Festival of Vimalakirti Bodhisattva
Sat. 19th Oct., 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Vimalakīrti, whose name means "spotless reputation", is the main figure of the Vimalakīrti Sutra. He is portrayed as the ideal Buddhist lay practitioner, and is said to have lived at the time of the Buddha. In the scripture he has encounters with each of the Buddha's most senior disciples, and debates with Manjusri Bodhisattva, all of which demonstrate his great wisdom.
The festival and the Dharma talk will focus on the teaching of Vimalakīrti, and in particular chapters eight and nine of the Vimalakīrti Sutra.
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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