Sunday, November 8, 2015
at Dhammadharini Vihara
in Santa Rosa
Kathina is one of the most important events in the Buddhist calendar — a time of charity, a time for good works, a time to offer and receive blessings. Since the time of the Buddha, communities around every Buddhist monastery have gathered for Kathina, to offer gifts of robe-cloth and useful supplies for the coming year.
Following the ancient form, our donors will offer plain cloth to the Bhikkhuni Sangha, who elect one knowledgeable Bhikkhuni to receive the Kathina cloth. They measure, cut, sew and dye the Kathina robe — all in a single day. There is a festive procession and a ceremony called Spreading the Kathina, which refers to the dedication of the completed "Robe of Merit" by the monastic who has received it.
This year the Kathina cloth will be offered by Saheli Anuththara, together with her parents Varuni and Danushka. Throughout the Vassa, this family has regularly visited Dhammadharini, looking after the bhikkhunis at both vihara and hermitage, offering food, medicines, and other needed supplies. The generosity of Saheli's family has inspired all of us.
Our Kathina Day will be an especially joyful event! Dhammadharini is well on the way to realizing our dream of purchasing the property for a permanent bhikkhuni monastery that will be accessible to all. So far, the friends of Dhammadharini have given around 40 percent of expected price of such a new monastery property. The Dhammadharini support foundation's Finance Committee has been tireless in seeking mortgage financing for the remainder.
Come for any part of the day at Dhammadharini Vihara
5010 Grange Rd | Santa Rosa CA
6 am | Offering the Kathina Cloth
10 am | Buddha Puja Chanting
11 am | Meal Dana
2-4 pm | Dhamma Talks
3 pm | Perahera (festive procession)
4 pm | Kathina Ceremony
RSVP to (707) 583-9522 / email@example.com
To donate for Dhammadharini's
To offer material goods,
here is a list of useful things,
ranging from simple and basic
to more elaborate items:
Kathina Useful Things List
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