Agenda for the day:
Dhammasara Nuns Monastery (Gidgegannup) -
Sunday 4th November:
10:00am: Paying Homage to the Triple Gem
Taking the Three Refuges and the Five Precepts
Dhamma Talk
Auspicious Chanting
Blessing Chant for the Food Offerings and
Other Requisites
Rice Pindipat
Shared Meal
12:15pm: Guided Bushwalk around the
monastery.

What is Kathina Ceremony?
After the Rains Retreat has ended around
October/November, lay Buddhists offer a special
“Kathina Cloth”, robes, requisites and donations to
the monks and the nuns. Kathina Day is usually a day
of great festivity and joy. Normally there would be
dancers from Thai, Cambodian, and Laotians
communities, together with music, Sri Lankan drums
and Chinese Lion dancing. It is celebrated both in the
Dhammasara Nuns Monastery in Gidgegannup and
the Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine on separate
weeks.
KATHINA CEREMONY
Monastery on Sunday 4th November 2007. All are
invited to this great event.

Address:
Dhamma Nuns' Monastery - Gidgegannup
287 Reen Road
GIDGEGANNUP WA 6083

Direction:
From Perth, take the Great Northern Hwy towards
Midland, and turn right into Toodyay road. Follow
Toodyay road until you get to Stoneville road on the
right. Please really slow down when you see
Stoneville, as Reen road is immediately after
Stoneville on the left. The turn is very sharp and can
be dangerous unless you slowed down. Follow Reen
road until you see the sign "TAGGARTS".  The
monastery is after the Taggarts on the left.
Kathina is a Pali word which refers to the wooden embroidery frame used in India in Buddha's time, to make robes for the monks.
The robes made from these wooden embroidery frames are called Kathina Robes.

The Kathina is held at the end of the 3-month Rains Retreat period and the Kathina robes are offered to the monks and nuns by
the lay persons. Therefore, Kathina is a Robe-offering ceremony. It marks the end of the 3-months Rains Retreat period. Kathina
falls between mid-October and mid-November, depending on the full moon. The Kathina Robes Offering Ceremony has continued
to the present time from the Buddha's days. Theravada Buddhists all over the world still maintain the ceremony in it's original form.
The Kathina robes are offered to the Sangha (Community of monks & nuns) in the same procedures as they were in the Buddha's
time. The pali chantings for the Kathina ceremony are also the same to what was chanted nearly 2600 years ago.

The Kathina ceremony is truely important to all the Sangha and the lay community. It is the mutual support between Monks and lay
persons - depending on each other for the practice and growth in the Dhamma.
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