The Kathina Ceremony is a unique opportunity for us as laypeople to reflect deeply on the interdependent relationship between the monastic and lay communities and to follow that reflection into action. Just as the monastics dedicate themselves to sharing the teachings with us both in word and through their way of life, we lay practitioners have the opportunity to offer what it takes to help the Bhikkhuni Sangha thrive.

A Kathina Ceremony is a traditional Buddhist ceremony in which the lay and monastic communities gather so that the lay community can express their support and gratitude by making formal offerings of financial and material support to the monastics.

Are you interested in “offering the cloth” and starting the ball rolling for another Kathina gathering at Aloka Vihara in 2018? Please be in touch and let us know! We would be happy to work with you on planning the day.