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Kathina 2012


Kathina at Aranya Bodhi
Saturday November 3

Please mark your calendar and come for Kathina observance, at our hermitage on the Sonoma Coast. 
Saturday, November 3rd at Aranya Bodhi:  Awakening Forest Hermitage
R.S.V.P. and obtain driving directions at

For those who would like to arrive on Friday or stay over until Sunday morning,
there will be space for visitors to camp out or to sleep in our Dhamma Sala (yurt)

Kathina is one of the most important events in the Buddhist Calendar —a time for monastics and lay Buddhists to gather together in mutual respect and harmony, a time for good works, a time to offer and receive blessings and forgiveness.

Kathina comes after the three-month Rains Retreat (Vassa), during which time the monastics put aside their normal duties and commit themselves more deeply to practice. The Kathina ceremony marks the time that the Sangha re-engages with the world, resuming their usual travel and teaching activities.

In the Buddha's time, the monastics' robes were muddy and worn by the end of the rainy season. Seeing this, lay supporters obtained the Buddha's permission to offer new robes and other requisites. He made Kathina one of the significant ceremonies in the Buddhist calendar. Nowadays, Kathina is the time to offer the requisites for our Bhikkhuni Sangha to live safe and sound during California's rainy winter ... everything from household necessities to the traditional requisites of food, clothing, medicine, and lodgings.

Our donors will offer the traditional plain white cotton to the Bhikkhuni Sangha. The Sangha will then elect one knowledgeable Bhikkhuni who has stayed at the Hermitage for the entire Vassa, to receive the Kathina cloth. The Bhikkhunis must measure, cut, sew and dye the Kathina robe — all in a single day! The day ends with a ceremony called 'Spreading the Kathina', which refers to dismantling the robe-sewing-frame. Now Vassa is complete and the Bhikkhunis will soon depart for their work in the world.

This year, we expect six Bhikkhunis and two Samaneris (novices) to be present.


The day begins with overnight guests offering Breakfast Dana at 7:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.             Overnight guests and early day visitors assemble at our stupa to carry the Kathina cloth in a festive procession to the Dhamma Sala (yurt).                                 Children, kazoos and drums are welcome.9:00 Formal offer of the Kathina Cloth.

9:30-10:30 a.m.    Arrival for day visitors

10:30-11:00 a.m.   Buddha Puja Chanting

11: 15 a.m.             Lunch Dana

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.      Dhamma Talks

4:00 p.m.               Tea and departure of day visitors

Whenever the robe is finished and dyed, before dawn on Sunday, the bhikkhunis will privately "Spread the Kathina."

For a list of requisites useful to our Hermitage, please visit:

Volunteers are needed to help with parking and logistics, R.S.V.P.