We celebrate four principal Buddhist festivals through the year:
Parinirvana Day — February: commemorating the Buddha’s final passing away, this offers an opportunity for us to consider death and impermanence in our own lives
Buddha Day — May: sometimes known as Wesak. Our most important festival, when we celebrate the Buddha gaining Enlightenment
Dharma Day — July: it’s one thing to become awakened oneself, but quite another to communicate to others how to achieve this. The Buddha did it!
Sangha Day — November: celebrating the spiritual community, all those who practise the Dharma
What happens during festivals?
The Sangha traditionally gathers on festival days to meditate, hear and discuss teachings, enjoy spiritual friendship (and nice food!) and often will include ‘puja’, or devotional ritual. Puja is usually led at the Centre in call and response, and is practised to develop our spiritual emotions alongside our meditation and ethical practice.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this course – the Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism – and hope to incorporate certain aspects in my daily life.