Vassa Aradhana

Tisarana Buddhist Monastery - July 28, 2013

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.

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.

Risini and Nalaka can be contacted by email: or by phone 613-825 6508


Tisarana Buddhist 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.