The Kathina festival at Amaravati will be held this year on Sunday, November 10, and we warmly invite you to join us in celebrating this event.
It will again be a Royal Kathina, with the Royal Kathina Robe being graciously offered by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand, through a representative.
This year, Luang Por Pasanno (Phra Rajabodhividesa พระราชโพธิวิเทศ), the former abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery in California, will be in attendance and the presiding Elder for the ceremonies.
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 the time of 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
13:00 Kathina Ceremony (taking the Precepts, Paritta Chanting, offering of Royal Kathina Robe and Cloth)
15.00 After a break, during which the sangha will offer calendars for 2020, Dhamma Desanas will be offered by our distinguished monastic visitors
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.
Please note that all vehicles are to be parked in the main field. 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. If you are coming by coach please contact the main event organiser so we can ensure there is enough parking for everyone.
This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Chomphunuch Highland, Sushil Dokwal, Jeranun Jancey and their families and friends.Kathina Requisites List
For information about volunteering to help with the many things that will be needed to be done before the day and on the day itself, please contact Nick Kelvin [email protected] Mob: 07539 433542.