What are you doing for Vesakha Puja/Visakha Bucha/Wesak?

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What are you doing for Vesakha Puja/Visakha Bucha/Wesak?

Post by sukhamanveti » Thu May 13, 2010 5:47 pm

Hi, everyone.

As most of you know, many Theravada Buddhists will honor the birth, enlightenment, and parinibbana of the Buddha this month. Vesakha Puja (Pali) is a time of giving, good deeds, setting animals free, pilgrimage/procession/circumnambulation with candles, special precepts, listening to Dhamma, chanting the good qualities of the Three Jewels, etc.

What do you think is a meaningful way to honor the Buddha for Vesakha Puja? Does your wat or your family have its own unique traditions for this time of year? For those individuals who intend to do something special in remembrance of the Buddha: what are you planning to do?

Thank you in advance to anyone willing to share.
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Re: What are you doing for Vesakha Puja/Visakha Bucha/Wesak?

Post by Sanghamitta » Thu May 13, 2010 5:53 pm

Our Wat has a big Puja with lots of flowers, and people bring a large Dana meal enough for everyone. Its good fun.
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Re: What are you doing for Vesakha Puja/Visakha Bucha/Wesak?

Post by Phra Chuntawongso » Thu May 13, 2010 7:14 pm

As I do not know where my nearest temple is(I am new to england)and I will be expected to work,I will just try to live and work with integrity whilst taking 8 precepts for the day.
This means I will not be on-line that day.
I hope you all have a great Wesak no matter where and how you you will celebrate it.
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Post by Cittasanto » Thu May 13, 2010 8:33 pm

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Post by retrofuturist » Fri May 14, 2010 12:04 am


It'll just be the standard Eight Precepts for me.

Such is life in a non Theravada family, in a non Theravada area.

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Re: What are you doing for Vesakha Puja/Visakha Bucha/Wesak?

Post by DNS » Fri May 14, 2010 1:38 am

My wife and kids are Theravada but (understandably) don't like to go to the traditional Sri Lankan service at the local vihara. It is almost 100 percent in Sinhalese and lots of chanting and ceremonies.

So we usually just do the 8 precepts at home, except for sometimes getting a cake to celebrate. We do that so it will be more of a festive occasion (for them), something that they can enjoy, rather than long ceremonies.

At North Hollywood this Saturday, Bhante Punnaji will be one of the monks leading an English language program which I would have really liked to attend, but unfortunately we will be traveling that day.

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Post by Ben » Fri May 14, 2010 2:58 am

On Sunday I've organised a one-day silent vipassana meditation 'course' for my co-practitioners. It will be a very small gathering, with two assistant teachers I think we have six people in total. Small, but intense.
While not quite on the Visakha, I think its close enough and I think a benefical way to pay homage to our great teacher.
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Post by Dan74 » Fri May 14, 2010 3:36 am

We (the gang and I) will go to Federation Square for some ceremonies and celebration. I don't tend to go for these things because I find them tedious and for the last 6 years we've gone to my teacher's centre for Buddha's Birthday. But unfortunately this year due to poor health and other commitments she is not putting it on there. It's always been a lot of fun, because the property is adjacent to a National Park, there was lantern-making for the kids, lots of yummie food and a good dharma talk with a ceremony and chanting. Typically 30-50 people would come and it was still personal and real.

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