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Kathina and End-of-Retreat Celebration
April 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
Hosted by Sravasti Abbey
Sunday, April 9
9 am – 4 pm
The Abbey community invites you to celebrate the end of our winter retreat and join us for the Kathina Celebration—a day of reunion and sharing the Dharma.
The Kathina (pronounced ka-tee-na) is widely celebrated in the Buddhist countries of Southeast Asia.
It’s a time when monastics and lay practitioners reunite after the monastics’ long varsa or “rains (or snows) retreat” to enact the ancient kathina ritual.
We’ll also thank our wonderful volunteers and share a vegetarian potluck lunch. In the afternoon, there will be a chance for offering service—outside, weather permitting, and/or rolling mantra for the Buddha Hall statues.
Join us for our our first public event of 2023.
Registration is required. See below.
What is it?
Dating to the Buddha’s time, it’s traditionally an occasion when lay friends make offerings of the four requisites—food, clothing, shelter, and medicine—to replenish the monks’ and nuns’ supplies after the three-month monastic retreat. The monastics accept these offerings, and ceremonially offer a “robe of merit” to a worthy monastic
The ceremony includes a procession, chanting, and a short Dharma talk. Together we’ll rejoice in the interdependent relationship of sangha and the lay community.
See the kathina wish list if you’d like to make an offering.
All Abbey Dharma programs are offered freely, and your offering is welcomed. Make an offering here.
Materials for the Event
The prayers for the event are available here as a PDF.
We will recite the following Suttas:
To attend in person, please follow these Covid requirements:
- Registration is requred,
- Take a Covid rapid test on the morning of kathina (April 9) and send a photo of the negative result to the Care Team. Masking is not required, but please feel free to wear one if you wish.
- If you have been exposed to Covid or have symptoms of any illness, please delay your visit.
- Go here to read Covid symptoms and learn more about our policy.
|Sunday April 9|
|9 am||Arrive and greet|
Thank volunteers & dedicate merit
|12:00||Vegetarian potluck lunch & clean up|
forest work, rolling mantra, gardening — weather permitting.
We’ll stop about 4:00