End of Retreat & Kathina Ceremony
March 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
Join us for an especially festive Dharma day as we combine our celebration to end the Vajrasattva Retreat with our sixth annual Kathina ceremony.
Reservations aren’t necessary but it’s helpful to let us know you’re coming so can set up enough chairs. Write the office or call 509-447-5549.
10:00 Kathina Ceremony and Celebration
The Kathina (pronounced ka-tee-na) is widely celebrated in the Buddhist countries of Southeast Asia.
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 includes a procession, gift exchange, Dharma talk, and a vegetarian potluck.
Read about the three monastic rites we do at the Abbey and how the kathina fits in with our practice of the Vinaya — the monastic ethical code.
See the Wish List for ideas if you’d like to make an offering.
12:00-ish Vegetarian potluck lunch
1:30-ish Lama Chopa Puja
A beautiful ceremony of offerings, chanting, and prayers to dedicate the merit of our retreat. All are welcomed. You may bring a tsog offering if you wish — a food item to offer Three Jewels that will be shared with all the guests. Individually wrapped candies, cookie, nuts, or small fruits are ideal.
The puja is followed by our chance to recognize volunteers who have supported our retreat.
|10:00||Arrive & introduction to Kathina|
|10:30||Procession with offerings to the Meditation Hall|
|10:45||Offering the “robe of merit” to the sangha|
|Dharma talk for guests
Celebration & rejoicing
|After lunch||Guru Puja to dedicate the merit of retreat
Offering gifts to our retreat volunteers