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2019 Visakhabucha Day Ceremony

Visakhabucha Day is a full moon day in the sixth lunar month. It is considered the most important day in Buddhism because it combines three important days of the Buddha‘s life. These days are the Day of Birth, the Enlightenment Day, and the Day of Death. The Day of Birth is the day that the Buddha was given birth by his mother under a Bodhi tree in Lumpini Forest. This forest is located between Kabilpus and Tewataha, and is currently known as the town of Ruminday in Nepal. Enlightenment Day is the day that the Buddha had ultimately attained enlightenment. He did this by achieving three types of wisdom within three nights of his meditation. On the first night, he gained knowledge of the events during his past lives. On the second night, he was able to ascertain the moment of death of all animals and beings. On the last night, the Buddha was able to find the way to end all suffering. It was during this last night that the Buddha was finally enlightened at the age of 45. The Day of Death is the day that the Buddha passed away. He was said to be meditating in a forest located adjacent to the town of Kusinara. He was 80 years of age and had been in monkhood for 51 years. This year the full moon day in the sixth lunar month is Saturday May 18th. For convenience of the majority of our members, Wat Buddharangsi will observe Visakhabucha Day on Sunday May 19, 2019. The schedule is as follows:

Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 03:00 AM

Location: Wat Buddharangsri, Miami, Florida, USA

Cost: Free

Featuring:

Sunday, May 19, 2019
06:00 AM Monks, the 8 precepts participants and public perform morning chant
07:00 AM Offer breakfast to monks and the 8 percepts participants
10:00 AM Monks, the 8 precepts participants and public perform morning chant
11:00 AM Offer lunch to monks and the 8 percepts participants
01:00 PM Public led by monks carry candle, incenses and flower walking clockwise three times around the religious hall
01:30 PM Listen to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings)
03:00-5:00 PM Buddhism and meditation lessons
06:00 PM Monks, the 8 precepts participants and public perform evening

We would like to invite you to participate in the ordination accepting the 8 precepts and join in meditation, collection of merit, and listening to Dharma teachings.

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