Two members of the Mandurah Buddhist community, know as the Dharmadatu Sangha, travel to Sri Lanka on Tuesday, June 3rd. This will be to finalize their five years of intensive training programme for ordination into the Dharmadatu Buddhist Order.
Derek Goforth (pictured right) and Arthur McColl will be joined on the ordination retreat by Sri Lankan Achalamayi who will also be ordained in the same ceremony on June 13th in Colombo. During the ceremony, which will be conducted by Bhante Tiratnadana, all three men will have their white novitiate Kesa replaced with a blue ordination one. They will also be presented with their ceremonial robes.
For Mr. McColl this is a return journey, having first made his formal and ceremonial commitment to the Buddhist path in the presence of the Venerable Kundawella Vangeesa Tero, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, 25 years ago