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Kathina Celebration

Join us for the traditional Kathina celebration, a day of appreciation, community, and generosity

It is a blessing to have Buddhist monastics nearby, and this is exactly what the traditional Buddhist holiday called Kathina celebrates. Organized by lay members of the community, Kathina marks the end of the Vassa, a three-month period during which Buddhist monastics commit to living in one location, focusing on study, meditation, and teaching the lay community. When the Vassa comes to an end, the lay community responds by expressing their appreciation through gifts to support the monastic community. All are welcome to join us for all or part of the day.

As the Empty Cloud Monastery community has grown, there is a number of items that are needed to support the new monastics as well as to continue upkeep of the monastery building. You may find a list of required items at: http://bit.ly/emptycloudkathina and below.

The gathering will begin at 10am outdoors, when people are invited to bring food to share and set up for the potluck lunch at 11am. After lunch will be the offering ceremony (when robes and other supplies are offered to the monastics), followed by a Dhamma talk and blessing ceremony then a sangha gathering for socializing.

As the event will be outdoors, please wear a mask/face covering, warm clothing, and bring something comfortable to sit on.

Schedule

10:00am: Introductory Remarks

10:45am: Prepare Potluck Food Offering

11:00am: Shared Community Meal

12:45pm: Kathina Offering Ceremony

1:30pm: Dhamma Talk

2:30pm: Sangha Gathering

4:00pm: End of the Day

LIST OF NEEDED ITEMS

Please contact the lay organizer, Benz, at wanidaskim@gmail.com before and after you choose an item to offer, so as to keep track of donated items.

>> Clothing/Requisites

  • 2 x Sanghati (cotton)
  • 3 x Uniqlo Mens Heattech Crewneck Long-sleeved T-shirt, small, red
  • Sweatshirts (100% cotton, brown or dark red, size small and medium)
  • 4x Winter gloves (brown or dark red)
  • OVER-THE-KNEE or KNEE-HIGH Socks (brown or dark red)
  • Birkenstock Women’s Arizona Vegan Size EU38 / US7.5
  • 2 x Dr. Martens Winter Boot 2976, size US 11 / EUR 45
  • High-Quality Reusable Chopsticks (3 pairs)
  • Thermometer (Medical)
  • N95 Masks

>> Books

Pāli Canon books, in the Pāli language:

  • Saṁyutta Nikāya (Complete Set) https://store.pariyatti.org/Samyutta-Nikaya_p_2153.html
  • Dhammapada https://store.pariyatti.org/Dhammapada-Pali_p_1959.html
  • Itivuttaka https://store.pariyatti.org/Itivuttaka-Pali_p_2002.html
  • Sutta-Nipāta https://store.pariyatti.org/Sutta-Nipata_p_2173.html
  • Udāna https://store.pariyatti.org/Udana-Pali_p_2188.html
  • Theragātha & Therīgatha https://store.pariyatti.org/Theragatha-and-Therigatha_p_2179.html
  • Vinaya-Piṭaka (Complete Set) https://store.pariyatti.org/Vinaya-Pitaka_p_2199.html
  • Women in Early Buddhism by Alice Collett
  • Women Under Primitive Buddhism by I.B. Horner
  • Several Books of Library of Tibetan Classics
  • Middle Length Discourses, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Numerical Discourses, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Connected Discourses, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Madhyama Āgama Vol. II, by Bhikkhu Analayo

>> Toiletries

  • Ionic Toothbrush x 3
  • Mineral Spray Deodorant x 12 (click here)

>> Medicine

  • Omega3 Supplements (click here)
  • Garden of Life Vitamin D
  • Garden of Life Iron

>> Monastery Items

  • Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent
  • Solar Landscape Spotlights (click here)
  • Chanteclair Degreaser (click here)
  • Chanteclair Floor Degreaser (click here)
  • “Ryobi One+” Cordless Tool Battery
  • Organic Nuts
  • Organic Nut Butters
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Buddhist Wall Art (such as Chinese Buddhist scrolls)

Meditation on the Lawn

At 3 pm, gather safely in the front lawn of Empty Cloud Monastery and practice meditation with Buddhist monks.

Please note the meditation now begins at 3pm, which is a change from the previous week.

The Buddha often encouraged practitioners to meditate outdoors, at the foot of a tree or in wilderness groves. Not only does nature offer peace and seclusion, but the serenity of outdoor spaces often has a soothing effect on the mind—which forms the basis for deep concentration. Join us for weekly outdoor meditation, where we will gather safely on the front lawn of Empty Cloud Monastery. After guided meditation and a Dhamma talk, we will leave space for Q&A and discussion.

