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Buddha Day Festival and Mitra Ceremonies, Online

Sun 22nd May : 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Buddha from Lotus Hall at Manchester Buddhist Centre

Join us as we come together virtually in large numbers for our most important festival of the year – commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment. Celebrated around the world at the time of the full moon, and also known as Wesak, this is an opportunity to give thanks for the extraordinary example of the Buddha’s life and teaching. There will be meditation, talks and some Buddhist ritual.

We’ll also see several members of our community gather in the Lotus Hall with friends and family to make a commitment to their Buddhist practice.

Covid restrictions mean that only the new Mitras plus one guest each can be invited to the shrine room this year, along with the festival’s leaders and tech team. The rest of us will be there online and in spirit!

More about Buddhist festivals and ritual

Who is the Event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual. Close friends and family of the new Mitras are also warmly invited.

Mitra Ceremonies

In the second part of the afternoon, we will witness and celebrate some of our friends as they make their three declarations that they are deepening their Buddhist practice within the Triratna Community. 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?
• New Mitras’ names to follow
• It’s always lovely to send cards to the new Mitras to celebrate this step on their path. The address is c/o Manchester Buddhist Centre, 16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ

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 Centre

Although the Centre's opening up again now, these are still difficult times. 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!


Sun 22nd May
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom


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