The Festival of the Buddha’s Enlightenment
Sat. 7th Dec., 10:00 am-4:00 pm
In the story of the Buddha's Enlightenment, the Buddha had spent many years following ascetic practices in his search for the truth. Close to death as a result of these hardships, he realised that this was not the way, and after eating a meal decided to sit in meditation as he had done naturally as a child. As he sat in meditation, many thoughts, feelings and memories arose which could have distracted him from his purpose, but the Buddha continued to sit. As the morning star arose he gained a deep insight into the nature of existence.
This insight is central to the teaching and practice of Buddhism, and we traditionally celebrate the Festival of the Buddha's Enlightenment at the beginning of December each year.
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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