Update (August 28, 2005)

Dear Sayas and Colleagues,

    Devotees and well-wishers participated in the first ever
"Neikban-zei" festival held at Dhammanda Vihara monastery in Half Moon
Bay. Over 40 food items were offered at a modest price (mostly $1 or
$2). They include in random order the following; Yay mote, chicken
satay, ngpi gyaw, pein oo gyaw, bu thee gyawaw, ba ya gyaw, mohinga,
yahine mote ti, dan bauk, mandalay pe gyaw, to hu gyaw, to hu thoke,
mote let kauk kyaw, hsi hta min, pe byoke, aloo puri, ka la pe thoke,
sa moo sa, hta ma ne, shout thee thoke, kyar san hin ga, nan gyi thoke,
khauk swe thoke, hsa nwin ma kin, ohn noe yauk kyor, mo hnin chin, shwe
yin aye, la phet thoke, wet thar dote htoh, pa zun gwet kyaw, ng pyaw
thee pudding, kauk hnyin ne tha yet thee, htaw but hta min and kyet
thar hin, thauk ye thant, ah cho sone, ...

    Other items at the neikban-zei included four 16" x 20" photos and
seven 12" x 15" photos of 50+ sayadaws, who attended U Silananda's
Memorial Service. They were taken by Patrick, professional
designer/photographer and donated by his extended family including Ko
Maurice Chee [his brother-in-law]. Numerous "gandawin" VCDs were
offered at discounted prices.

    "Metta po nee myo sone" audio CDs were offered as dhamma dana.

     USBMA (US Burmese/Myanmar Medical Association) donated $500 to
TBSA in memory of Dr. Daw Myat Cho [who served as treasurer for many