Shakyamuni Buddha Day (Vaishaka Day) (Online)

with Thomas Berthoff

June 5th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Vaishakha Day is a major Buddhist holiday which commemorates three major events in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha: his birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. Everyone is invited to join us for meditation, talks, and celebration. The event will be hosted via Zoom (details to come). Please register so we can stay in contact.

    We will practice the "Sadhana of the 16 Sthaviras" together, a traditional recitation practice with Shakyamuni Buddha and the 16 Sthaviras as its focus. The center is offering two classes the weekend before Vaishaka Day about the Buddha and his main students that will give context and background information useful in understanding the sadhana (https://philadelphia.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=450348)

    The Sanskrit word "sthavira" means "elder". These 16 elders were chosen by the Buddha to protect and propagate the Buddhadharma. Here's more on the 16 Sthaviras and some background on the practice: http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Sixteen_Arhats

    The liturgy for the program will be shared on screen in the Zoom meeting. It is a public liturgy that can be practiced by anyone, and is available for purchase from the Nalanda Translation Committee: https://www.nalandatranslation.org/publications/public-texts/liturgy-of-the-sixteen-sthaviras/
     
    This program is offered free of charge, but all donations are greatly appreciated