Event Dates: Friday, July 31, 2015

DharmaDay_smPlease 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.”

Led by: TBA
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations Appreciated
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
The Generosity Kula invites everyone – each time time they come to Aryaloka – to bring one item for our collection boxes in the entryway. We are collecting non-perishable food items, personal care/cleaning products, or warm clothing items. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.