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Published on Apr 23, 2014
"Ordaining as a Buddhist monk is not an easy task, just simply donning a saffron robe is not enough. One must train oneself to take 227 precepts as well as the daily routine of a monk's life, in accordance with monastic disciplines. If one wishes to attain the full fruition from the merit accrued from ordaining one must be able to be a refuge for Buddhism, not just taking refuge in Buddhism." ~Venerable Dhammajayo
Kathina 2014 is quickly approaching, Kathina is a robe offering ceremony, presented to monks who have completed their 3 months rains retreat period.
The Katina robe is significant because during the three-month Rains Retreat period, Buddhist monks are required to remain fully dedicated to purifying themselves through the rigorous practice of meditation and moral conduct. As the monks end the retreat and come back to society, they become deservedly worthy of offering and veneration as 'punnakkhetta' or 'field of merit' to the fullest extent possible. A robe offered to such a monk potent with spirituality and dedication to religious living at this time, helps one to earn solid merit or good karma.
*Georgia Mediation Circle founded in 2007 by Nat Intakanok and Bee Intakanok has introduced meditation to over 2500 people, meets weekly on Wednesdays at the Georgia Meditation Center www.meditationcircle.org