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Kathina Offering Ceremony
April 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
Join us for an especially festive sharing of the Dharma with our fifth annual 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.
|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||(optional) Forest walk or offering service|