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End of Retreat & Kathina Ceremony

March 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT

Shane with moose sign for kathina.

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 more about kathina here.

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.

Detailed Schedule

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

12:00-ish Vegetarian potluck
After lunch Guru Puja to dedicate the merit of retreat

Offering gifts to our retreat volunteers


March 24, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
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Sravasti Abbey Event Organizer
(509) 447 5549
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Sravasti Abbey
692 Country Lane
Newport, WA 99156 United States
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