This coming Saturday 5 May 2012 is Vesak Day. The entire weekend is filled with celebrations all over the world where Buddhists commemorate and celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana 2,600 years ago.
It is a time when followers of all Buddhist traditions pay homage to the Buddha with extensive offerings of lights, flowers, incense and other offerings. It is a time to recall the immense kindness of the Buddha for bestowing the 84,000 teachings of the Dharma and to honour those great teachings by strengthening one’s resolve to practise the path to liberation and enlightenment.
Below are the Vesak programs of both Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling and Amitabha Buddhist Centre. Do participate in these merit-multiplying celebrations. I would be there if you wish to meet me and say hi, just drop me an email or send me a message in Life of Lopsided 8 Facebook Page before 4 May. See you there!
Puja with ritual offerings, prayers, and obeisance to Shakyamuni Buddha and the 16 Arhats. The main point of the puja is to develop one’s faith in the Buddha and collect vast merits by thinking about the wonderful things he has done – both in his countless previous lives as a bodhisattva and in his life as Shakyamuni, feeling joyful about them and making offerings, both real and visualized. One also purifies one’s negative karmas by confessing them with regret and creates further merits by auspicious wishes and prayers for the flourishing of the Buddha’s doctrine.
Light offering & circumambulation & Individual blessings (5 May Saturday, 9.30 pm)
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Tara Puja (4 May Friday, 4pm)
Making prayers to Arya Tara, the female embodiment of the Buddha’s enlightened activity can swiftly fulfil all wishes.
Maitreya Buddha Puja (5 May Saturday, 9 am)
Maitreya Buddha Puja (5 May Saturday, 9 am)
Offer prayers to and receive blessings of auspiciousness from the Buddha who will come to benefit our world in the next age, Maitreya.
White Dzambhala Wealth Deity Puja (5 May Saturday, 2.30 pm)
White Dzambhala is an aspect of Chenrezig (Guan Yin) manifesting as a deity of wealth. This puja can be dedicated to attract wealth in all its forms into one’s life.
Due to the power of the promise made by the Seven Medicine Buddhas to help all sentient beings while they were on the bodhisattva path, any prayers or supplications to them is said to bring about great success.
Vajravidarana Purification Puja (6 May Sunday, right after the Medicine Buddha Puja)
During this puja, prayers are performed to purify one’s body, speech and mind of all diseases and contamination including paralysis.
Namgyalma Puja with 1,000 Offerings (6 May Sunday, 2 pm)
Namgyalma is one of the three main long life deities in Tibetan Buddhism. Prayers will be made to Namgyalma together with an extensive presentation of 1,000 offerings to dedicate for the long and healthy lives of all sponsors.
Light offering & circumambulation (5 & 6 May, 8.30 pm)
Dharma talk by Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi: “Becoming Wealthy & Staying Healthy” (4 May Friday, 7.30 pm)
Taking the 8 Mahayana Precepts from Khen Rinpoche (5 May Saturday, 6 am) – For those who have already received Buddhist refuge, here is an opportunity to deepen your practice by taking the 8 Mahayana Precepts on Vesak Day itself. Following Buddhist custom, join in this pre-dawn ceremony to receive the one-day precepts of abstaining from killing, stealing, lying, and so forth with the motivation of benefiting all sentient beings. (Click here for a full explanation on the 8 Mahayana Precepts.)
- Taking Refuge & 5 Precepts from Khen Rinpoche (5 May Saturday, 7.30 pm)
– By popular demand, ABC provides this precious opportunity on the auspicious occasion of Vesak for anyone who wishes to take refuge for the first time in the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and receive Buddhist precepts. (Click here to download an explanation of Refuge and the 5 precepts)
- Free distribution of Dzambhala wealth deity amulets (5 May Saturday, 4 pm) –
A limited number of these Dzambhala wealth amulets will be available first-come first-served during the blessing ceremony to be conducted by Khen Rinpoche.
- Free distribution of sacred Chenrezig (Guan Yin) mandala sand – limited supply and are available first-come first-served.