The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month following Vassa (the three-month rains retreat corresponding to the rainy season in India). At that time, lay followers make a special offering of Kathina cloth as well as additional requisites to the Sangha. Kathina is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration. It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the Kathina robe material.
This will be the first year that a Kathina will be held for the Sangha at Tisarana Buddhist Monasteryi. This year’s Kathina Robe is to be offered by Risini and Nalaka Gunawardhane family and friends. We would like to invite everyone to participate in this happy and auspicious occasion. The Kathina festival will be held on Nov. 3 at the Civitan Hall in Perth.
There will also be a ceremony to formally invite the sangha to observe the Vassa period and also to offer the requisites to the sangha for the period of this Vassa. This ceremony is known as the Vassa Aradhana. This ceremony will take place on July 28th at the monastery. Nalaka, Risini and family and friends would like to invite you to join with them in the activities planned for this day of Vassa Aradhana.
Program for Vassa Aradhana on 28 July 2013 at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery
9:30 -10:00 am: arrival and preparation of Dana
10:30 am: rice pindapada (alms round)
11:00 am: offering of dana
1:00 pm: precept ceremony, extending of formal invitation to the Sangha to observe the Vassa period and to take part in the Kathina ceremony at the end of this period, offering of requisites to the Sangha and the Monastery, followed by dhamma reflection on the meaning and significance of the day.
We look forward to seeing you joining these joyful occasions and celebrating one of the most revered events in the Buddhist Calendar
Risini and Nalaka can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 613-825 6508