The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration, a time to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the cloth and other requisites.
As in previous years, it will be a Royal Kathina, with the Royal Kathina Robe being graciously offered by His Majesty, Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
Additionally, we anticipate being joined by sangha and Elders from other monasteries in the UK and further afield: Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht, known to many as Luang Por Khemadhammo, Abbot of the Forest Hermitage, Warwickshire; Phrakruu Suthamprachot (Luang Por Kamphong), the abbot of Wat Pah Pitaktham, Amphur Pimai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Ajahn Jayasaro, who is planning to arrive in the morning from the hermitage he usually resides in at the foot of Khao Yai National Park, also in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
The Aroga Kuti, whose construction has been supported by so many people is nearing completion. There will hopefully be the possibility for visitors to have a look at this new building between 8.30 – 9.45 am and 11.00 am – 1.00 pm.
An outline schedule for the day is:
09:45 Paritta Chanting in the temple
10:30 Rice Pindapata – offering of almsfood to the Sangha
13:00 Kathina Ceremony
15.00 Break and Dhamma Talk
Luang Por Khemadhammo (Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht, Luang Por Kamphong (Phrakruu Suthamprachot) & Ajahn Jayasaro have offered to give Dhamma reflections on this occasion.
The sponsor this year are the Kathina Volunteers, who have been helping to organise and manage the Kathina event this year and many previously. If you would like to know more or help out on the day, please click on the links below or contact Sharron Chan on 07789 710855 or email her at [email protected]Kathina Invitation Letter Kathina 2016 Invitation Letter in Thai Kathina 2016 Requisites list
We hope you are able to join us in this joyful day for us all.