October 9, 2018 – KKU Arts, Cultures and Community Relations, Cultural Center with Student Organization, Buddhism and Cultural Club, Moral and Meditation Club, and Art and Cultural Network held the 34th “Tak Bat Nung Sin Wan Seen Wan Phra” activities as commemorating dedication of merits to King Rama IX on the occasion of King Rama IX’s passing away date on October 13. The event was held at Buddhasin Building, Cultural Center of KKU and along the natural banyan tree park path (the Merit Bridge), next to Si Than Lake. Over 300 people joined including administrators, staff, students and people in general.
Mr. Bancha Phraphon, Director of KKU Cultural Center said, “This is the 34th “Tak Bat Nung Sin Wan Seen Wan Phra” that we have organized continuously as an event of art, culture and religion to promote Buddhism among KKU people and others living around the campus. Buddhists in KKU are able to make merit by offering foods to monks every month on a Buddhist Holy Day. The occasion also promotes women to wear wrap-around skirt or sarong, which demonstrates the local identity. The occasion a regular practice of Khon Kaen University that has continuously been organized with success. The event is known by all and regular folks come every month to offer foods to monks. More importantly, this place, Buddha Sathan is just a suitable place to hold the activities, with its connection path or “Sapan Boon” to the Banyan Tree Park. This time we want to dedicate the merit to King Rama IX on the occasion of His Majesty’s passing away date on October 13.”
The ceremony began at 7:30 a.m. with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kriengkrai Kitjaroen, Vice President for Arts, Cultures, and Community Relations presiding over the occasion, by lighting the candles and joss sticks to pay homage to The Triple Gems and King Rama IX’s image. Then 5 monks began praying and received the offered foods from those who joined along “Sapan Boon” until 8:30 a.m.
For Buddhists, offering foods to monks is the most common practice among other merit makings. It is believed that monks receiving of the offered foods helps transferring merit to those in the under-world. Another purpose of food offerings is merit accumulation for happiness in the future. It is done early in the morning to lighten up the day and strengthen both the mind and the body. It also preserves Buddhism tradition since monks are those performing studies and practices of dhamma and teaching people the sense of dhamma by being a good model (Ref: https://palungjit.org)
News/ Photos: Udomchai Supannawong