Every year, Buddhists around the world celebrate Vesak (commemoration of Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Passing) on the full moon day of May. Each Buddhist organization would hold its own celebration. Last year, Buddhist monks and nuns from different traditions in B.C. decided to join together and celebrate the Vesak as an United Sangha, inviting the community to also join them to pray together for World Peace.
This year, the United Sangha will host the Vesak celebration on June 4, 2016 at the Van Tech Auditorium*. In unity, pray and meditate for World Peace. To build up the spiritual synergy amongst the participants, the program is centered on the sharing of Buddha’s wisdom, knowledge and compassionate practices.
It is free admission. As free vegetarian lunch will be offered, please RSVP so that we have an estimate of the number of attendees.
|09:30 – 10:00||Purification ceremony|
|10:00 – 10:30||Buddhist chanting from different traditions|
|10:30 – 11:00||Chanting of Buddham Saranam Gacchami|
|11:00 – 11:30||Bathing Buddha Ritual|
|11:45 – 12:45||Lunch (Please return to the Auditorium by 12:45)|
|13:00 – 13:15||Performances|
|13:15 – 14:30||Dharma Forum Topic: “Inner Peace leads to World Peace”|
|14:20 – 14:40||Guided meditation and contemplation|
|14:50 – 15:00||Loving-kindness meditation|
|15:00||Performance of the song “Imagine”|
Description of Program
The United Sangha monastic members will lead the procession to purify the place of practice by chanting of mantra according to the difference traditions. The purpose is to change the energy of the room into a frequency conducive to spiritual practice.
Monastics from different traditions will chant in their own language to pray for world peace.
Bathing Buddha Ritual
Over 2500 years ago, at Lumbini Park in Nepal, on Vesakha Full Moon Day, the Queen Maha Maya gave birth to a prince, Gautama Siddharta, who was to become the Buddha.
The ritual and its meaning: One scoops the water with the ladle and pours it over the baby Prince statue, thinking as one pours the water, one is also cleansing the greed, aversion, and ignorance within oneself.
Buddhists devotees from the participating monastic organizations will prepare delicious vegetarian food for lunch to offer to the monastics as well as for everyone attending the event.
Ten monastic panelists will share their views on how “Inner Peace leads to World Peace”.
Guided meditation and contemplation
In the busy modern world, many people are stressed, frustrated, depressed, scattered minded. Practicing meditation can help to calm the “monkey mind”, and develop positive energy and inner peace.