Monday, May 16, 2011

Vesak - Sacramento Buddha Day

May 28th & 29th

What is Vesak? Well, that’s a bit hard to answer. In a nutshell, it's a celebration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death. The dates of Vesak vary as it's based on a lunar calendar, but generally it falls on a full moon in May or the beginning of June. For me it’s a day to reflect and celebrate with other spiritual seekers the wisdom of the Dharma. Whether you are Buddhist or not, there are some serious lessons within the Dharma on something we all want for ourselves and our loved ones – how to be happy. For that reason, if no other, celebrating Vesak (or Buddha Day) is a wonderful excuse to join this festival and see what all the fuss is about.

The celebration begins on Saturday night with a candlelight prayer for peace. Everyone is welcome to join. The main festivities though are on Sunday beginning as early as 8 am and going till 6 pm. There will be International dances, foods, speakers, and multiple activities throughout the day – so something for everyone! I am so looking forward to this!  And it's FREE!!!

The festivities will be held at Kim Quang Temple, 3119 Alta Arden Expressway, Sacramento 95825.

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