For eight days in early October, the lay community gathered at Abhayagiri both in person and virtually to celebrate the completion of the Rains retreat. This carried on the Kathina tradition that has taken place since the time of the Buddha. During this period there were offerings of cloth, food, and supplies that will be useful for the coming year. Some of the offered cloth was then cut, sewn and dyed by the monastic community that same day to make a robe to offer to a member of the monastic Sangha. This year, Ajahn Ñāṇiko, the abbot of Abhayagiri was chosen to receive the Kathina robe.
Kathina celebrations this year were spread out over eight days for health and safety reasons and to comply with current county guidelines. Abhayagiri would like to express appreciation for all the cooperation, helpfulness, support, and generosity that helped make this year’s eight days of Kathina a success.
Please see the below photo gallery for images of the Kathina robe sewing process.