to observe them on full-moon days, and, among a few devout lay Buddhists, on the other phases of the moon as well. Tovil or "devil-dancing" is another ritualistic healing ceremony that primarily belongs to folk religion. (Mhv.i,77ff.). Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. : 9789552401268: Books - Amazon.ca Next, the convert repeats in the following manner the Five Precepts which are meant to regulate his moral life: (2) Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. The officiating lay-priest (kapurala) proceeds on a caparisoned elephant to a selected place along a river bank. xiii,15,16,17). When food is offered to the Buddha in a religious place it is usually done in front of a Buddha-image. 0000009194 00000 n Once the chanting is concluded, convenient lengths of the thread, sanctified by the chanting, are snapped off and tied around the wrists or the arms of those assembled. This book provides a careful and thorough analysis of the rituals and social customs surrounding death in the Theravada tradition of Sri Lanka. There are colorful stories woven around these births. On the day of the new moon, at an auspicious hour (nakata), the "kaps" thus prepared are set up in the ground in a special place decorated with leaves, flowers, and fruits. The ordinary yakkhas that trouble human beings have to obey his commands. The ceremony is still as popular and meaningful as at the beginning. The main feature of all these festivals held during this period is the elaborate procession held on the lines of the Kandy Esala Perahera. The practice was prevalent in pre-Buddhist Sri Lanka as well. The veneration of the Bodhi-tree (pipal tree: ficus religiosa) has been a popular and a widespread ritual in Sri Lanka from the time a sapling of the original Bodhi-tree at Buddhagaya (under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment) was brought from India by the Theri Sanghamitta and planted at Anuradhapura during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa in the third century B.C. Similar Items. In any Buddhist temple there are many other places where lamps can be lit in that way. Funeral beliefs, customs and rituals significantly vary with ethnic, religious as well as geographical background and therefore cannot be generalized. Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society. The veneration of the Bodhi-tree (pipal tree: ficus religiosa) has been a popular and a widespread ritual in Sri Lanka from the time a sapling of the original Bodhi-tree at Buddhagaya (under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment) was brought from India by the Theri Sanghamitta and planted at Anuradhapura during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa in the third century B.C. The bhikkhu who performs the recital should not eat meat or preparations of flour. These are the Tathagata, a Paccekabuddha, a disciple of the Tathagata, and a universal monarch (raja cakkavattin). Respected as the palladium of Sinhala royalty, the Relic had been accommodated in different parts of the country, depending on the change of the capital city. Her cult goes back at least to the second century A.C. are some of the main spirits placated. 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The impersonation of the demon by the dancer is regarded as tantamount to the actual presence of the demon who becomes placated through offerings, recitations, chanting, miming, etc. A special ritual held annually at the shrine of the Anuradhapura tree is the hanging of gold ornaments on the tree. Its roof is covered with a white canopy from which are hung small cuttings of arecanut flowers, betel twigs, tender twigs of the iron-wood (na) tree, etc. The offering of lighted lamps had been a popular ritual even in ancient times. by A G S Kariyawasam Print book: English. The devil-dancers start their ceremony by first worshipping the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, as in the case of the bali ceremony. The ceremony is performed on an auspicious day at the monastery where the ordination is sought. The belief in the good and evil influence of the planets according to the time and place of one's birth is quite widespread in Sri Lanka. This mark, the symbol of sanctification, is known as the tilaka. | Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka by the author A. Next, the food is served and once the monks have finished eating (which should be before noon) the other requisites (parikkhara), referred to in the statement quoted, are also offered. Even the mere mention of the Buddha's virtues is enough to frighten them. Rita Langer: Buddhist Rituals of Death and Rebirth A Laywoman’s Burial and A Monk’s Cremation - Two stories in pictures from Sri Lanka Context and location. Once this is over, another monk administers what is called punnanumodana or "thanks-giving" wherein all those who were connected with the ceremony are requested to partake of the merits (punna) for their future good. The monks are then conducted to the cushioned seats arranged on the floor against the wall. Hence they are referred to as "living on what is given by others" (paradatta-upajivi). Among the laity of Burma and of Sri Lanka the book of parittas is more widely known than any other Pali book. 0000002078 00000 n If the spirit still refuses to leave, the patient should be taken to the monastery and the recital performed in the courtyard of the dagaba. xxxvii,189), Sena II and Kassapa V (ibid, li,80; 1ii,80) are three such Sinhala monarchs who had the ceremony performed under such circumstances. (paribhogika); and (iii) those memorials that have been erected on his account as a mark of remembrance (uddesika), e.g., images, paintings, etc. The day is designated Sanghamitta Day. %PDF-1.6 %���� Prime. The theme of this study, Buddhist ceremonies and rituals, may not appeal to the self-styled Buddhist purist who wishes to restrict the designation "Buddhism" exclusively to the teachings of the Buddhist scriptures, which he usually interprets in a narrowly intellectualist manner. Petas or departed spirits of the malevolent type, referred to as mala-yakku (mala = dead) or mala-peta, are also brought under the exorcist power of tovil. [12] In the 5th century a group of Sinhala nuns headed by the Bhikkhuni Devasara went to China to confer higher ordination there and the Bhikkhuni Sangha thus established survives there to this day. For the living, death is a powerful reminder of the Buddha's teaching on impermanence; it also provides an opportunity to assist the deceased person as he or she fares on to the new existence. On the next poya day, Nikini (August), those monks who failed to commence the normal Vassa on the day following Esala Poya, are allowed to enter the "late Vassa.". This figure has been copied from South Indian Hindu practices, for even in North India the devotees appeal directly to these higher powers without the help of such an intermediary. While some of these could be subdued by the chanting of pirit (described earlier), there are some for whom methods of a more drastic type have to be adopted. However, it is the former idea that is implied in the traditional stanza used by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka for this offering: "With this lamp lit with camphor that dispels all darkness, I worship the Perfectly Enlightened One who is a lamp unto the three worlds and is the dispeller of darkness. The devadutaya makes this statement standing and guarded by the swordsmen, at the entrance (dorakada) to the chanting pavilion within which the monks have taken their seats. The other noteworthy events connected with this day include the conception of the Bodhisatta in the womb of Queen Maya, his Great Renunciation, the performance of the Twin Miracle (yamaka-patihariya), and his preaching the Abhidhamma for the first time in the Tavatimsa heaven. Thus the postulant becomes a novice. The preparation for the bali ceremony takes a day or two. In the center of the table is the filtered water pot around which the three-stranded sacred thread is twisted. One is the usual practice of the transference of merit to all beings, including gods and spirits, by reciting the appropriate stanzas. The Sinhala Buddhists commemorate this poya day with peraheras, observance of the Eight Precepts, and meetings. The existence of the tree prior to its introduction by the Theri Sanghamitta cannot be proved or disproved. As it is an expensive item and therefore difficult to offer to all the monks, generally one ata-pirikara is offered to the chief monk and other items such as books, towels, pillow-cases, umbrellas, etc., are presented to the other monks. They derive their power and authority primarily through the superhuman power of the Buddha and also through the hosts of spirits, who are, as it were, commanded by invoking the power of the Buddha or of the Three Refuges — the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha — as a whole. fixed a banyan tree near the western gate of Anuradhapura as the abode of Vessavana, the god of wealth and the regent of the North as well as the king of the yakkhas. The Mahavamsa refers to similar ceremonies held by his successors as well. 0000021783 00000 n Pious devotees offer valuables, money, and various other articles during the performance of this ritual. Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. The same king set apart a palmyra palm as the abode of vyadha-deva, the god of the hunt (Mhv. Thus the votaries of a "pristine pure Buddhism" posited on the basis of the canonical texts should not ignore or devalue this aspect of Buddhism as an alien encroachment on the Buddha's original doctrine. Consequently, along with the flower-altar, the lamp-stand too has become a necessary adjunct of the dagabas. Before doing so he empties the water that he took in this same manner the previous year. While the coins are put into the charity box, all the other offerings would be arranged methodically on an altar near the tree and the appropriate stanzas that make the offering valid are recited. Next, this particular monk writes down the auspicious time for the messenger of the gods (deva-dutaya) to set out to the devalaya and reads it aloud, to be sanctioned by the assembled monks. On any day following the day of pavarana in the period terminating with the next full-moon day, the kathina ceremony is held. Public contributions are very often solicited to buy the robe if it is not a personal offering. BUDDHIST CEREMONIES AND RITUALS OF SRI LANKA By A.g.s. He is very often associated with another group of yakkhas called rata-yakku, whose leader is a female named Riddi-bisava. As in the case of the rituals mentioned earlier, here too the purpose is to impart merit to the deceased. As they are performed in public places to bless the community as a whole and turn out to be social get-togethers, they bear a corporate character. In the devala-worship the devotees make offerings to these deities and solicit their help for special purposes, especially in their day-to-day problems. Preview. (4) Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. Their chief is called Dala-raja who is represented as having three hooded cobras over his head, ear-ornaments, two protruding tusks, and a torch in each hand. 0000020356 00000 n This 68-page booklet provides a concise survey of the local ceremonies and rituals that have been integrated over time into the popular Buddhism of Sri Lanka. The historical beginning of this form of worship can be traced as far