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Kathina Celebration – In Person & Online
April 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
Join us in person or online for the annual
9 am for in-person attendees
Streamed at 9:30 am Pacific Time on our YouTube Channel
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.”
This year, the Ong family of Malaysia has offered the Robe of Merit on behalf of the people of Ukraine.
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.
Join us for the ceremony that includes a procession, chanting, and a short Dharma talk. We’ll share a vegetarian potluck lunch and rejoice in the interdependent relationship of sangha and the lay community.
Fully vaccinated and boosted guests may attend in person. Registration is required.
In person attendance & schedule
Guests must be fully vaccinated and boosted. A PCR test is not required.
|Sunday, April 10|
|9 am||Arrive & orientation|
|9:30||Procession to offer requisites to the sangha|
|Streaming begins on YouTube|
|10:00||Dharma talk, Kathina ceremony, offering the robe|
|Guided meditation, followed by dedication of merit|
|1:30||Optional offering service: mantra rolling, gardening, etc.|