Kathina-Almsgiving for 2021

  • Friday, October 29th: Pre-Kathina-Almsgiving open afternoon
  • Saturday, October 30th: Online Kathina-Almsgiving

See information shared by the Friends of Aloka Vihara below on how to participate, donate and celebrate.

Kathina-Almsgiving 2021 flyer with photos

Participate (before hand)

Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery welcome you to a pre-Kathina-Almsgiving open afternoon for tea and conversation with the Bhikkhunis and residents on October 29th, 2021, from 2pm – 6pm.

This will be an opportunity for Aloka Vihara’s community of ardent lay supporters to visit with the Bhikkhunis and, if you wish, help the donors prepare for a festive Kathina-Almsgiving event, bring dishes to be offered for the next day’s meal dana or make any other Kathina-Almsgiving offerings.

If you plan to bring a dish, please let us know on or before Thursday, October 28th, by emailing guestnun@gmail.com.


If you would like to make a monetary donation for this year’s Kathina-Almsgiving Ceremony, you can do so here via Paypal.


Additionally, if you are interested in letting others know about the event, here is a link to a flyer to share.


We invite you to join this auspicious occasion of the Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery Kathina-Almsgiving.  There are a couple of ways to attend virtually:


All times below are in Pacific Daylight Savings Time.

If you plan to join via Zoom, we will open the “room” at 12:30pm for informal greetings and conversation.

The donors of the Kathina-Almsgiving will be present on site to make the offerings.

12:30 Informal greetings and conversation
1:00 Chanting, puja, and taking three refuges and five precepts
Procession with Kathina-Almsgiving cloth and Buddha relics
Formal offering of Kathina-Almsgiving cloth and other requisites
Chanting Arahant Bhikkhuni chant
Bhikkhunis choose recipient of Kathina-Almsgiving robe and go to begin cutting and marking the cloth
2:00 Dhamma reflections from Ayya Santacitta, Ayya Sobhana, Ayya Santussika
3:15 Last reflections and sharing of merit
3:30 Close Zoom. (Sewing will continue until completion of the robe before dawn)


We look for to seeing you online October 30th and/or in-person October 29th.


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