back as the time of the Buddha. Noté /5. The statement he recites, called yatikava in Sinhala, is a panegyric of the deity concerned and it constitutes a humble and respectful request to bring succour to the devotee in his particular predicament. In this latter case the host would go and invite the monk or monks formally. Buddhist ritual calendars vary widely, but all usually include celebrations of the Buddha's birthday and the New Year. Another is the general aspiration (patthana) that the participants make to the effect that by the merits earned from the ritual they may not be born into the company of foolish and unworthy friends but into the company of wise and virtuous men until they attain Nibbana. The mother accepts the child and gives a small fee to the kapuva for the service rendered. Free delivery on qualified orders. However, the ceremony may vary from the simple to the highly elaborate, depending on the occasion and the status of the sponsor. Two of the more ancient devalayas dedicated to this deity are found at Kandy and at Vagiriya. As they approach the particular household they are received by the host. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. The proceedings begin with the administration of the Five Precepts to the assembled crowd by one of the monks. In Buddhist thought and practice, death has always been a central concept. The traditional Sri Lankan Sinhala-Buddhist wedding ceremonies involve many customs and rituals that have been passed down from generation to generation. Yet another popular aspiration which has a greater social significance is the following: "May the rains come in time Of special significance is the lamp called the dolosmahe-pahana (twelve-month lamp), sometimes found in Buddhist temples and devalayas. Published: (1992) 202f; PvA.19ff). It is generally known as sanghika-dana, meaning "the alms given to the community of monks." Plastic clay and reeds will be needed in large quantities to cast the bali figures. Devala-worship of this type is a ritual that has gained popularity among the local Buddhists since the Polonnaruwa period (12th century). Further, the place where the Buddha attained Enlightenment is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage that should cause serene joy in the minds of the faithful (D.ii,140). One of the senior monks present would accept the invitation on behalf of the entire Sangha and, in order to make the invitation formally valid, he would get the lay devotee to repeat after him the following Pali stanza requesting the monks to begin the ceremony: "Please recite the noble pirit for the avoidance of all misfortune, for the attainment of all success, and for the destruction of all suffering.". It is the established tradition that in whatever circumstances alms are offered to the bhikkhus, the first portions are offered to the Buddha beforehand. 0000022462 00000 n Hence the most important religious observances are held on full-moon days and the lesser ones in conjunction with the other phases. Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens Goddess Pattini, referred to above (see p.59), is prominent as the most popular female Buddhist divinity; she has her devalayas scattered throughout the country. ; (8) to abstain from the use of high and luxurious beds and seats. In the most respectful form of worship, e.g., when worshipping a dagaba in which the relics — a bone, hair, bowl, etc., of the Buddha — are enshrined, one touches the ground with five parts of the body (Sinh. 0000024033 00000 n Special light offerings are also made on auspicious occasions. 0000020829 00000 n As it was under a Bodhi-tree that the Buddha attained Enlightenment, it is quite natural that lamps be lit under that tree, not only in memory of the great event, but also as a ritual whereby the devotee could expect to obtain a ray of that light of wisdom attained by the Great Sage. Buy Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka by A.G.S. Here the Buddha says that wise men, when residing in a particular area, first offer alms to religious recluses and then transfer the merits to the deities of the area, who help them in return. Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. This god is said to have arrived in the island to fulfill this mission. .... Petavatthu Atthakatha 0000018742 00000 n from "Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka" by A.G.S. It is of interest to note that this stanza incorporates the Buddhist idea of the impermanence (anicca) of all phenomena. Sometimes a similar request is made to the Dhamma and the Sangha as well. The theme of this study, Buddhist ceremonies and rituals, may not appeal to the self-styled Buddhist purist who wishes to restrict the designation "Buddhism" exclusively to the teachings of the Buddhist scriptures, which he usually interprets in a narrowly intellectualist manner. Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka: Kariyawasam, A.G.S. This post, resembling a mace in more ways than one, is attractively decorated and serves as a symbol of authority and protection for the officiating monks. This invitation is usually extended by the chief householder if it is in a private home. From the purely curative aspect, too, there is another attractive feature in tovil: when the spirit leaves the patient it does so leaving a sign of its departure, like breaking a branch of a tree, making a sound like a hoot, etc. The two rituals of pilgrimage and the observance of the Eight Precepts are combined here. If unavoidable circumstances necessitate traveling, they are allowed to leave their residences on the promise that they will return within a week (sattahakaraniya). One goes for refuge as a way of expressing one's determination to follow the Buddha's path to liberation, but one must also realize that the task of walking the path is one's own responsibility. Having arisen, they cease; their subsiding is bliss. The full or higher ordination (upasampada) is more formal and difficult. 