Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Sangha Kathina
Time & Location
About the Event
We welcome all of our Dhamma friends to join our Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Sangha Kathina Sangha Gathering “Offering the Robe of Merit” online Saturday October 17th!
The Kathina comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat, and is a celebration of community & generosity. It is the traditional time of year for the lay community to express their support for the monastic Sangha by offering essential requisites (food, clothing, shelter, and medicines).
The central feature of Kathina is the offering of cloth to the Sangha, who awards it to one of their members--in some traditions, this cloth is then sewn into a robe before dawn of the next day.
It will be a full day of celebration, with activities including:
- Morning offering of cloth to the Bhikkhuni Sangha
- Afternoon Dhamma talk marathon, and sewing & Dyeing of the Kathina robe
- Evening Meditation, followed by “Spreading the Kathina,” celebrating and Blessing Chanting when the robe is complete
Time: (approximately) 9am to 8pm Pacific Daylight Time = California time (join for all or part).
Register to receive more details and participate in the event. The Zoom link and password will be sent by email, 24 hours before the event. Everyone is also welcome to watch the event on our UPDATED YouTube Livestream link.
Here is the planned detailed schedule for the day (note, there may be some variations as the event unfolds live):
9:15 Words of Welcome
9:20 Parade with Kathina Robe Cloth at Monastery
9:35 Refuges & Precepts for all those who are present
9:45 Kathina Civara Sangha Dana: Offering of undyed Kathina robe cloth to the Bhikkhuni Sangha
10:05 Intro to Kathina & robe sewing: Ayya Sobhana
10:15 Message from Dhammadharini Support Foundation
10:30 Dhammadharini co-founding bhikkhuni Ayya Sucinta Mahatheri: “Dhamma for Challenging Times” Dhamma Talk (joining us from Germany)
11:10 Autumn Meditation Interlude with Aranya Bodhi Hermitage residents at Dharma Creek
Afternoon & evening program:
1:00 Ayya Suvijjana Theri: Words of Welcome; Sila program: Refuges & Precepts for everyone gathered online
1:10 Ayya Suvijjana: Taking leave--personal time to speak with friends
1:25 Bhakti Gee Dhamma song offering from Kathina Donor Families & Friends
1:35 Sangha Dana program no. 1 - Live with Kathina Robe Donor Families & All Participants
1:45 Dhamma talk marathon #1: Ayya Suvijjana, "Reflecting on the Nature of Things and Letting Go," Kathina cam check on robe sewing
2:45 Dhamma Talk marathon #2: Ayya Anandabodhi, “Dhamma for Challenging Times”; Kathina cam
3:45 Dhamma Talk marathon #3: Ayya Ahimsa and Ayya Niyyanika on “Focus on Cultivation of the Mind”; Kathina cam check on robe sewing
4:45 Dhamma Talk marathon #4: Ayya SobhanaDhamma Discussion program on "Living a Life That Helps Us Enter Deep Meditation" - with all friends attending via Zoom; Kathina cam
5:45 "Open Zoom" conversation time for all joining
6:00 Message from Dhammadharini's Inspiring Generosity Committee
6:20 Sangha Dana program no. 2 - Live with all online participants who would like to join in making offerings (welcome to write your offering in the public chat or private chat to tech support)
6:30 until completion of robe sewing, dyeing and drying: Evening Meditation Marathon: Ayya Tathaloka Mahatheri (all welcome to join in meditation together)
Completion of Kathina robe, estimated 8pm Spreading the Kathina, Sangha Anumodana (Rejoicing) Blessing Chanting & Sharing Blessings
To make a Sangha Dana Offering and join in the joy of Kathina Giving during this auspicious season, please see our “Top Five” Kathina Giving List. For more, see our Kathina Wish List and other ways you can Support our Bhikkhunis.
KATHINA SANGHA DANA “Top Five” Kathina Giving List
Overall Whole Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Sangha Support
#1 - Basic Essentials: Lodgings, Medical, Food
- Monastic Medical Fund $5-10K
- Mortgage and Food +$500/month (one time offering or recurring donation pledge)
at Dhammadharini Monastery
#2 - Dana Sala pavilion $35K ($10K already offered)
#3 - New shed/workshop $6K
at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage
#4 - Tree-work fund $300 (protecting roadways/ cabins)
#5 - Heaters for 2 cabin kutis $500 each
Please register below
Are you interested in making a Kathina offering in-person, or virtually by Zoom? See here for more information on how you can do that!