Saturday, June 17th, 9:30 am – 2 pm at St. Mark’s Cathedral’s Bloedel Hall (enter through back of cathedral), 1245 10th Ave E. Those unable to attend in-person are also welcome to tune in via Zoom or YouTube livestream. You may spread the word by downloading and sending the flyers below! Find the full event listing here.
Join the Clear Mountain community from 9:30 am – 2 pm on Sat. June 17th, in celebrating the past two years of a growing community, gathering support for the next phase of the monastery, and welcoming Luang Por Pasanno, founder of Abhayagiri Buddhist monastery, Ayyā Anandabodhi, founder of Āloka Vihāra Forest Monastery, as well as Ayyā Santussikā and Ayyā Cittānandā, founders of Karuna Buddhist Vihara.
Traditionally, Kathina and Robe Offering Ceremonies (ผ้าป่า “Pah Bah” in Thai) are the primary events initiated and organized by the lay community in support of monasteries. Every year, many in the community come forward as “sponsors” to champion the event among their friends and family, spreading the word and getting the wider community excited and engaged. We come together in celebration and support of the monastics, their practice and their service to the community by offering food, cloth, and other requisites. Clear Mountain’s 2023 Robe Offering Ceremony, “Finding a Home”, is being held this year to gather support for the purchase of land and buildings for the future monastery. You can find a more detailed description of robe offering ceremonies here. To learn more, step forward as a sponsor, or help as a volunteer, you may contact Ladawan Kongkarat at [email protected].
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in all or any part of the Robe Offering festival. Feel free to offer food at the potluck, and participate in the joyful feast! Those unable to attend in-person are welcome to tune in via Zoom or YouTube livestream. Welcome!
9:30 – 10 am: Brief welcome, introduction, & guided meditation.
10 – 10:45 am: Dhamma Talk by Luang Por Pasanno
10:45 am – 12:30 pm: Potluck Meal
12:30 – 1:15 pm: Robe Offering Ceremony
1:15 – 2 pm: Dhamma Talk by Ayyā Anandabodhi, Ayyā Santussika, & Closing
What to Bring
– A cushion to sit on if you want, though chairs will be available as well, and your love of practice!
– An optional potluck dish to share.
Robe Offering Ceremonies (or ผ้าป่า “Pah Bah” in Thai) are a beautiful and significant way to financially help the monastics meet their material needs and/or fund special projects for Clear Mountain. Support gathered at this year’s ceremony, “Finding a Home”, will go towards Clear Mountain’s Land and Building fund, and support the monastery’s future development. Those who wish to contribute to Clear Mountain’s future home by donating to the Land & Building Fund may do so by visiting www.friendsofclearmountain.org, the website of Clear Mountain’s steward organization. Please try to note that the donation is made for the Robe Offering Ceremony.
Those driving may enter the campus at the north between the cathedral and the St. Nicholas Building – the location of the Gage Academy and Seattle Amistad School. They may then drive all the way to the back of the cathedral. Parking is free for Clear Mountain attendees even though signs in the lot indicate payment is required. If the “carriage gateway” behind the St. Nicholas building is open, participants are encouraged to park there. We encourage the use of public transportation when convenient, and the Seattle bus #49 stops at the corner of 10th Ave. and E Galer, just north of the meeting place.