0000023032 00000 n The first of these events was the arrival at Anuradhapura of a sapling of the sacred Bodhi-tree at Buddhagaya, brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta. Saman. He is regarded as the chief deity of the area surrounding the sacred mountain as well as of the hill-country in general. Another funeral rite is mataka-bana or "preaching for the benefit of the dead." BUDDHIST CEREMONIES AND RITUALS OF SRI LANKA By A.g.s. [29] The general purpose of such devol-madu is the attainment of immunity from disease and evil influences and the achievement of success, especially agricultural, for the entire village. And for this it is these demons that have to be propitiated. The power of virtue (sila) contained in the Mangala Sutta and the power of loving kindness (metta) contained in the Metta Sutta are two other aspects that make pirit effective. Read Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka book reviews & author details and more at Amazon.in. The stanza itself seems to testify to the popularity of the offering of camphor (ghanasara) in early times. xliv,48, xci, etc). These are meant for the Regents of the Four Quarters — Datarattha (east), Viruda (south), Virupakkha (west), and Vessavana (north) — who are requested to come to the ceremony with their assemblies. These demons are not inimical to humans but are regarded as removing various kinds of uncleanliness and evil influences. [27] A gam-maduwa has many interludes dramatized mainly from rich legendary lore about the goddess Pattini. Of the many items of offering that dana or the act of generosity could include, food is usually regarded as the most important and the formal meal offering accordingly is done with much ceremony and ritual. The variations in the kinds of food offered are in keeping with the meal habits of the Buddha and his monk-disciples, who refrain from taking solid food and milk-foods after mid-day. This custom can be traced to the Buddha's own time when King Bimbisara was harassed by a group of his departed kinsmen, reborn as petas, because the king had failed to give alms to the Buddha in their name. The incorporation of the item called dorakada-asna, as shall be seen, shows that it is a ritual that has gradually been elaborated in course of time. Social Customs and Traditions in Sri Lanka have been handed down from generation to generation spanning over the 2,500 year old history of the country. On the first day of the Vas they would go with drummers and dancers to the monastery where the invitees reside and conduct them thence in procession. Silence implies absence of guilt. The Khandha Paritta, Atanatiya Sutta, and the Metta Sutta are some parittas that have received the sanction of the Buddha himself. The most important item that comes within the uddesika kind of sacred object is the Buddha-image, which is found in every temple in its image-house (viharage). a complex round of ceremonies, rituals, and devotional practices that are hardly visible within the canonical texts themselves. A. It is the nine planets (navagraha) that are generally propitiated: the sun (ravi), moon (candra), Mars (kuja), Mercury (budha), Jupiter (guru), Venus (sukra), Saturn (sani), and Rahu and Ketu, the ascending and the descending nodes of the moon respectively. If one decides to observe the Eight Precepts, one would wake up early, bathe and clad oneself in clean white garments, and go to the nearest temple. This is to ward off what is called vas-dos in the terminology of the folk religion, the effects of evil-eye, evil mouth, evil thoughts, etc. 0000005124 00000 n They constitute the minimum requirement at any form of Buddhist worship. In its exorcist form it is meant to curb and drive away any one or several of the innumerable hosts of malevolent spirits, known as yakkhas, who are capable of bringing about pathological states of body and mind. 0000022841 00000 n Going for Refuge. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. At the same time, the tree became a symbol representing the Buddha as well. Even felling the tree is done with several attendant rituals at an auspicious time: the trunk is divided into four, one for each of the devalayas, where it is carried with drums and attendance. Both in importance and in temporal sequence, the next significant poya is the full-moon of Poson (June), which is specially noteworthy to the Sri Lankan Buddhists as the day on which Emperor Asoka's son, the arahant Mahinda, officially introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C. There are also certain forms of tovil performed as pregnancy rituals (e.g., rata-yakuma) and others as means of eradicating various forms of evil influences like the evil eye, evil mouth, etc. By this method a hitherto non-Buddhist lay person becomes a lay disciple (upasaka) of the Buddha. 0000022526 00000 n Buddhism lacks any ceremony or ritual of initiation or admission like the upanayana in Hinduism or baptism in Christianity. It is customary for prominent persons to invite monks to spend the Vas with them in dwellings specially prepared for the purpose. Before admission he is made to put away the yellow robes and wear the clothes of a householder and face an interview at which he would be thoroughly examined as to his fitness for admission. The most important item among these offerings is what is traditionally known as "the eight monastic requisites" (ata-pirikara): the alms-bowl, three robes, belt, razor, water-strainer, and sewing needle. 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