Vesak Ceremony and Vesak Uposatha Observance – Sunday May 6th 2018

Dear Dhamma Friends,
Dharmapala Institute warmly invites you to participate at the annual Vesak celebration on Sunday May 6th 2018. We have the Vesak Uposatha observance program from 8.30 to 4.00 PM and the annual Vesak Buddha Pooja Ceremony in the evening, commencing at 5.00 PM. Venerable Kirinde Chandananda thero, Venerable Kannadeniye Santa thero and Venerable Weragoda Sujatha thero will be conducting the Vesak Uposatha program. At the end of the day (7.00 PM) we will have the Vesak Dansela and lighting of the lanterns.
08:30 – 09:00        Vandana & observing Sil
09:00 – 09:45        Meditation
10:00 – 11:30        Dhamma talk & discussion – Kalahavivada Sutta
                             Please find a discussion of the sutta by Ven. Mankadawala Sudassana Thero from the following link.
11:30 – 12:00        Buddha Pooja
12:00 – 01:00        Lunch
01:00 – 01:30        Walking mediation
01:30 – 03:30        Dhamma discussion – cont..    
03:30 – 04:00        Taking five precepts and end of Uposatha observance
04:00 – 04:30        Tea break (gilanpasa)
05:00 – 07:00        Vesak ceremony pooja ,  Vesak Dhamma Sermon
07:00  PM              Vesak Dansala  & Lighting Vesak lanterns
We encourage all our members to participate at the Vesak program as their time permits, and make use of this event to strengthen your own dhamma practice. You may feel free to join the meditation sessions and dhamma discussion forums at any time of day.
If you plan to attend the uposatha observance Day, you may have your breakfast at home and be present at the Dharmapala Institute premises by 8.30 AM. Kanthi and Samson Hettiarachchi are generously offering the meal-dana for the Vesak Uposatha program.
At the end of the day we will have the Vesak ceremony pooja, and Vesak dansela followed by the lighting of Vesak lanterns. Tony and Dayani Perera and family are generously offering the ‘Vesak Dansela’. 
With Metta,
The Organizing Committee
Dharmapala Institute
409 S Temple Drive 
Milpitas CA 95035
(408) 934-3985

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