GB Vihara Wesak 2013

Georgia Buddhist Vihara Wesak, the Triple Anniversary Program, Will Be Observed On Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Georgia Buddhist Vihara wishes you a happy and peaceful Wesak!.

Wesak full moon day has for centuries been regarded as the Buddha Day. For it was on a Wesak full moon day that three major events occurred in the life of the Sakyan prince, Siddhartha Gautama.   On the Wesak full moon day Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini Park on the Nepal frontier; on this day Prince Siddhartha became the Buddha by attaining Enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya; and, finally, the the Buddha passed away near Kushinagara.  For this reason, Buddhists from all over the world celebrate with whole-hearted devotion the Triple Anniversary Day of Wesak. For the true follower of the Buddha and the Buddhist path, there is no greater day than Wesak poya which symbolizes peace, love, and piety.

This year, the Georgia Buddhist Vihara’s Wesak program will consist of various opportunities for devotees to attend and participate in this great day of auspiciousness.  Participants will have the opportunity to make Wesak lanterns, Sunday school children and community elders will perform traditional devotional songs, an award ceremony for Sunday school children, and the offering of dinner for participants (dansala).  Participants will have the opportunity to observe the eight precepts (Sil) as part of the Wesak program from 7:30am till 5:00 pm.  All participants are welcome and encouraged to be on time.

Wesak Program (Sunday, May 26)

07.30 amObservance of the Eight Precepts Observation (Sil), Buddha Puja and Heel Dana
08.30 amBreak for Tea/Coffee
09.00 amVipassana/Mindfulness Meditation guided by Bhante Wajirabuddhi Thera
10.00 amObservance of the Sil for children. Children will observe the Eight Precepts until 2 pm.
11.00 amBuddha Puja
11.20 amDana offering to the monks and those who observe Sil. Parents and other devotees will contribute dishes for the Dana. If you would like to contribute for the Dana, please follow the link to signup.
12.00 pmLunch for all program participants
01.45 pmTermination of Sil for Children
01:00 pmAbhidhamma teaching by Dr. Deeptha Jayaratne
02.30 pmBreak
02.45 pmGroup Dhamma Discussion by Bhante Wajirabodhi and Bhante Wajirakitti Theras (There will be a separate discussion for children and youth.)
04.00 pmTermination of Sil for adults,   Atavisi Buddha Puja, Pirith chanting, Dhamma talks.
05.00 pm Atavisi Buddha Puja to invoke blessings on  Tamara Jayatilake
6.00 pmCommencement of Bakthi gee and award ceremony
Speech by Ven.Panamwela Wajirabuddhi
Distribution of Awards to the Dhamma school children
Sadhu sadhu kiya Bakthi geetha from the youngest group of children in Daham pasala
Dam suwandai Bakthi geetha performed by The whole  primary class
Ven Wajirabodhi’s class presenting Bakthi geetha
Pearl Vidanage's Budhu bathi gee
Kusum pipeela song sung by the parents of Daham pasala
Danno budunge song performed by parents, Daminda's presentation
Selecting the best made Kudu (creativity effort, Kudu competition)
Dansala:  Providing dinner for all participants.

Sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhitattā!

May all beings have happy minds!

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