2021 e-Kathina Celebration
💝 You are cordially invited to join the 2021 e-Kathina Celebration with us 🌸
🌟 In line with Buddhist tradition, Dhamma Earth will organise an e-Kathina Eve celebration on Nov 6, 2021 (Sat) and e-Kathina celebration on Nov 7, 2021 (Sun). We sincerely invite you to join us in this celebration!
☸️ Theme: Collective Benefit, Collective Gain; Developing Resources. ✨
🕘 Program： Guided Meditation | Dhamma Talk | Buddha Pūjā | Chanting and Blessings | Offering of Kathina Robes
🌻 The Origin of Kathina Ceremony 🌈
🌧️ According to the third book of the Vinaya Pitaka (Vin III. 351ff), Mahavagga, once, 30 monks of Pava were on the way to see Buddha who was staying at Savatthi in Jetavana, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. They were all forest-dwellers, almsmen, wearers of rag-robes, wearers of the three robes. As Vassa was near, they stopped and entered Vassa at Saketa. After Vassa, the monks continued their journey to Jetavana, Savatthi, where Buddha was staying. Constant rain caused water to gather and mud everywhere, the monks were drenched and exhausted. As the monks arrived at their destination, they greeted Buddha, and sat down at the side.
💖 Now it is the custom for the Buddha to exchange friendly greetings with visiting monks. So, Buddha said to these monks: “How are you keeping, monks? Did you have enough to support life? Did you spend a comfortable Vassa in unity, being on friendly terms and harmonious? And you did not have difficulty with alms-food, did you?” “The Blessed One, things did go well with us. We had enough to support life. We spent the Vassa in unity, being on friendly terms and harmonious. And we did not have difficulty with alms-food,” answered the monks. They then related what had happened to them on their way to see the Buddha since the beginning of Vassa.
🙏 Then the Buddha, on this occasion, having given Dhamma talk, addressed the monks, saying: “Monks, I allow monks who have completed the Vassa to accept the Kathina robe. And thus, after the Vassa ended, laypeople may offer the Kathina robe to the Saṅgha, and the cloth will be ceremonially presented to the nominated monk in a formal Saṅgha act (Saṅgha-Kamma).
This year too, let us celebrate Kathina Day online, and cultivate wholesome merits on this auspicious day! 😍🤗😆
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