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Dharma Day Festival 2019

Sun 14th Jul : 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Match with blue flame

At one of our four main festivals of the year, Acharashraddha, Silabodhi and Vishangka lead us in expressing gratitude for the Buddha’s teaching and the impact it has had on our lives. In a festival framed by ritual, we’ll hear from members of our Sangha, who have been touched by particular teachings or Dharma texts.

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.

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.

Handing on the Flame of the Dharma

After his enlightenment, 2,500 years ago, the Buddha began to communicate what he had seen to others. His teachings – the Dharma – have been handed down to us through the ages, like a living flame. Manchester Buddhist Centre is a temple of the Dharma, and people from all walks of life encounter the Buddha’s teachings here.

More about festivals and ritual

Before the Festival

Help us create a special shrine for the day by writing your favourite Dharma text or teaching on paper, rolling it up and making a scroll to place on the shrine. We also invite you to wear something blue to honour the Dharma Jewel.

Dharma Day Programme

Please be here in time for a prompt start in the shrine room at 1.30 pm.

12.30: Shared Lunch Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30: Ritual, with Acharahshraddha reading the Parable of the Rain Cloud, Shakyamuni mantra and Dharma scrolls on shrine
2 pm: Silabodhi introduces the day
2.15: Marcus and Dayanandi talk about their favourite Dharma text
2.50: Tea break or silent time in shrine room
3.20: Kirstine and Dayaka talk about their favourite Dharma text
4 pm: Meditation: visualisation of the Buddha turning the wheel of the Dharma
4.30: Puja led by Vishangka
5.30: End

Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.


Sun 14th Jul
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom
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Sangha, Order Members
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