There will be a ceremony to
formally invite the sangha to observe the Vassa period and also to
offer the requisites to the sangha for the period of this Vassa.
(The 'vassana' (rainy) season is when monks are expected to remain in
their temples during the three month 'vas' period.)
This is known as Vassa Aradhana. This ceremony will take place on July
28th at the monastery. Nalaka, Risini and family and
friends would like to invite you to join with them in the activities
planned for this day of Vassa Aradhana.
Program for Vassa Aradhana on 28
July 2013 at the Tisarana Buddhist Monastery.
9:30 -10:00 am arrival
and preparation of Dana
10:30 am rice
pindapada (alms round)
offering of dana
1:00 pm precept ceremony, extending of formal invitation to
the Sangha to observe the Vassa period and to take part in the
Kathina ceremony at the end of this period, offering of requisites
to the Sangha and the Monastery, followed by
dhamma reflection on the meaning
and significance of the day.
First Kathina Festival
Civitan Hall in Perth - Nov 3, 2013
The Kathina is a tradition that has
been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month
following Vassa (the three-month rains retreat corresponding to the
rainy season in India). At that time, lay followers make a special
offering of Kathina cloth as well as additional requisites to the
Sangha. Kathina is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration.
It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of
generosity of offering the Kathina robe material.
This will be the first year that a
Kathina will be held for the Sangha at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery.
This year's Kathina Robe is to be offered by Risini and Nalaka
Gunawardhane family and friends. We would like to invite everyone to
participate in this happy and auspicious occasion. The festival will
be held on Nov. 3 at the Civitan Hall in Perth.
Monastery is located at 1356, Powers Road in rural Perth in rustic
and tranquil surroundings. The monastery land is large and forested.
An old residence presently serves as a library, Dana hall (to serve
meals), a kitchen and also as a residence for the lay followers. A
newly added small meditation hall provides a place of assembly for
meditation, dhamma talks and similar practices. Resident monastics,
who follow the Thai Forest Tradition, have Kuttis (small isolated
living quarters) and their interactions with the lay community are
essentially limited. More information on the Tisarana Monastery is
available at www. tisarana.ca.