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Festival of Maitreya Bodhisattva
Tue. 1st Jan., 10:00 am-4:00 pm
This festival celebrates the Bodhisattva Maitreya, known as "the Buddha who is yet to come". It is said that Maitreya will appear when the teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha has completely disappeared and been forgotten. Associated with new beginnings, the Festival of Maitreya is often celebrated on New Year’s Day.
The day will start at 10am with a meditation period, followed by the ceremony. After the ceremony there will be a Dharma talk, and at about 1pm there will be a bring-and-share vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon there will be two periods of meditation from 2pm, followed by tea. You are welcome to come for any part of the day.
10.00am Meditation (30 minutes)
10.35am Ceremony rehearsal
11.00am Festival Ceremony
Dharma Talk and discussion, with tea.
This will be followed by a bring-and-share vegetarian lunch at approximately 1pm.
2pm Meditation (30 mins)
2.30pm Walking Meditation
2.40pm Meditation (30 mins)
3.15 Questions and answers/ discussion, with tea.
As well as these events the temple also has a regular daily schedule.
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