Kathina

Abhayagiri Kathina 2021

This year’s Kathina will be a multi-day event. People will be able to register to attend either Nov. 3, 4, 5 or 6. Registration will open about one month before the event and registration information will be available via the website.

Both Luang Por Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro are scheduled to be at Abhayagiri’s Kathina this year. Ajahn Amaro was co-abbot of Abhayagiri from 1996 to 2010 and is currently the abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England.

For more information about Kathina, please email :
kathina2021@abhayagiri.org

Background Information
Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, the lay community around Buddhist monasteries have gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat.

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 relationship that exists between the lay people and the monastics. This relationship is characterized by deep bonds of friendship and commitment to mutual support. All year round, the monastery functions solely on offerings from the lay community.