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* Annual Katina ceremony at the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara
Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 2:56 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct. 28, New Jersey, USA: The Annual Katina ceremony of the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara will be held on Sat. Nov. 01 and Sun. Nov.02, 2008 at the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara, 4299 Route 27, Princeton, NJ 08540.

A very large gathering of devotees from the New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania areas are anticipated to attend the ceremony which commences on Nov. 1st. at 5.00 pm with a flower procession followed by the Buddha and Bodhi Puja. On Sun. 2nd at 10.30 am, the Buddha Puja will commence followed by the offering of Dana to the Maha Sangha and finally the offering of the Katina-Robe which will be done by Mr. & Mrs. R.P.Ariyawansa, Dillan & Nimali Ariyawansa, Sapumal & Krishanthi Mendis, Nishan & Mariana Ariyawansa and Adisha & Ruwani Jayaratne with the cooperation of all devotees of the Temple. The Maha Sangha will be represented by 25 Buddhist monks from all temples in the area including Washington DC.

The New Jersey Buddhist Vihara was established in the year 2002 and with the help and assistance of devotees the Vihara Committee in 2003 purchased an exquisite 10-acre block of land close to Princeton University. The Vihara has since its inception made a tremendous contribution towards the uplifting of the religious knowledge of the Buddhists as well as non-Buddhists who are interested in the study of the Dhamma. For the benefit of the vast number of devotees who have made generous contributions, the Temple is constructing a large Samadhi Statue similar to the one in Sri Lanka, which is nearing completion. Once completed it will be the tallest and the largest Buddha statue in the Western world.

The Committee of the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara cordially invites everyone to partake in this great meritorious deed and share the merits for your Eternal Bliss of Nibbana. For further information please contact The New Jersey Buddhist Vihara, Tel. 732 821 9346, www.njbv,org.

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