monks at the London Buddhist Vihara are now observing the Vassa
period (rain retreat). This is a tradition dating back to Buddha's
time, during the rainy period, the monks confined themselves to the
place of abobe. The lay people undertake to look after the requisites
of the monks during this period.
KATHINA signifies the traditional end of the Vassa (Rainy) Season pertaining to the Buddha's own home ground in Northern India. A Vihara may perform this ceremony only once in any particular year. Kathina is an auspicious event giving devotees the rare opportunity of offering a Kathina Robe to the Sangha who have observed the Rainy Retreat (Vassa) at this Vihara. The occasion also gives an opportunity for practising Dana (generosity) in providing useful requisites to the monks and to the Vihara in general. The ceremony commemorating this event will be celebrated at the Vihara on Sunday, 03 November, 2019.
effective: 25th May 2018
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