May 2016

Visakha: Buddha's Birthday Celebration & Alms Offering
Sunday May 11th
9:45am - 2:30pm

We will celebrate Visakha Puja Day to commemorate 2,637 years since the birth of Buddha, 2,602 years since his enlightenment, and 2,557 years since his passing away. Each of these occured on the full moon day of the month of Visakha (May). This year it's on May 11th. It is an auspicious occasion to celebrate the Buddha's birthday, renew old friendships and to make new ones. If you would like to join the alms offering, you may bring food, fruit, and other basic needs for monks for the alms offering ceremony. Also you are welcome to bring prepared dishes to share for lunch. You are all welcome to bring your family and friends to participate in this Buddhist ceremony. Whenever possible the ceremonies will be bilingual, in Thai and English.

09:30am   Gathering of monks (Sangha), Buddhist lay people and                  guests
10:30am   The Triple Gem Devotional for the congregation
10:45am   The chanting of protection by the monks
11:00am   Alms offering for the monks
11:15am   Lunch served to the monks
12:00pm   Lunch for all lay people
01:30pm   The Buddha Commemoration ceremony:
                 Sermon, gift offerings to monks, blessing to all people
02:00pm   Candlelight procession in the garden to recognize                  Buddha's birthday
02:30pm   Closing

On behalf of Wat Buddhametta, all are invited to attend the ceremony. We will continue to honor Buddha by having meditation in the evening: 3:00pm - 9:00pm. Please feel free to join us.

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