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Kathina & Volunteer Celebration
April 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Broadcast Live at 7 pm Pacific Time on YouTube Live
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 retreat.”
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 senior monastic.
The Abbey’s American version usually happens in person, but this year we’ll take it online. Join us for the brief ceremony that includes chanting, recognition, and a short Dharma talk. We’ll also honor our network of precious volunteers from around the world, and rejoice in the interdependent relationship of sangha and the lay community.
If you’d like to make a kathina offering, see our Kathina Wish List.
Kathina will be broadcast live on our YouTube Channel, beginning at 7 pm Pacific Time.