Sangha Day Festival

Spiritual Friendship is the Whole of the Spiritual Life . . .

Join us as we come together in large numbers to mark and celebrate the Sangha jewel in our lives, in one of the biggest festivals of the Buddhist year. Programme to follow and timings may change. In fast-changing times, it's hard to be completely certain whether our events will go ahead in person, online or as a hybrid of both. Please come back and check, or stay up to date through social media or by joining our mailing list.

Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure.

More Information

What is the Sangha?
More about Buddhist festivals and ritual
• It’s traditional to wear red for this festival and many of us will do so, but it’s not a problem if you don’t!


Supporting the Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!

Dharma Day Festival

Celebrating the Buddha’s Teaching

Each year we celebrate that the Buddha was moved to communicate his wisdom and compassion to us through his teachings – the Dharma – which have been handed down to us through the ages. These teachings continue to transform our own lives and help create a better world. We too can become wiser and more compassionate human beings, just like the Buddha.

Join us as we come together in large numbers to mark and celebrate the Dharma jewel in our lives, in one of the main festivals of the Buddhist year. Programme to follow and timings may change. In fast-changing times, it's hard to be completely certain whether our events will go ahead in person, online or as a hybrid of both. Please come back and check, or stay up to date through social media or by joining our mailing list.

Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure.

More Information

More about Buddhist festivals and ritual
• It’s traditional to wear blue for this festival and many of us will do so, but it’s not a problem if you don’t!


Supporting the Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!

Buddha Day Festival and Mitra Ceremonies

Celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment Together

Join us as we celebrate the major festival of the Buddhist year, both in-person at the Buddhist Centre and online! We’ll also witness our friends Sam, Jonathan, Karma, Simon, Karen and Ceri as they make a commitment to their Buddhist practice.

Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure. Close friends and family of the new Mitras are also warmly invited.

More about Buddhist festivals and ritual


Programme

We would love to see you for the whole day but if you can only make part of it that’s okay. Please be here in good time for the parts you want to come to.

10.30: The Story of the Buddha told by Alison Darling
11.00: Leg Stretch
11.15: Meditation and Mantra led by Sripaksini
12.30: Shared Lunch – please bring your own, or pick up something from one of the many local vegan and vegetarian take-aways. An optional quiet space is available
1.30: Beauty of Mantra, Beauty of the Buddha led by Mahasukha. This part of the festival is in-person only
3.30: Break
4.00: Mitra Ceremonies led by Silabodhi, Suryaka and Vishangka
5.30: Shared food at Soul Kitchen in the Centre’s basement – £5 cash per head
7.00: End


Do I need to bring Anything?

• It’s traditional to wear something gold-coloured for this festival and many of us will do so, but it’s not a problem if you don’t!
• It’s always lovely to give cards to the new Mitras to celebrate this step on their path. Bring them on the day or send to c/o Manchester Buddhist Centre, 16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ
• Please bring something for lunch


About our Buddha Day Celebrations

This year we mark the Buddha’s enlightenment together through story, meditation, mantra, and ritual, led by Sripaksini and Vishangka. We’ll start the day hearing the Buddha’s story – his search for an answer to old age, sickness and death; the trials of his quest; and his eventual enlightenment. We’ll then dwell on the qualities of the Buddha through meditation and mantra.

After lunch, for those of us in the Buddhist Centre, Mahasukha will lead us in a ritual of mantra chanting, invoking the beauty and magnificence of the Buddha. Mahasukha leads regular Beauty of Mantra workshops and retreats. This session is not to be missed! If you’re at home, why not listen to the beautiful Shakyamuni mantra from Mahasukha’s website and join in by yourself?

The day will culminate in Mitra ceremonies as members of our Sangha make a ritual commitment to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, followed by shared food in the soon-to-open café in our Centre’s basement – an opportunity to celebrate our precious Sangha.

Mitra Ceremony

In the second part of the festival, we will witness and celebrate Sam, Jonathan, Karma, Simon, Karen and Ceri as they make their three declarations that they are deepening their Buddhist practice within the Triratna Community. In a ceremony led by Silabodhi along with Vishangka, Suryaka, and Karunatara, their many qualities will be rejoiced in by their friends in the Dharma, and they will make traditional symbolic offerings within a Threefold Puja.

What is a Mitra?


Join this Event through the Zoom App

Getting the most out of Zoom
• Our online events are friendly and participative, often with opportunities to ask questions and share your own experience. Do turn your camera and microphone on if you can! Choose Join with Video option
• If a session doesn't start on time, please give it a few minutes, there may be a sudden problem at our end
• If you have any accessibility needs that might stop you from attending our zoom sessions, do get in touch with us at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk. We'll do what we can to remove any accessibility barriers
Meeting ID: 917 0773 9943 Passcode: 228349
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Supporting the Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!