Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Celebrating Vesak…

Vesak is the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana according to the Theravada tradition. It is one of the most holy days in the Buddhist calendar, celebrated by Buddhists throughout the world but especially in South East Asia.

On this day, lay Buddhists offer alms to the monastic community, to practice generosity and accumulate merit. The ordained Sangha are revered as holy objects of Refuge and their presence ensures the unbroken continuity of the Buddha’s teachings in our world.

The ordained sangha of Lerab Ling, are not able to go begging for alms according to the tradition established during the life of the Buddha—this is why they are taking their begging bowl on-line!

To commemorate this holy day with an act of generosity, you can make a donation online.

This year Vesak falls on 5 May, but alms will be gratefully received throughout the whole month of May.

As is traditional for a monastic community, they will offer prayers of dedication to their sponsors and the names of all donors will be included in our practice. In addition, they will send all donors a protection cord blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and many other masters, as a gesture of thanks.

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