2016 Kathin Festival is on Saturday 29 October 9:30am -
here for flyer.
(Robe-Offering) Festival (also called Kathina or Tod Kathin in Thai, and
pronounced "Car-Tin") is
a colourful event where Buddhist laypeople donate new robes to monks and
The Bendigo Kathin
Festival ceremony is unique: it brings together monks, nuns and
laypeople of different nationalities and Buddhist traditions.
years Lao, Thai, Tibetan and Sri Lankan monks have also joined us.
This reflects the
multicultural, diverse nature of the community in Bendigo and people of
all traditions and backgrounds are invited.
In 2011 we held the 3rd Kathin Ceremony in Bendigo, and it involved
Australian, Burmese and Karen monks. For the first time it also included
a fully-ordained Theravada Buddhist nun, Venerable Dhammanada from
Sanghamittarama Nuns Monastery in Melbourne.
Venerable Dhammananda graduated from the
International Theravada Buddhist University in Yangon, Burma, with a
Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts in Buddha Dhamma (Theravada); after that
Venerable Dhammananda spent ten months in Sagaing in northern Burma. In
2003 Venerable Dhammananda went to Sri Lanka for full ordination as a
Buddhist nun (Bhikkhuni Upasampada) and to study Buddhist scriptures at
Kelaniya University, Post Graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist
Studies. Venerable Dhammananda graduated with a Master of Arts and a PhD
in Buddhist philosophy in 2008.
The festival also
included traditional Pwo Karen music and a song from the Karen Buddhist
Sunday School children.
If you want to know
more about the Kathin ceremony,
Buddhanet has an online
Photos of the 2009 Kathin ceremony
Top and below: photos
of 2011 Kathin Festival in Bendigo
Venerable Dhammananda from Sanghamittarama
Karen laypeople taking five precepts
Venerable Nandawontha (sitting) from
Traditional Pwo Karen music
Venerable Moonieinda, KBDDF
Karen food at Kathin Festival