Kiri Amma Dana - Sri Lanka

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SarathW
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Kiri Amma Dana - Sri Lanka

Post by SarathW » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:55 am

Kiri Amma Dana - Sri Lanka

Just for your interest I like to share the following video.
Some Sri Lankans prefer to give food to animals and old women instead of monks.
Generally they give this to dogs and crows.
Kiri Amma means the step mother or the mother who give milk in absence of the birth mother.
So they select some women who had children for this event.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattini

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Re: Kiri Amma Dana - Sri Lanka

Post by dylanj » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:48 am

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower. Which five? He/she does not have conviction [in the Buddha's Awakening]; is unvirtuous; is eager for protective charms & ceremonies; trusts protective charms & ceremonies, not kamma; and searches for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings there first. Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower.

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower. Which five? He/she has conviction; is virtuous; is not eager for protective charms & ceremonies; trusts kamma, not protective charms & ceremonies; does not search for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings here first. Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower."
caṇḍāla sutta
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Kiri Amma Dana - Sri Lanka

Post by robertk » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:19 am

That is lovely..kind of..?
or strange ritual, not sure which.

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Re: Kiri Amma Dana - Sri Lanka

Post by SarathW » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:32 am

In my opinion, it is a lovely kind of a ritual.
My mother was a Kiria Amma and I wish she knew of Buddha Dhamma instead.
I think this is some sort of Hindu practice crept into Sri Lankan society.
It is a great event as it offers some food to elderly women but they were carried out at the expense of Buddha's teaching.
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