On December 1st 2018, the monks and temple supporters travelled to Sale, Greater Manchester to meet with members of the Buddhist Society of Manchester
The Buddhist Society of Manchester was founded in 1951, making it the second oldest Buddhist organisation in the country. In 1954 its members supported Venerable Kappilavaddho to travel to Thailand to become the first westerner there to ordain as a Buddhist monk, under the tutelage of Luangpu of Wat Paknam. Dhammakaya and the Buddhist Society of Manchester thus share a common lineage
Everyone present had an opportunity to meet, followed by a meditation led by Phra Ak and the presentation of gifts
We are delighted to invite you to attend the Grand Annual Kathina Ceremony on Sunday, 28th October 2018, from 08.30 to 15.00 hrs
08.30am – Registration 09.00am – Meditation 10.30am – Alms Giving Ceremony 11.00am – Offering midday meal to the monks and lunch time for all participants (enjoy a large variety of Thai food and drinks provided by temple supporters) 01.30pm – Paying homage to the Buddha by walking around the temple 02.00pm – Kathina Ceremony 03.30pm – Finish
The Kaṭhina robe offering ceremony is most important annual festival in Theravada Buddhism. Participants enjoy the ceremony, performing many meritorious acts
People gather in the temple, undertake the five precepts, and listen to Dhamma talks. The first session is concluded before noon. Thereafter, the devotees serve a meal to the Monks and enjoy a large variety of Thai foods and desserts provided by temple supporters
The main theme of Kaṭhina begins at midday, around 13:00, where monks give Dhamma talks and talk about the significance of the Kaṭhina robe offering. A representative of the laypeople leads the ceremony and announces the offering. At the ending session, the festival is concluded by sharing the accumulated merits to relatives and sentient beings.