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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Origins Of Krathin

Here is a brief version of how the Krathin began ..

Legend has it that 30 bhikkhus went on a journey, intending to spend Vassa with Gautama Buddha, when the rains began early.
According to Buddha's guidelines for Vassa, mendicant monks should not travel in the rainy season as they may unintentionally harm crops or insects during their journey. So the monks were obliged to stop before reaching their destination.
After their delayed arrival, the Buddha rewarded them for demonstrating wisdom, and gave them a way to practice sharing and generosity. A lay disciple had previously donated cloth to the Buddha. Now the Buddha gave that cloth to the group of monks and told them to make a robe - and then to offer it to one of them as a gift.
The monks made the garment using a Krathina frame to stretch the cloth while it was being sewn. Ah, so there's where the Festival gets its name!

How do you feel when someone gives you a gift?

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