October 22: Kathina at Aloka Vihara

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Kathina Ceremony for
Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery


Please join us for this opportunity
to support the Bhikkhuni Sangha in the West


When: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, Placerville, California
Directions: click here
Sponsors: Susan Ford & Julie DeHart
For more information, please visit the Friends of Aloka Vihara website or contact us via email.

Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery is a rural monastery located in the Sierra foothills where women can live and train as nuns and the lay community is invited to stay and practice. An opportunity to offer support to the monastery is coming up with the Kathina Ceremony on October 22.

This Kathina Ceremony will be a unique opportunity for us as laypeople to reflect deeply on the interdependent relationship between the monastic and lay communities and to follow that reflection into action. Just as the monastics dedicate themselves to sharing the teachings with us both in word and through their way of life, we lay practitioners have the opportunity to offer what it takes to help the Bhikkhuni Sangha thrive.

A Kathina Ceremony is a traditional Buddhist ceremony in which the lay and monastic communities gather so that the lay community can express their support and gratitude by making formal offerings of financial and material support to the monastics.

This year bhikkhunis from Dhammadharini Monastery and Karuna Buddhist Vihara will be joining us for this special day. We look forward to spending time on the land and with each other, celebrating the continued development of Aloka Vihara.

Donations to the 2017 Kathina Ceremony

With current building projects now funded, financial contributions made at this year’s Kathina Ceremony will provide for the basic requisites of Aloka Vihara’s bhikkhunis, samaneris and anagarikas, allowing for the continued growth and flourishing of this vital Dhamma community. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

To make a donation now, please visit Friends of Aloka Vihara website. Additional requested items can be found on the vihara’s Wish List.

Visit the FAQ page on the Friends of Aloka Vihara website for more information about this year’s ceremony.

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the event! Please contact us via email if you are interested.

With much gratitude,
Susan & Julie with the Friends of Aloka Vihara



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