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Annual Kathina (Robe Offering) Ceremony – Oct 25 & 26, 2014

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It is an ancient tradition to hold a Kathina Ceremony by lay followers at every Theravada Temple to celebrate the end of the rainy retreat. The most significant part of the ceremony is the offering of a freshly tailored robe called Kathina Robe to the Maha Sangha by lay devotes. On this day, it is common for devotees to shower the Temple with large or small monetary and material gifts to sustain the temple through the year. The Buddhists especially devote this Kathina ceremony day to the practice of Dana, generosity.

This is a great opportunity for you to generate merit to improve the quality of your life in this life and your future lives. By participating you improve your affinity to meet a future Buddha.

Saturday evening, October 25th : The Atavisi Buddha Puja (making offering to past Twenty Eight Buddhas) is held for good health, prosperity and success of every one. If you wish to sponsor a Puja please contact the Temple as early as possible. Please be at the temple by 6:00PM.

Sunday, October 26th : This would be the best day to attend if you plan to participate only one day. Kathina Celebrations begin early in the morning when lay sponsors bring the materials to sew the Kathina Robe. The finished Kathina Robe is ready to offer by midday. This Robe and other articles brought by lay followers will be ceremonially offered to the Sangha immediately after lunch. About twenty monks and nuns will be present. The ceremony for the general public starts at 10:30 A.M. You are encouraged to bring a dish, if you wish, to offer to Sangha (the community of monks and nuns) and to share with other participants.

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The main sponsors of the Kathina Ceremony this year is the Senarath and Dhammika Ekanayake family. It is a regarded as a great privilege to sponsor a Kathina Ceremony and it is one of the most meritorious deeds that lay followers can perform. If you wish to sponsor Kathina in a future year, please contact the Temple to reserve your sponsorship.

We warmly invite you, your family and friends to participate on both days to benefit from the activities. May the Triple Gem shower blessings upon you and your family for good health and happiness.


Program

Saturday Evening, Oct. 25, 2014

06:00 P.M. Auspicious Atavisi Buddha Pooja (Offering to 28 Past Buddhas)
07:00 P.M. Special Blessing ceremony (Maha Pirita)
08:00 P.M. Refreshments for every one

Sunday Morning, Oct. 26, 2014

05:30 A.M. Sponsors bring the robe material to temple
07:00 A.M. Buddha Pooja and morning Dana/Meal to monks
07.15 A.M. Sewing of the Kathina Robe from the new material
10:15 A.M. Arrival of all members and other visitors
10:40 A.M. Buddha Pooja (Offering to Buddha)
11:30 A.M. Offering Dana for Monks
11:45 A.M. Lunch for all Participants
01.00 P.M. Kathina procession around the Bodhi Tree
01:15 P.M. Offering the Kathina Robe & Dhamma Desana
02:30 P.M. Conclusion and Refreshments