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We offer you a place where your knowledge can grow and you can focus on a way of life and living that leads to greater understanding and achievement along the Lord Buddha's great path.
Visakha Bucha (Vesak) means the worship of the Buddha on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month. Visakha Bucha falls on the full moon of the sixth month of the lunar year (around the middle of May on the international calendar).
It is one of the most important days for Buddhists because on this day the Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment on his 35th birthday, and died at the age of eighty under the two Sal trees in the Sala Grove of the Mallas in Kusinara. All three of these significant events fell on the same day.
Visakha Bucha is usually celebrated with a public sermon during the day and a candle lit procession to pay respect to the Lord Buddha during the night. It is also a day when many choose to observe Uposatha, taking the Eight Precepts and participating in extended practice at a temple or at home. For all it is an opportunity to recollect the great wisdom, purity and compassion of the Buddha.
We hope you will join our community at Wat Sacramento Buddhavanaram in observing Visakha Bucha 2013.
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Temple gates open - commuity gathers
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Meal offering to the monks inside the temple
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Lay community shares lunch meal
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Religious ceremony, lay community requests the Five or Eight Precepts, Phapa ceremony, monks chanting and Dhamma talk, candlelight procession around main temple hall
Uposatha participants taking the Eight Precepts should wear modest, white attire in accordance with Buddhist tradition.
Adult classes are held every Sunday, beginning June 2nd 2013 thru October 27th 2013, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is no fee or tuition for these classes. Students may choose to donate to the temple.
Register at the temple on June 2nd. For additional information, please email mwaldo AT succeed DOT net, and include "Adult Thai Language Class" in the subject.
Of paths, the eightfold is best. Of truths, the four sayings. Of qualities, dispassion. Of two-footed beings, the one with the eyes to see. Dhammapada - 273
Every day, and in every moment of each and every day, we are fortunate to have this valuable opportunity. Which opportunity? The rare chance to be aware of and to carefully follow the path and practice that the Buddha discovered and delivered to us.
The times we are in now may appear to be difficult but we should take a moment to consider the cycle of cause and effect that has been in motion throughout time. This lifetime, this human birth, is a treasure we have earned in the past and it should be carefully guarded in the present.
Develop the virtue, commit to the precepts, engage in the practice, and strive for the release the Buddha has made available - if only by our own effort.
We are fortunate for many reasons. First, our birth in this human realm is a rare and auspicious opportunity. Second, we exist in a time when the Buddha and the Four Noble Truths are known. Lastly, it is possible to achieve the goal, the deathless, with right effort and we are free to attempt just that.
Seek a capable teacher, make your practice diligent and right, and reap the benefits of this fortunate opportunity.
Atītaṃ nānvāgameyya Nappaṭikaṅkhe anāgataṃ Yad'atītam-pahīnantaṃ Appattañca anāgataṃ
He would not range after the past, Nor wonder about the future. What is past has been left behind, The future is as yet unreached.
Paccuppannañca yo dhammaṃ Tatha tatha vipassati Asaṃhiraṃ asaṅkuppaṃ Taṃ viddhā manubrūhaye
Whatever phenomenon is present, he clearly sees right there, right there. Unvanquished, unshaken, That is how he develops the mind.
Ajjeva kiccam-ātappaṃ Ko jaññā maraṇaṃ suve Na hi no saṅgarantena Mahāsenena maccunā
Doing his duty ardently, today, For — who knows? — tomorrow death may come. There is no bargaining With Death & his mighty horde.
Evaṃ vihārim-ātāpiṃ Aho-rattam-atanditaṃ Taṃ ve bhaddeka-ratto'ti Santo ācikkhate munīti.
Whoever lives thus ardently, relentlessly both day & night, has truly had an auspicious day: So says the Peaceful Sage.
— An Auspsicious Day — Access to Insight
And what is meant by admirable friendship? There is the case where a lay person, in whatever town or village he may dwell, spends time with householders or householders' sons, young or old, who are advanced in virtue. He talks with them, engages them in discussions. He emulates consummate conviction in those who are consummate in conviction, consummate virtue in those who are consummate in virtue, consummate generosity in those who are consummate in generosity, and consummate discernment in those who are consummate in discernment. This is called admirable friendship.
— Dighajanu Sutta – Anguttara Nikaya 8.54
Thus spoke the Buddha:
A lay-follower (upasaka) who has five qualities is a jewel of a lay-follower, is like a lily, like a lotus. What are these five qualities? He has faith; he is virtuous; he is not superstitious; he believes in action (kamma) and not in luck or omen; he does not seek outside (of the Order) for those worthy of support and does not attend there first.
— Anguttara Nikaya 5.175