The Kathina Ceremony 2010
The History of Kathina Day
At the end of Buddhist lent, the joyful moment comes to hearts of all Buddhists. It is the time of the very special Robe Offering ceremony, called the Kathina. The Kathina ceremony is celebrated every year and takes place in all qualified Buddhist Temples across the entire country.
The term “Kathina” comes from the actual embroidery frame which monks use to sew their robes; it also refers to the equipment Monks use to prepare a new robe after the old ones have been used for one year. In the Lord Buddha’s Iifetime, the Buddha taught the first monks and nuns to make their robes of “pure” cloth, which meant cloth that no one wanted. Types of cloth included cloth that had been chewed by rats or oxen, scorched by fire, soiled by childbirth or menstrual blood, or used as a shroud to wrap the dead before cremation. Monks would scavenge cloth from rubbish heaps and cremation grounds.
Many Buddhist laypeople saw the great difficulty in this practice and purposed to offer monks a new robes set. Thus, the Lord Buddha allowed monks to take a new robe from laypeople at the Kathina ceremony.
The Kathina ceremony was conducted by offering Kathina robes among the monks assembled in the respective temples. The Abbot or the senior monk of that temple will provide these robes to monks who have fulfilled the qualifications to receive the robes during the special Kathina ceremony. The qualifications require those who complete a full vassa (three month long rain retreat) in that temple, and that the respective temple must have at least five monks staying during that vassa period. The Kathina is only held one month after the end of Buddhist lent; and can not be conducted at any other time.
Nowadays, the ancient Kathina ceremony is not just an occasion for Laypeople to offer robes to Buddhist Monks, but they will also offer monetary donations to support the temple’s many humanitarian and spiritual activities. During this year of 2010, Dhammakaya Temple will take this opportunity at its annual Kathina Robes Offering Ceremony to raise funds for the construction of ‘The Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong Centennial Building.’
Passing on the Buddha’s Know-HowThis great modern structure will house one of the world’s largest Pali and Dhamma schools which is essential to all Buddhist Monk’s and Novice’s education since all the Lord Buddha’s original teachings are recorded in the ancient Pali language. It is also designed to be the Coordinating Center for the Dhammakaya Temple’s overseas dissemination work that has brought the Lord Buddha’s time-tested knowledge of inner peace and happiness to all humankind.
The Building is dedicated to Unity and Harmony
The 15-story structure will be a place where people of all races and nationalities can work together for a true, sustainable and lasting world peace; similar to a United Nations of Buddhism. This great undertaking will promoting and propagating the Buddhist tenets and principals to create a real and genuine peace instead of political ideologies. It will become a world renown center where Buddhist academics and Meditation practitioners from all over the world can meet, discuss and exchange ideas as well as cooperate on educational and global peace programs.
With well over 2,000 monks and Lay staff members working every single day towards the goal of creating lasting world peace through inner peace, the Globe-shaped architecture will serve as a declaration of universal love for all humankind.
The building is named after the late Meditation Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong, the Founder of Dhammakaya temple.
World Peace Needs Your Helping Hand
Let’s Make It Happen.
The benefits from sponsoring the construction of this great one-of-a-kind architectural Peace Center will attract virtuous people from around the world, provide countless opportunities, and host many auspicious events as well as bless to Donor’s life-not just in this present lifetime but in many future lifetimes yet to come. Every donor will share in the Merit of all the Professors and students who will both teach and apply the timeless wisdom of the Lord Buddha helping to cultivate the happiness of the masses; thereby, forming the finest of Karmic ties with virtuous people worldwide. As time goes by, this Merit will multiply by having its Virtuous Leaders passing the Torch of Hope to future generations to ensure the continuation of a never-ending global scale peace initiative.
Schedule of Events:
Morning Session:08:30 A.M. Morning Chanting09:00 A.M. Paying homage to the Triple Gem/ Meditation practice, lead byLuang Phor Dhammajayo09:30 A.M. Paying Homage to the Triple Gem/ Meditation Practice10:45 A.M. Meal Offering to the Sangha11:15 A.M. Lunch Break
12:15 P.M. An interview with special guests
01:15 P.M. Arrival of Luang Phor Dhammajayo At the ceremony
01:20 P.M. Delivery Ceremony of the Kathina Robes
02: 00 P.M. Luang Phor Dhammajayo, the monks’ Chief, leads the meditationpractice
03:30 P.M. Donation Session, Luang Phor Dhammajayo Gives a teaching.
05:15 P.M. The laypersons chant praising verses in unity as worship toDhammakaya Cetiya and Venerable Meditation Masters
05:45 P.M. The End of the Ceremony. Laypersons return home safely
06:00 P.M. Luang Phor Dhammajayo and the monastic order attend theRepresentation of Kathina robe Ceremony at the main chapel.
Donation can be made at the Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand or its overseas meditation centers worldwide. A special ceremony will be held on the temple’s annual Kathina-robes offering day, Which this year falls upon Sunday November 7th, 2010 at Dhammakaya Temple, Pathum Thani, Thailand.
For more information, please contact a Dhammakaya Meditation Center nearest you. For contact details, please visit www.dhammakaya.net or contact Ven. Ronnapob at (6687) 502–6262 or Ven. Pasura at (6683) 922–1199 or (662) 831–2540 up to 3