The 2018 Kathina ceremony took place at the Cittaviveka, Buddhist Monastery at Chithurst, West Sussex on Sunday 11th November. The wet weather which had threatened the morning’s events, rolled away as guests arrived.
Guests made their donations of rice and food, making their way into the Dhamma Hall for refuges and precepts.
This beautiful floral peacock took 2 days to assemble and was the center-piece of the tributes
Always popular with the gathering is the moment they get to give offerings of rice. This year over 40 monks and nuns passed along the rows of eager adults and children.
The rice Pindapat and meal offering.
After the rice offering, the monks and nuns selected food for their meal.
Tributes of money given during the day was announced during the afternoon as £10,000 for the benefit of the upkeep of the Monastery.
An opportunity for the young to learn to how pay their respects too.
The offering of the Kathina Cloth is preceded, by processing three times around the outside of the Dhamma Hall.
Small tokens of respect are given by the children to the Monks and Nuns in the Dhamma Hall during the presentation of the Kathina.
Monks and Nuns and guests assemble in the Dhamma Hall.
During the day many friends met to celebrate together.
Words and pictures : Tony Knight photography & Media.