The Kathina festival at Amaravati will be held on Sunday, November 18.
We warmly invite you to join us in celebrating this event. 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.
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. Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht, known to many as Luang Por Khemadhammo, Abbot of the Forest Hermitage, Warwickshire, has been extended a welcome again this year.
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 2019, 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
|Kathina 2018 Invitation in English Kathina 2018 Invitation in Thai|
|Kathina Requisites List|
This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Mr. Boonsong & Mrs. Pornpan Sriwitanont, Mrs. Yuphin Deejariya, family and friends.
We hope you are able to join us in this joyful day for us all.
Note: if you are coming by coach please contact the main event organiser so we can ensure there is enough parking for everyone. Sumith Mestridge [email protected] / 07392519446