Kathina Ceremony


Kathina Ceremony

On November 4, 2018, Wat Nanthikaram, the International Buddhist Propagation Center of  Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Khon Kaen Campus  (IBPC.MCUKK) held the Kathina for the monks who spend  the Vassa in Wat Nanthikaram for three month. In this ceremony, Most Ven. Phra Sophonphatthanapundit, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Acting Abbot of Wat Nanthikaram Temple, the deputy monk governor of khan Kaen province,  the vice-rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Khon Kaen Campus and the president of IBPC.MCUKK joint as the president of the Kathina ceremony and he also give the sermon to Lay people. There are many people joint by offering food, donation offing new robe for the monks.

In this occasion, IBPC.MCUKK prepared the its reported activities for exhibition to the participants which made the more intersect, meritorious and happy.    

As we known, Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat for Theravada monks in CambodiaLaosMyanmarSri Lanka, India and Thailand. Kathina is celebrated during month after Vassa and begins after the full moon of the eleventh month in the Lunar calendar (normally October).  Lay people bring the new robes for monks and the other donation

Originally Kathina meant to wooden frame used to measure the length and width by which the robes of Buddhist monks are cut.  According to legend, thirty bhikkhus were journeying with the intention of spending Vassa with Buddha. However, the rains began before they reached their destination and they had to stop at Saketa. According to Buddha’s guidelines for Vassa, mendicant monks shouldn’t travel during the rainy season as they may unintentionally harm crops and/or insects during their journey.  As such, the monks had to stop.

The bhikkhus passed their time together without conflict and practicing Dhamma so afterwards, the Buddha rewarded the monks by demonstrating a way to practice sharing and generosity. A lay disciple had previously donated pieces of cloth to the Buddha, so the Buddha now gave the pieces to the group of monks and told them to make it into a robe and then offer it as a gift to one of them. A frame, called a Kathina, was used to hold the pieces while they were being made into one robe.


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