• Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Snapchat Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • whatsapp-square-social-media-512
 

The Buddhist Lent

KATHINA

Kathina 2020

1st November 2020

9am - 6pm*

What is Kathina?

Kathina

Held in October or November of the Western calendar, Kathina is organized by lay people in order to present monks with new robes. One robe is ceremonially presented as the Kathina robe to the head of the monastery, to be given to the monk who is, at least in theory, to be the most virtuous. He will be chosen by the abbot.

Vassa

Vassa, also called Rains Retreat, is the three-month annual retreat observed by monastic practitioners. Taking place during the rainy season, for the duration of Vassa, Bhikkhus remain inside monasteries and temple grounds.In some monasteries, monks dedicate the Vassa to intensive meditation. Some Buddhist lay people choose to observe Vassa by adopting some practices such as going vegetarian.

 

Origins of Kathina Practice

The scriptures relate that 30 monks were traveling together with the intention of spending the retreat season with the Buddha. However, when the full moon of July (the start of the retreat) arrived, they had not reached their destination n according to custom they were required to stay where they were. So, it is told, the monks were disappointed n spent the 3-month retreat away from their teacher.

 

At the end of the retreat, the monks finished their journey to see the Buddha. Coming to hear of their disappointment, he was moved to give them a teaching that would uplift and inspire them. He suggested that they should make a new robe together n the monks set about sewing a robe. In those days, d method used involved spreading d pieces of cloth on a frame and stitching them together. This frame was called a Kathina. 

 

The robe is made, according to ceremonial prescription, by sewing patches together in such a way as is said to imitate the patchwork of the paddy fields familiar to the early monks on their travels. The community first presents the cloth for the robe, which is marked, cut n sewn by the monks on the same day, before being given back to the laity for presentation. Another meaning given to the word “Kathina” is “difficult”, which suggests the arduousness of the vocation of a disciple of the Buddha, and the tenacity required to follow the dharma. 

 

The robe-giving ceremony is also a reminder of the interdependence of the monastic order and the laity; the monks offer a spiritual example and teaching to the lay followers and, in return, the lay people satisfy the monks’ basic needs. This interdependence was stressed by the Buddha, n has certainly been a vital factor in the survival and continuation of Buddhism as a living tradition. Its importance is highlighted by the fact that this ceremony is the only one involving the laity that gains its authority from the earliest Buddhist scriptures.

*Important Note

Our Kathina Ceremony will be held on the 1st November 2020. In line with the SOPs set by the National Security Council, we can only hold 15 people per session (25 pax maximum including Devotees, Committee and Sangha).

There are three sessions (for now) available to choose from in the Google Form - 1pm, 3pm and 6pm. However, should demand increase, we shall open up more slots.

Each session will include offering of monks' requisites and monks' robes to the Maha Sangha and Blessings from the Maha Sangha.

Last updated 27th September 2020

 
 

Monk's Robes and Requisites

Sponsor / donate:

Contact us via SMS, WhatsApp or WhatsApp call.

© 2008 - 2020 Ti-Ratana Lumbini Garden Puchong.

(a member of Ti-Ratana Buddhist Society Kuala Lumpur & Selangor)

(PPM-024-14-27062018)

Designed by Rain Lee.

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Snapchat Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • whatsapp-square-social-media-512