Zoom Kathina Celebration, 2020 (in-person event cancelled)
The 2020 event was held online using Zoom. Videos are now available on the Bhavana Society's YouTube channel.
The in-person event was cancelled for health and safety concerns due to coronavirus pandemic.
Kathina is a celebration to end the rainy season in the traditional Buddhist calendar. It is the time that lay people offer cloth to the monastics who have spent the last three months living at the temple. At Bhavana the day starts with a chanting dedication to the Buddha at 9:30 a.m. After that the lay people offer food to the monastics around 11:00 a.m. As soon as everyone is finished eating the official offering of robe cloth begins. Then there is a Dhamma talk given to the public.
More about Kathina
Although we have a celebration on a single day, Kathina is a period of one month, following the end of the Vassa or rains retreat, during which the laity offer material requisites to the Sangha, usually in the form of special robes or cloth. Only those Monastics who have been in residence for the entire rains retreat are able to accept the robes offering, and it is the monastics who determine who the recipient will be. Originally Kathina marked the period in which the monastics were able to resume their wandering after the required three months residency during the rains retreat. The laity offered them new robes before they set out. The word “kathina” comes from the name of the sewing frame used to make the robe.