Katina (Robe Offering) Ceremony

Saturday – October 7th 2017
7:00 am – 3:30 pm

The 2017 Katina robe offering ceremony of the Boston Buddhist Vihara was held on Saturday October 7th at 162 Old Upton Road Grafton MA 01519, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm with the participation of Maha Sanga from the Tristate Temples. The Katina ceremony marked the ending of the rain retreat which began on the July full moon day.

This year’s Katina ceremony was sponsored by the Arjuna & Vanoji Balasuriya family and the Janak & Deepani Ambalangoda family, together with the help of all members of the Boston Buddhist Vihara.

The Program of the Day 
07:00 AM – Offering Buddha-pooja and daana
07:30 AM – Stitching the Katina robe
10:30 AM – Preparing Buddha-pooja and daana
11:00 AM – Offering Buddha-pooja
11:30 AM – Sanghika daana
12:15 PM – Devotees partaking lunch
01:45 PM – Katina procession
02:15 PM – Offering Katina robe and Katinanisansa speech
03:00 PM – Transferring merit
03:15 PM – Blessing
03:30 PM – Afternoon tea and clean-up


One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday – September 16th, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

A one-day meditation retreat was conducted in English by Bhante Dhammaloka on September 16th, 2017 at the New England Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center.

Bhante Dhammaloka

Annual Youth Camp for children (Elementary through College age)

Saturday – August 19th, 2017
9.00 am – 4.00 pm

The annual children’s program is scheduled for August 19th Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This year’s program was offered to participants from elementary through college age. We were really pleased to host a program specially designed for high-school through college students. The program was conducted in English by Bhante Pemaratana, who is a resident monk at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center.

Bhante Pemaratana

Bhante Pemaratana holds a bachelor’s degree with first class honors in Buddhist Studies from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a master’s degree in philosophy from the National University of Singapore. Amongst the places he has lectured are, the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka and the Buddhist and Pali College of Singapore. He received his PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2017. He is currently the chief abbot of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center. He offers workshops on meditation at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center and Yoga studios in the greater Pittsburgh area and provides spiritual counseling to help people to deal with challenging issues of life.


One Day Meditation Retreat

Sunday – July 16th, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

A one-day meditation retreat was conducted in English by Bhante Bhikku Bodhi on July 16th, 2017 at the New England Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center.

Bhante Bhikku Bodhi