A Kathina Festival will be held at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery on Sunday, 26th November. The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years by Theravada Buddhist monastics all around the globe. It takes place during the month following the end of the vassa, the annual three months’ rains-retreat. At the time of Kathina, lay followers make a special offering of robe-cloth to the Sangha (the “Kathina cloth”), alongside other requisites if they wish.
Kathina is a jovial, warm-hearted time for celebration. It is an occasion to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the robe-cloth and other requisites. This year 34 monastics have determined the vassa at Amaravati together with Luang Por Sumedho, who we hope will be able to attend at least parts of the day’s proceedings.
As in previous years, this will be a Royal Kathina, with the Royal Kathina Robe being graciously offered by His Majesty, King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, through a representative.
The lay committee behind the organisation of Kathina is looking for volunteers to help out during the day. If you are interested, please contact Sharron Chan by email at [email protected]
More information about the day’s schedule will be detailed on this page, at amaravati.org/kathina2023, in due course.