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New Year’s Eve Online: The Buddha of Infinite Light

Fri 31st Dec, 2021 : 8:30 pm - 12:30 am

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Buddha Amitabha and disciples

Join us online for an alternative New Year’s Eve as Vishangka, Buddhasamagama and Tom Connolly lead us in an exploration of Amitabha.

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. We will be engaging in a full evening of Buddhist ritual, so do make sure that you are familiar with ritual as practised within the Triratna Community. If you’re not sure whether this evening is suitable for you, please contact vishangka@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk.

Preparing for the Evening

We encourage you to create your own ritual space at home – a shrine to Amitabha, and a quiet, meditative space to fully absorb the words of the recitations and puja.

The Buddha of Infinite Light

Amitabha is a mythical, archetypal Buddha. He’s especially venerated in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism as the Buddha of Infinite Light, an embodiment of the Enlightenment Principle that means we too can gain Enlightenment and becomes Buddhas. This Principle is always present, we can always connect to it and maybe even experience it connecting with us!

During the evening, we’ll hear some readings from the Pure Land tradition dedicated to Amitabha. We’ll also have a chance to meditate and engage in ritual together which will lead us up to midnight and the beginning of a new year. if you’re looking for an alternative, peaceful and contemplative way to welcome the new year, join us for an evening of ritual, poetry and meditation.


8.30 pm: Introduction. Invocation of Amitabha: Through a meditative reading of sections from The Sutra on the Visualisation of the Buddha Amitayus, we will visualise the pure land of Sukhavati and the light of the Buddha
9.30: Break
10 pm:The Spring of my Life: A reading of the prose and haiku text from pure land poet, Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827). The text portrays a year in the life of Issa, including reflections on death, impermanence and the beauty of the natural world. All of this in relation to the Buddha
11.15: Break
11.45: Sutra of Golden Light Puja. We’ll end the evening with a special puja where we can ritually purify our unskillfulness in the golden light of the Buddhas, starting the year anew

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• 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: 962 2745 2506, Passcode: 431406
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Fri 31st Dec, 2021
8:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom
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