We are very happy to announce that the Kathina celebrations will again take place at Tilorien Monastery this year
Program (all times in CET)
11.00 Dana (Lunch) and chanting (until appr. 11:15)
13.00 Kathina-robe procession (weather permitting)
13.30 Offering of a Kathina-robe followed by Anumodana chanting
14.00 Taking of 5 or 8 precepts
14.30 Tea break
15.00 Dhamma Talk and guided meditation by Ven. Vimala
(times are approximate and can vary)
18.00-19.00 Chanting and guided meditation as every Saturday
Due to Covid restrictions we can only allow a very limited amount of visitors so you will only be able to follow along on the iSangha Zoom channel. If you already have the link to the iSangha channel, there is nothing you need to do. If not, please complete the form below to get an automated email with the link.
A Kathina ceremony is a very special occasion for coming together as a Buddhist community to share in the Dhamma and recollect the Triple Gem. It is centred around celebrating of the mutually supportive relationship between monastics and lay people, and cultivating joy through generosity.
The word ‘kathina’ traditionally refers to a type of wooden frame used to make robes in the time of the Buddha (which is still used in some monasteries). The month after Vassa (the monastic rainy-season residence) is referred to as the Kathina season, as during this period the monastic code makes special allowances for receiving robe cloth and preparing robes.
In accordance with the monastic code, a full Kathina ceremony requires five or more fully ordained monastics need to be present in the monastery during the Vassa. However, our smaller Kathina season alms offering day, is a wonderful way for our young community to mark the end of Vassa and give a similar opportunity for lay people to express their gratitude for the spiritual support the Sangha offers, by providing requisites and other support for and the monastery.