Vesak Day Celebration 2013

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:: Vesak Day ::

Vesak Poster (Resized) Cropped

 

 

 

 

 

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Vesak is the name of the sixth lunar calendar month. This month became special when in the same full moon nights of Vesak:

1) Prince Siddhatha was born,
2) At 35, the Prince attained enlightenment, becoming Lord Buddha.
3) Lord Buddha passed away into the Nibbana (Nirvana).

Normally, the full-moon night of Vesak would fall upon the month of May.  This year, on Friday 24th May, at the Johannesburg Meditation Centre (JMC), we celebrate the auspicious moment at our place in Halfway House, Johannesburg.

We start at 18h00 by meditation, followed by candle lighting and a peaceful procession called ‘circumumbulation.’

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 Programme
Vesak Day Celebration (วิสาขบูชา)

(Day of Birth, Enlightenment and Nibbana of Lord Buddha)
วันประสูติ ตรัสรู้ และปรินิพพาน ของพระสัมมาสัมพุทธเจ้า

On Friday 24th May 2013 (2556 B.E.)
วันศุกร์ที่ 24 พฤษภาคม พ.ศ. 2556

At the Johannesburg Meditation Centre (JMC), Halfway House
วัดพระธรรมกายโจฮันเนสเบิร์ก (มิดแรนด์)

Presided by the Royal Thai Ambassador
ฯพณฯ เอกอัครราชทูตไทย นายนนทศิริ บุรณศิริ เป็นประธานในพิธี

 

Schedule (กำหนดการ)

18.00     Lighting Lanterns. Opening speech by the Royal Thai Ambassador.
.             จุดประทีป. ท่านทูตกล่าวเปิดงาน.

18.15    Speech by Ven. Somsak: Importance of Vesak Day
.             พระอาจารย์เทศน์ถึงความสำคัญของวันวิสาขบูชา.

18.30    Offering flowers to Lord Buddha & Chanting. บูชาดอกไม้และบุปผามาลา.

18.40     Dhamma teaching by Ven. Somsak. พระธรรมเทศนา.

18.45    Meditation. ปฏิบัติธรรม.

19.00    Vesak Candle Light Ceremony. Circumambulation. เวียนเทียน.

19.30    Refreshment. End.  อาหารว่าง. สาธุชนทยอยกลับ.

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Please wear white as a symbol to the tradition of peace.
กรุณาแต่งกายสีขาว อันเป็นสัญลักษณ์และวัฒนธรรมของานบุญ.

 

Vesak Poster (Resized)

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Vesak Candlelight in Homage to Lord Buddha


The full moon night of Vesak marks the greatest celebration on earth. Prince Siddhartha came to be born on earth with the purpose of enlightenment. He was born to be the light of the world on which all sentient beings have been suffering in the never-ending samsara.

This is the first joy of the Vesak Day!

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The Prince was soon to ascend the throne. At the age of 29 — just after the new-born son got delivered — he renounced all the royal might. After 6 years in search of the righteous path to enlightenment, the Middle Path was revealed to Him in His meditation. After attaining the Dhammakaya on the full moon night of Vesak, Prince Siddhartha became the first Enlightened One, thus, the Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha is the supreme person of no defilement. Countless number of devas and humans gained enlightenment after practicing his dhamma teachings.

This is the second joy of the Vesak Day!

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The world was bright with the light of peace from his teachings. People of all castes had equal chance to get inner peace. For 45 years since the Enlightenment, it had been a period of peace of humanity. Lord Buddha is so supreme and unparalleled by any master in human history.

 

Only a tiny fraction of His wisdom…
Will make us the most intelligent person on earth.

Only a tiny fraction of His purity…
Will make us the most flawless person on earth.

Only a tiny fraction of His compassion…
Will make us the most beloved person on earth.

 

 

On the exact full moon day of Vesak — 45 years after His enlightenment — He passed away with utmost serenity. His teachings remain the light of peace for all beings. The dhamma is timeless. As long as one practices the dhamma, one can still attain enlightenment. Lord Buddha has left the greatest spiritual treasure for countless generations to enjoy.

This is the third joy of the Vesak Day!

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This year Vesak Day falls on Tuesday 17th May 2011. At the Johannesburg Meditation Centre (JMC), South Africa, the Celebration of Vesak will witness peoples of all walks of life — those peaceseekers alike. The Candlelight in homapge to Lord Buddha on the day of His Birth, Enlightenment and Nirvana will be peaceful and radiating in every mind of those who attend.

This is the forth joy of the Vesak Day!


 

The evening celebration is breathtaking yet very peaceful. In the Buddhist culture, circumambulation is a way to express respect to the holy one. Peace lovers gather for one shared goal: peace.

Candles on hand, the humble mind worships the Lord Buddha. Bring about the light in front to shine inside the mind. Meditate along with the chanting song. Carry forward with you the light of peace to share…

This is another joy of the Vesak Day!




More reading on Vesak:

http://dhammakaya.net/activities/annual-activities/vesak

 

 

 

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