The Buddhist Society of South Australia will be holding the Kathina Festival at Dakkhina Dhammatthala on November 18th at 9.00 am.
What is Kathina?
The traditional three-month rains-retreat seclusion of Buddhist Saṅgha is followed by Kaṭhina robe and alms offering festival. The kathina tradition began when Visakha Migaramātā saw the monks in tattered and worn robes. She asked permission of the Buddha to offer new robes to the monks, and the Buddha granted her request.
Traditionally, cloth is offered. However, it was suggested that the community provide items that will truly support the monastic community as it begins to grow.
All are welcome to attend, regardless of tradition.
9.00 am Arrive and settle dana[food] and pirikara[gifts]
9.15 am assemble for the parade in the park
9.30 – 9.45 am parade
10 – 10.30 am chanting, precepts & refuges, puja
10.30 – 11.15 Dhamma talk
11.30 monastic Dana
12 community meal
12.30 pirikara gift giving
12.45 Anumodana [chanting of appreciation]
1 pm clean up
This year our festival is being sponsored by Gayathri (Gaya) Goonaratne (Official Invitation).
Dana will be shared, with everyone to bring a dish.
For more information please contact Gaya on 0469 868 568 or email her at email@example.com
A list of suggested Kathina gifts:
For Ayya and the Christies Beach Vihara
- Plastic storage boxes of various sizes.
- Cranberry capsules
- A large screen for hooking up to the computer for teaching children at the Vihara.
- Pavers for extending the paving in front of the shrine room.
For Ven Thong Phap
a little vacuum cleaner, to vacuum my caravan, car and meditation space [offered]
If you are happy to donate any of the items above as a Kathina gift, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Buddha said: “The donor,
before giving, is glad;
while giving, is inspired;
and after giving, is gratified.
These are the three factors of the donor…”