The schedule for the Pa Bah (Offering Ceremony) has been determined. Everyone is very welcome to join us for the whole or part of the event. People will be bringing food to offer and share – feel free to join in with this and bring some food along (anything is fine; it’s the offering that’s the point).
The day will begin at 10 a.m. with some introductory remarks, then with the monks chanting Parittas from around 10.15. At 10.30 the food will be formally offered and people will be invited to fill plates with rice and arrange themselves to offer it into the monks’ bowls as they walk on ‘almsround’ within the indoor space. After the monks chant a blessing everyone will be invited to share a meal. At noon the formal Pa Bah ceremony will begin, with a chance to take the Five Precepts, and then lay supporters will offer robes to the monks (people may offer donations towards the prospective monastery, though the monks do not receive money – there will be ways to do this managed by Jeta Grove and the Pa Bah sponsors). At around 12.15 Ajahn Viradhammo will offer a Dhamma Talk, and he and Ajahn Jayanto and Ven. Caganando will be available for conversation afterwards.
10 a.m. – Arrive, Introductory Remarks
10.15 a.m. – Paritta Chanting
10.30 a.m. – Prepare Food Offering
10.45 a.m. – Almsround
11 a.m. – Meal
12 p.m. – Five Precepts & Pa Bah Ceremony
12.15 p.m. – Dhamma Talk by Luang Por Viradhammo
1.30 p.m. – Finish & Clean Up
Where: St. Luke’s & St. Margaret’s Church: 5 St. Luke’s Rd, Allston, MA, 02134
When: 10 a.m.–1.30 p.m.
(Parking in Allston should be free on this day, as it’s a Sunday.)