Bhante Sujato is now living in Harris Park, a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. For those of you not in Sydney, Harris Park is located 23 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD in the local government area of the City of Parramatta and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.
Harris Park is also known as Little India these days but there is a good representation of Australian, Lebanese and Mediterranean communities in this colourful suburb. For more infor: Harris Park (Little India), a day in this Sydney suburb | Travel with Joanne
The tradition of Pindapata seems foreign to the locals. To create awareness and help the monks on pindapata, we like to distribute the following information to the residents.
Can someone please translate this to Hindi?? Here goes…
A marvellous Indian Tradition is back on your door step.
If you see two Australian Buddhist monks in yellow robes carrying a round bowl remember they are practicing an age old Indian custom today!
Keep it alive!! Offer some food if they come to your front door.
The word Pindapata is a combination of two words “Pinda” and “Pata”. “Pinda” means “a lump of food” and “Pata” means “bowl”. Therefore, “Pindapata” means literally “placing of food in a bowl”.
The Pindapata is not just begging. It’s a totally different and more a special meaningful custom. The custom helps to develop qualities like contentedness and humility.
They do not differentiate between the rich and poor, between the high and the low castes and goes to all the households when going on Pindapata.
Please take time to offer some food to the monks on PINDAPATA.