Buddha’s Birthday Celebration on May 30

Sunday, May 30th, 2021, the center will host our third Vesak or Buddha’s Birthday Celebration – this time in-person* and online on Zoom at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT. There will be a dharma talk by Guo Gu, followed by chanting, storytelling, poetry sharing, and a dharma social. We look forward to seeing you in-person or online!

Traditionally Vesak in the Chinese Buddhist tradition is on April 8th in the lunar calendar. This year, in the Gregorian calendar, it falls on May 26th. The significance of Vesak is to commemorate the Buddha’s birth, awakening, and parinirvana. It is a reminder of our true nature. Buddha means “awake.” The Vesak celebration consists of offering of flowers and showering of a baby Buddha statue. The offering of flowers signify the adornment of awakening; the showing of the baby buddha statue symbolizes the purification of our minds to revealing our true awakened nature.

Schedule
20 min. Dharma Talk by Guo Gu
20 min. Chanting (1)
20 min. Bathing the Baby Buddha
20 min. Dharma Sharing
05 min. Merit Transfer
20 min. Zoom Social

(1) In-person attendees need to show proof of COVID vaccination. Please upload your vaccine below. We also suggest you show up 15 minutes prior to starting.
(2) The link to the Vesak Celebration liturgy can be found here.

 

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