Abhayagiri Kathina: October 23, 2016
October 8, 2016
year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains
Retreat, the lay community around every Buddhist monastery has gathered
to celebrate the completion of the retreat and to offer to the monastic
community gifts of cloth and supplies that will be useful for the coming
year. The cloth is then cut, sewn and dyed by the monks to make a robe
on that day to offer to one of the Saṅgha. This 2,500-year-old
tradition is still carried on here in the West in the Theravadan
monasteries. It is initiated by a lay supporter or a group of supporters
who request to organize the preparation and formal offerings. It is
both a significant and joyful occasion that, over time, has become
emblematic of the richness of the r...
Moving the New Buddha Image
September 26, 2016
On September 14, 2016, the resident Abhayagiri Community, guests, and neighbors joined together to move the 3,000 pound sandstone Buddha image into the new Reception Hall. Click here
to view a video of this inspiring joint effort.
We've also posted a photo gallery of the event
Update October 3, 2016
During the recent construction of the Dhamma Hall, a photographer named Bob Dass
stopped by take some panoramic photographs of the new Dhamma hall and the new Buddha image.