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Buddhist Lent has ended. The 3 months of rainy season/Buddhist lent is an opportunity for monastics to strengthen their practice and not venture out of the monastery (as much as possible). This 3 months completion is marked by Kathina. Not sure what that is? Don’t worry we got you covered! Here are two content you can digest. One on Kathina and the other on giving.
1. The history of Kathina explained by a Singapore monk in a witty manner
2. When should a gift be given?
The history of Kathina explained by a Singapore monk in a witty manner
What’s going on here & Why we like it
Ajahn Keng Khemako, a Singaporean Buddhist monk who often uses Singlish to share Dhamma, shares on the history of Kathina. In addition, the remainder of the talk reminds us to keep our morality well on such an occasion. Kathina is a festival where lay people give robes and requisites to the monks. It is an opportunity for both the lay and monastics community to interact and also learn the Dhamma together. We like this video because his lively sharing beats any Wikipedia article you can find on Kathina
“All their robes were completely rotten. Buddha had the compassion and gave permission to the monks to collect their robes”
Check out the different temples that celebrate Kathina in Singapore and soak in the atmosphere:)
Check out the video here or below!
When should a gift be given?
What’s going on here & why we like it
Ajahn Brahmali, a Norwegian monk who resides in Australia, shares on when a gift should be given. How does giving move us in the right direction? We like this video (not because we made it! :P) but rather because it is crisp and short in helping us understand the Buddhist take on giving.
“You don’t always have to give to a Buddhist cause. It’s about givign where you feel like giving”
When was the last time you gave and smiled?:) Try to give a little more of your time, money, or effort today to cultivate generosity within your heart!