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Ceremonies & Chanting
Wat Thai Bhavana undertakes three ceremonies during the year, which are significant ceremonies in the Theravadan tradition. You are all invited to attend these ceremonies.
The dates of these ceremonies are displayed on the "Upcoming Events" on the Events Calendar page. These ceremonies are :-
Kathina - This ceremony is the largest alms giving ceremony of the Buddhist year, where people offer new robes to the monks.
Asalha Puja - Also know as Dhamma Day, this ceremony celebrates the beginning of Buddhism.
Vesak - This ceremony celebrates the birth of Buddha.
Patimokkha - In Theravada Buddhism, the Patimokkha is the code of monastic discipline, consisting of 227 rules for fully ordained monks (bhikkhus) and 311 for nuns (bhikkhunis). All monks and nuns must renew their adherence every month, and this is undertaken at different Buddhist temples with Victoria. The code is contained in the Suttavibhanga, a part of the Vinaya Pitaka. The code is contained in these sections.
Parajika : These 4 rules entailing expulsion from the sangha for life. If a monk breaks any one of the rules he is automatically "defeated" in the holy life and falls from monkhood immediately. He is not allowed to become a monk again in his lifetime. Intention is necessary in all these four cases to constitute an offence.
Sanghadisesa : These 13 rules requiring an initial and subsequent meeting of the sangha (communal meetings). If the monk breaks any rule here he has to undergo a period of probation or discipline after which, if he shows himself to be repentant, he may be reinstated by a sangha of not less than twenty monks. Like the parajikas, the sanghadisesas can only come about through the monk's own intention and cannot be accidentally invoked.
Aniyata : The aniyata are 2 rules where a monk is accused of having committed an offence with a woman in a screened (enclosed) or private place by a lay person. It is indefinite because the final outcome depends on whether the monk acknowledges the offence. Benefit of the doubt is given to the monk unless there is over-riding evidence.
Nissaggiya pacittiya : These are 30 rules entailing "confession with forfeiture." They are mostly concerned with the possessing of items which are disallowed or obtained in disallowable ways. The monk must forfeit the item and then confess his offense to another monk.
Pacittiya : These are 92 rules entailing confessions and they are minor violations which do not entail expulsion or any probationary periods.
Patidesaniya : These are 4 rules regarding violations which must be verbally acknowledged.
Sekhiyavatta : These are 75 rules of training,which are mainly about the deportment of a monk. In many countries, it is also standard for novice monks (samanera) to follow the Sekhiyavatta rules in addition to the Ten Precepts.
Adhikarana-samatha : These are 7 rules for settlement of legal processes that concern monks only.
You can download these files to read more about these ceremonies
Daily Dhamma Chanting
These documents contain the Morning and Evening Chants that are undertaken by the monks. Sometimes the monks may add or remove suttas to chant. The documents are written in Pali (the language used for chanting in Theravada Buddhism) with an English translation.