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Dharma Day Festival Online: Listen, the Deathless has been Attained

Sun 12th Jul : 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Buddha with teaching mudra

At one of our four main festivals of the year, we express gratitude for the Buddha’s teaching and the impact it has had on our lives. To celebrate Dharma Day this year, we’ll be drawing on meditations and a talk from Padmavajra from Padmaloka, where they celebrated Dharma Day on 4th July.

Listen: the Deathless has been Attained

With these striking words the Buddha, freshly enlightened, in the Deer Park at Sarnath, called to attention his five friends who he had practised extreme asceticism with for many years. In this way, he began turning the wheel of the Dharma for the benefit of all.

It was in the Deer Park at Sarnath that the essence of the liberating Dharma was first given and received. It was at this moment that it became clear that the Dharma was for everybody and not only for one man. So we celebrate this day with great joy, for this is the day that the Dharma was made known to us.

Padmavajra’s talk will explore the story of the turning of the wheel of the Dharma and, in particular, he will look at the freshness, vividness and vitality of the Buddha’s speech – his communication of the Beyond.

In the early afternoon, Ratnagna will be offering an opportunity to explore the main themes of the talk and ask any questions. We’d therefore recommend that you leave Padmavajra’s talk before the Q and A session and instead join our Manchester Sangha for Ratnaguna’s Q and A and discussion. We’ll end the day with a Puja from our Lotus Hall, kindly offered by the Centre’s men’s community, Gosinga.

Come join us for one of the main Buddhist festivals in the year, bringing to life what it means to practise the Dharma.


Come to what you can. The first two are pre-recorded and you can hear those later if you like. Please arrive at the Q and A and Puja at the beginning rather than part way through

7 – 8:25 am: Tiratnavandana and morning meditation – Recording from Padmaloka on YouTube
10:30 – 11:30: Padmavajra keynote talk – Listen, The Deathless has been Attained – Recording from Padmaloka on YouTube. We recommend you leave Padmavajra’s talk before the Q and As, and join us at Ratnaguna’s live session at 12
12 noon – 1 pm: Join our Manchester Sangha for a Q and A and discussion with Ratnaguna – Live session on Zoom. Take me to the session Meeting ID: 961 4582 1124 Password: 649795
4 – 5 pm: Puja from Lotus Hall shrine room – Live session on Zoom. Take me to the session Meeting ID: 961 4582 1124 Password: 649795

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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.

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Sun 12th Jul
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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