Festivals are an important aspect of Buddhist tradition. These days are important for members of the Triratna Buddhist Community to gather for collective practice, to express devotion and gratitude for the three jewels (triratna) of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Events are also held to commemorate the Buddha's final passing away (parinirvana) and to celebrate the great teacher Padmasambhava.
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Event Dates: Friday, July 31, 2015
Please join us as we celebrate the Buddha’s decision to teach the Dharma! We will listen to and consider a few verses in the Buddha’s words followed by an expression of devotion for the Buddha and the gift he has given us.
Sangharakshita explains the meaning of this festival in this excerpt from the talk The New Man Speaks given on Dhamma Day in 1971:
“On the occasion of Dhamma Day we do not celebrate the Dhamma in the sense of any particular rigid formulation of the Truth, any particular text or scripture – however useful, however ancient, or however inspiring.
“What we celebrate is the first impact of the Enlightened Man on the unenlightened, the first impact of the New Man on the old men. This impact finds expression in terms of speech, but it is not confined to speech. Today we are celebrating the impact of the New Man on the ‘old men’ and ‘old women’ of the present generation: upon ourselves.
“Life today is a complicated and sometimes difficult business. It is full of distractions – as though there are lots of clutching fingers trying to get at us, trying to take hold of us, all the time. Under such conditions it is only too easy to forget what is really the main purpose of human existence. It is only too easy to ignore, or forget, the possibility of developing oneself, of growing in the direction of Enlightenment. Occasions such as this festival help us to remember.”
|Times:||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|Level:||Open to All|