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Buddha Day Festival 2019
Sun 19th May : 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Acharashraddha and Vishangka lead our most important festival of the year – a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment. This year, we lead up to the festival with a week of optional daily pujas and readings to help us imagine the Buddha – see calendar for details.
Who is the event for?It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.
No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.
Please bring a Buddha Rupa
Together we will create a beautiful shrine. Please bring your own Buddha or Bodhisattva statue, or rupa, to place on the shrine during the ritual, remembering to label it underneath with your name. The collected figures will represent the different qualities of enlightenment – fearlessness, generosity, loving-kindness, wisdom. We also invite you to wear a splash of yellow or gold to mark your connection with the Buddha Jewel.
Please be here in time for a prompt start in the tea area at 1.30pm, as this is where the ritual will begin
12.30: Shared lunch Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30: Ritual including the Buddha’s life story and mantras.
2.15: Welcome to the day
2.30: Festival talk by Amaradaya
3.30: Tea break or quiet time in the shrine room
4.00: Meditation on the Buddha
4.30: Sevenfold Puja and readings