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Festival of Achalanatha Bodhisattva
Sat. 13th Jul., 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Achalanatha Bodhisattva, the "Immovable One", represents commitment and determination in Buddhist practice. Achalanatha is portrayed sitting in meditation amidst the flames of the passions, and is not driven away from the place of meditation by them, however much they seem to burn. Achalanatha holds the Sword of Wisdom to cut through delusion, and offers us the rope of the Buddhist Precepts. To begin with this may seem like it constricts us, but when we look more closely we see that it liberates us.
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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