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Buddha Day – in the footsteps of The Buddha

Sunday, May 26th @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The Buddha Festival Day celebrates the day that Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment in India 2500 years ago and became the Buddha whose teaching we follow.

This year we explore the life of the Buddha through the important events and significant places in his life in northern India including his birth at Lumbini. His enlightenment at Bodhgaya. His first teaching at Sarnath and his Parinivana at Kusanagara.

Short talks will each be followed by a brief period of meditation. The day will finish with a puja (Buddhist ritual).

Please bring some vegan food to share at lunchtime.

It’s Buddha Day so please bring with you a rupa (Buddha figure) if you have one!

Timetable (approximate!)

  • 9:30am Doors open
  • 10:00 Introduction & Tiratana Vandana
  • 10:30 Birth & Going Forth (Lumbin & Kaplavastu) Talk & meditation
  • 11:15 tea
  • 11:45 The Buddha’s Enlightenment (Bodhgaya) Talk & Meditation
  • 12:30 – 13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 The Buddha’s first teaching (Sarnath) Talk & Meditation
  • 14:00 Tea
  • 14:20 The Buddha’s Paranirvana Talk & Meditation
  • 15:00 Shakyamuni Puja
  • 16:00 Close

How to join

No need to book. Just turn up. Please bring a rupa (Buddha figure) and some vegan food to share at lunchtime.

The event is offered without charge but please remember that the Centre is powered by your generosity. GIVING PAGE

Frequently asked questions

Is this event suitable for me?

This event is suitable for those familiar with our two meditations, The Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

Do I need to pay?

These events are offered without charge however we encourage donations on every visit to the Centre. There is a contactless donation system at the Centre or you can donate online using the link above.

Do I need to book?

No. Just turn up. Please bring vegan food to share at lunchtime to share.

The Team

This event is brought to you by the very wonderful Men’s GFR Group

4 Friars Bridge Road
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1RR United Kingdom
01473 211516
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