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Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony 2023

26/11/2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm UTC+10

The BSV committee invites everyone to join the Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony – a ceremony to offer robes and other requisites to the Sangha as an expression of our gratitude. This year’s event will be held at the Newbury Buddhist Monastery (107 Beaches Lane, Newbury).

Date: Sunday, 26 November 2023
Time: 09:30 am – 03:00 pm (AEDT)

Please arrive by 9.00 am to enable the event to commence at 9.30 am sharp.

In the morning there will be a Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Nissarano followed by Rice Pindapatha and offering lunch dana to the Monastics. Communal lunch will be at 11.30am. If you wish, please bring a dish to share with the monastics and the lay community. Please bring ready-to-eat food. No food preparation and reheating available.  The Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm.

Attending in person
You are encouraged to check the weather at Newbury before leaving home and bring suitable clothes (e.g. jacket, hat/beanie) including an umbrella. The weather at Newbury is usually 5 degrees cooler than in Melbourne. It is highly recommended to wear sturdy walking shoes as the terrain is uneven and can be muddy.  For those who suffer from hay fever or asthma, please take appropriate precautions as the pollen count is high during spring season in Newbury

Bus to NBM
Seats on the bus are SOLD OUT!

Available for purchase online via TryBooking:

Last day to secure a seat has now been extended to Thursday, 23 November 2023, 5 pm. There are still 2 seats left and only available online via Trybooking.

Meeting Point:
The bus will depart from the BSV Buddhaloka Centre (71 Darling Road, Malvern East) by 7 am SHARP. Please plan to be at the Centre by 6.45 am. The bus will leave NBM at 3.30 pm to return to the Buddhaloka Centre.


Kathina Ceremony Program: 

09.30 President’s welcome message – Adrian Tee
09.35 Request to observe 5 precepts followed by Rains Retreat message by Ajahn Nissarano and Ayya Upekkha
09.40 Speech by Mayor of Hepburn Shire Council – Brian Hood
09.45 End of Rain Retreat message by Ajahn Nissarano & Ayya Upekkha
10.00 Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Nissarano
10.30 Short Blessing by Monastics
10.35 Rice Pindapatha & offering lunch dana to monastics
11.05 Communal lunch
12.30  Procession follow by Formal Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony
13.45  Lay community makes offerings of robes and other requisites to NBM monastics.
14:00 Open Day Walking Tours of the Meditation Retreat Centre
15:00 End of Event

Dana/Gift Offering for the Ceremony
Devotees and lay people are invited to offer any of the four requisites (robes, food, medicine, shelter) to the BSV-NBM Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Sangha as a practical way of expressing their gratitude and support.

Requisites available for offering at the Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony:

  1. Gift wrapped robes, robes and bowl sets will be available at the NBM for offering:
  2. Full Set of Robes with Alms Bowl – $70
  3. Full Set of Robes Only – $40
  4. Towels Set – $30
  5. Towel Only – $10


Robe & Other Requisites

The offering is symbolic. Your donation will go towards supporting NBM Sangha.
This donation is not tax deductible.

NBM Building Fund

Make a donation towards the NBM Retreat Centre Project Stage 2a.
This donation is tax deductible.

Dana/Gift Offering for the Ceremony

A giver of food is a giver of strength.
A giver of clothes is a giver of beauty.
A giver of vehicle is a giver of ease.
A giver of lamp is a giver of vision.
And the one who is a giver of residence is a giver of everything.
But the one who teaches the Dhamma is a giver of the deathless.
The Buddha explains to a deva the true value of various kinds of gifts.

(SN 1.42)


9:30 am - 3:00 pm UTC+10
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Newbury Buddhist Monestery
107 Beaches Road
Newbury, VIC 3458 Australia
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