COVID-19 precautions: To ensure the safety of all participants, we will be practicing social distancing during the event. Please wear a face mask at all times, and bring all the supplies you will need to comfortably practice outside, which may include a blanket, cushion, insect repellent, and bottled water, etc. Unfortunately we cannot provide access to restrooms at this time.

Alms Round (Pindapata) at West Orange Farmers’ Market

Our resident monastics will be at West Orange Farmers Market on pindapata, the Buddhist practice of collecting alms food from 9am-10.00am.

Buddhist monks and nuns rely on the generosity of others. Pindapata is a traditional practice where lay people offer food to monastics to sustain their spiritual practice.

If you’d like to make an offering to the Empty Cloud monastics, you will be able to spot them at the market between the times of 9am-10.00am.

Volunteer Day

Join us for an afternoon of volunteer & gardening at Empty Cloud Monastery

We have lots of outdoor work to do at the monastery!

Help us set up a yard sale to feed people in need affected by Covid-19 and help us build our garden under the principles of sustainability and permaculture.

Bring a mask, a pair of gloves, and we’ll give you shovels and rakes.

Please bring any carboard boxes (without any plastic or wax!) you might have laying around in the house, so we can use them to suppress weeds on the ground.

Meditation on the Lawn

At 3 pm, gather safely in the front lawn of Empty Cloud Monastery and practice meditation with Buddhist monks.

Please note the meditation now begins at 3pm, which is a change from the previous week.

The Buddha often encouraged practitioners to meditate outdoors, at the foot of a tree or in wilderness groves. Not only does nature offer peace and seclusion, but the serenity of outdoor spaces often has a soothing effect on the mind—which forms the basis for deep concentration. Join us for weekly outdoor meditation, where we will gather safely on the front lawn of Empty Cloud Monastery. After guided meditation and a Dhamma talk, we will leave space for Q&A and discussion.

COVID-19 precautions: To ensure the safety of all participants, we will be practicing social distancing during the event. Please wear a face mask at all times, and bring all the supplies you will need to comfortably practice outside, which may include a blanket, cushion, insect repellent, and bottled water, etc. Unfortunately we cannot provide access to restrooms at this time.

Alms Round (Pindapata) at West Orange Farmers’ Market

Our resident monastics will be at West Orange Farmers Market on pindapata, the Buddhist practice of collecting alms food from 9am-10.00am.

Buddhist monks and nuns rely on the generosity of others. Pindapata is a traditional practice where lay people offer food to monastics to sustain their spiritual practice.

If you’d like to make an offering to the Empty Cloud monastics, you will be able to spot them at the market between the times of 9am-10.00am.

Online: End of Vassa – Pavarana

Join us for a special end of Vassa online Pavarana ceremony with the resident community at Empty Cloud.

Join us for an online Pavarana ceremony, celebrating the end of Vassa, with the resident community at Empty Cloud. It will be a night of chanting, meditation, and Dhamma talks from the entire monastery community.

Tune in on Youtube Live here: https://youtu.be/3DChXjgIza4

If you’re able to support the monastery, please visit http://www.buddhistinsights.com/donate

Online: With Channa: SN 22.90 w/ Ayya Soma

Join us for online sutta studies, Dhamma discussions, and meditation!

Remorseful after being admonished by the Buddha on his deathbed, Venerable Channa asks for teachings from the mendicants. Unsatisfied, he seeks out Ānanda, who teaches him the Middle Way.

You can find the text of the Sutta here: https://suttacentral.net/sn22.90/

If you’re able to support the monastery, please visit http://www.buddhistinsights.com/donate

Truth and Conspiracy Theories w/ Ayya Soma

Join us for online sutta studies, Dhamma discussions, and meditation!

How can we discern what is true from the fabrication of delusion? On this occasion, Ayya Soma will illustrate how the Buddhist path helps us cultivate discernment and wisdom.

If you’re able to support the monastery, please visit http://www.buddhistinsights.com/donate

With Girimānanda: AN 10.60 w/ Bhante Pamutto

Join us for online sutta studies, Dhamma discussions, and meditation!

In this discourse a sick monk named Girimānanda is visited by Ananda. In his visit, Ananda speaks of the ten perceptions.Tune in on Youtube Live here: https://youtu.be/SfRylpjMVSgYou can find a copy of the sutta here: https://suttacentral.net/an10.60If you’re able to support the monastery, please visit http://www.buddhistinsights.com/donate