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Jula Khatina Chiang Rai

Panyaden students and parents making banana leaf receptables for offerings Jula Khatina in CHiang Rai
Panyaden marks Jula Khatina in Chiang Rai

Year 6 and 7 students, parents and teachers travelled to Chiang Rai between Oct 27-28 to take part in the Jula Khatina ceremony at Venerable Ajahn Jiew’s temple, Wat Pah Yen Boon. This ceremony is a time for lay people to offer cloth for robes to monks at the end of the rains retreat. We worked together with the local sangha to separate the seed from the lint and weave the cotton threads before formally presenting the finished cloth to the monks. A meaningful time of goodwill and cooperation among the community!

Removing seeds from cotton lint, Panyaden students at Jual; Khatina in Chiang Rai Preparing cotton threads for weaving, Panyaden at Jula Khatina in CHiang Rai Weaving cotton threads, Panyaden at Jula Khatina in CHiang Rai

Weaving cotton threads at night, Panyaden at Jula Khatina in Chiang Rai Offerings to monks, Panyaden at Jula Khatina in Chiang Rai Formal offering of cotton cloth to monks, Panyaden at Jula Khatina in Chiang Rai

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Panyaden Meditation Retreat

IMG_0963 Panyaden International School meditation retreat, July 2016
Panyaden teachers, staff from Mae Sai Hospital and other invited guests spent 4 days under the wise and kind guidance of Venerable Ajahn Jiew at Wat Pa Yen Boon in Chiang Rai. The retreat participants followed a daily routine that included morning and evening chanting, accompanying Ajahn Jiew on his daily alms round, daily chores, walking and sitting meditation, yoga and Dhamma talk and Q&A. Teachers have been reflecting on the wide benefits they got from the retreat and how they can apply these in the classroom. We are very grateful to Venerable Jiew for such a profound and enriching experience.

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Panyaden Celebrates Jula Kathina

Panyaden Prathom students learning to weave cotton for Jula Kathina
Our Prathom students learning to weave cotton for Jula Kathina.

On 12 July this year, Panyaden School collaborated with Mae Sai Hospital in Chiang Rai to plant about 100 cotton trees at Venerable Ajahn Jiew’s temple (Wat Pa Yen Boon) for Jula Kathina, a traditional Buddhist merit-making ceremony.

Jula Kathina begins at the start of the rainy season retreat when the laity plant cotton trees on temple grounds. At the end of the three months, the cotton is harvested, woven and dyed for making monk robes (Kathin); this is a one-day process that requires community cooperation between monks and lay people to achieve the whole undertaking within such a short time frame.

Panyaden School Prathom students learning to weave cotton the traditional way. Photo of Kathin by https://verythai.co.uk/news/24-37/royal-katina-uk-buddhist-robe-ceremonies-2010.html.

Our Prathom 4 – 6 students are now busy learning traditional cotton weaving skills in school. They will travel with their teachers to Wat Pa Yen Boon on 31 October to participate in the Thot Kathina ceremony where they will weave and formally present the cloth to the monks.

Staff Retreat in Chiang Rai

IMG_4099 Panyaden staff with Ajahn Jiew & monks

Panyaden teachers and staff have returned from a 5-day meditation retreat at Venerable Ajahn Jiew’s forest temple in Chiang Rai.

The day started with a wake-up bell at 4.30 am, followed by morning chanting and meditation. We then joined Ajahn Jiew and the resident monks for the early morning alms round to the local village 3 kilometres away, where we were privileged to experience first-hand the generosity of the local community upon which Buddhist monks depend.

Each day we combined daily chores, such as cleaning toilets and sweeping the forest paths, with walking and sitting meditation and a Q&A session with Ajahn Jiew. The day finished with evening chanting and a dhamma talk, candles out at 10 pm! Wat Yen Boon has no electricity, basic facilities and all the wildlife one would expect to see in the woods during the rainy season, so this was a very special opportunity to practice in the real manner of the Thai forest tradition!

We are very grateful for the generosity and metta Ajahn Jiew showed us. Not only did we practice the dhamma under his kind guidance but we also were privileged for the insights into every day temple life that we were provided.

Panyaden teachers and staff join the monks on their morning alms round

Panyaden staff following the monks on their morning alms round Panyaden staff go on morning alms round with the monks

Sitting and walking meditation

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Daily Dhamma talks and Q&A with Venerable Ajahn Jiew

IMG_4017 Dhamma talk by Ajahn Jiew at Wat Yen Boon, Panyaden School IMG_4018

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Teacher Retreat at Wat Pah Yen Boon

Panyaden teacher meditation retreat in Chiang Mai

Panyaden teachers spent 4 days at Wat Pah Yen Boon temple near Chiang Rai, practising meditation under the kind guidance of Venerable Ajahn Jiew. The days began with a wake-up bell at 4am, followed by chanting and meditation. Teachers then joined Venerable Jiew on his daily alms round where they could get direct experience of the generosity of local villagers. The day continued with walking and sitting meditation, Q&A, yoga, evening chanting and a dhamma talk.

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