The Kathina festival at Amaravati will be held this year on Sunday 6 November 2022, and we warmly invite you to join us in person to celebrate this event. As we expect a large number of people in the Temple, the afternoon ceremony will also be live streamed in the sala, and a recording of it will be available afterwards on the Internet.
Like last year, this will be a Royal Kathina, with the Royal Kathina Robe being graciously offered by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua of Thailand. In addition, we are delighted to host Phra Bodhivides, also known as Luang Por Pasanno, as well as Ajahn Vajiro and the Cittaviveka community. We are also glad to welcome representatives of other embassies and communities.
This year’s event is kindly sponsored by the group “Light of Wisdom.”
Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month following the end of the Vassa, the three months’ Rains Retreat. At Kathina, lay followers make a special offering of a Kathina cloth and, in addition, other requisites to the Sangha.
Outline of the Day
- 09:45 Paritta Chanting in the Temple
- 10:30 Pindapata – offering of almsfood to the Sangha. Cooked rice to offer will be provided.
End of morning event
- 13:15 Start of the Kathina ceremony
- Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem and the Five Precepts, by the lay community
- Paritta chanting by the Sangha
- The offering of the Royal Kathina robe, cloth and other requisites to the Sangha
- Dhamma talk
Since this will be a large event with many people gathering, we would like to ensure that it is a safe environment for all those participating. If you are unwell, or if you have been in contact with one who is unwell, we kindly ask that you refrain from participating to this event.
Arrival: St. Margaret’s Lane is likely to be congested, so we encourage you to come early (i.e. before 09:15) for an easy and untroubled arrival, and to participate in the Paritta Chanting, beginning at 09:45.
Dana/Offering Drop-off & Parking: At the monastery gate there will be volunteers to welcome you to our celebration. As you enter the main gate and drive towards the car parking area in the field, you will find the drop-off area (next to the stupa) for dana offerings that you have brought. Please note that there are no facilities to cook or warm up the food or to wash the food containers that you bring. If you wish to find them easily afterwards, please clearly mark them with your own prior to arriving at Amaravati. And please take them home for washing. After dropping off your offerings, you will then be directed to the field for parking.
Please note that all vehicles are to be parked in the main field. All visitors will be ushered from their cars down the walkway between Ajahn Amaro’s kuti and the Retreat Centre to the main ceremonial area.
Special arrangements are being made for visitors with an official Disabled Parking badge. Please inform the volunteers at the at the main gate if you need special access.
As the sala is undergoing a major redevelopment project, expected to last until 2025, many of the monastery’s daily activities have been taking place in and around the Retreat Centre. Please see the new location of the kitchen on this map. The Back Gate is now permanently closed.
Offering Dana (Kathina List)
The Monastery is able to receive offerings on Kathina day. Our Kathina List will display items that the community would find helpful, and will allow you to book and purchase your offering. Please go through this booking process so as to help us avoid having several people offering the same items. This will also help us to identify donors and formally acknowledge your offerings later on. As you go through the booking process, further guidance will be given on the various ways you can make offerings.
Offerings made in person can be brought to the Temple on Kathina day. If you wish to bring them before that, they can be left in the blue Post container located just behind the library. Please write the reference code that you got from the booking system. If your offering is sent by post or courier, please follow the instructions you get when you make the booking.
If you would like to make a donation by cheque, please make it payable to: “The English Sangha Trust Ltd” and send it to:
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Herts, HP1 3BZ, UK
If you would like to make a donation by bank transfer, please send an email to [email protected]
For making donations online, using a credit/debit card or PayPal, please go to www.amaravati.org/support/donations
If you would like to consider making a regular donation, the Standing Order form can be downloaded at www.amaravati.org/standingorderform
If you are a UK taxpayer, you might also consider adding 25% to the value of your donation by completing a Gift Aid form
Information about income and spending in 2021-22, plans for 2022-23 and an updated Financial Statement from the EST, is available from the EST leaflet 2021-22
Donations this year will go towards the fund for Rebuilding the Sala, Workshop and service yard.
For information about volunteering to help with the many things that will need to be done before the day, and on the day itself, please contact Sharron Chan at [email protected]
We hope you are able to join us for this Kathina and that it will be a joyful day for us all.
With Metta, in the Dhamma,
Nachita Narasiriyada, on behalf of The Light of Wisdom
Sponsors of the Royal Kathina celebration, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, 2022.