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Buddha’s Birthday Celebration (Vesak)
May 23 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dear Beloved Friends,
After more than one year closing to the public, we are happy to inform you the monastery will be open to welcome fully vaccinated friends come to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday on May 23.
“We know that a Buddha lives inside of each of us. It’s not the man who lived a long time ago, of course, but the nature of that man.” Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the most profound teachings given by the Buddha is his gentle reminder that we all have Buddha nature inside of us, a Buddha within waiting to manifest when conditions are sufficient. Is there a moment in your daily life when you pause, smile and say silently to yourself, “A lotus for you, a Buddha to be?” This practice can help you to get in touch with your awakened nature. There are certain practices that can help our Buddha nature grow stronger and more beautiful. When we sit and breathe mindfully, when we walk and eat mindfully, we can be more alive, awake and aware; this is the energy of a Buddha. Mindfulness practices help us to get in touch with peace and stability and to generate insight that can change our lives positively. Becoming a Buddha is easier than you may think!
The program will be as follows:
8:30am – Walking meditation
9:45am – Dharma talk
11:00am – Bathing the Baby Buddha Ceremony
– Picnic lunch (lunch will be provided)
To help us better prepare for the day, we kindly ask you to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/…/buddhas-birthday… .
Vegan lunch will be provided. There is no fee for the day, but donation is greatly appreciated.
To show love and support one another on this special day, we ask you to follow the CDC most recent guidelines.