The monastery invites you to our Vesākha (Wesak) festival, also known as ‘Buddha Day’, on Sunday May 12.
This is the public celebration of the three key events in the Buddha’s life that are traditionally considered to have taken place on the full moon of May: his birth, awakening to full enlightenment under the bodhi tree at the age of thirty five, and his final passing away, parinibbāna, aged eighty.
The day will start in the Temple at 10.00 am with taking precepts and Paritta chanting. This is followed by a rice Pindapata or alms-round at approx. 10.45 am and the meal offering. This will be followed by Dhamma talks in the afternoon, starting at approx. 1.30 pm.
This year we will be joined by two very senior monks of the Wat Pah Pong Sangha: Luang Por Damrong, abbot of Wat Pleumpatana, Buriram, Thailand and Luang Por Sophon, abbot of Wat Beunglattiwan, Ayutaya, Thailand. Both are staying at Amaravati from 10th -17th May.
The day will close around 3.30 – 4.00 pm with tea in the sālā.
We look forward to seeing you on this festival day.