Shakyamuni Puja for Buddha’s Birthday (SAKA DAWA)
Thursday 23 May @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us on Saka Dawa in a joyful ceremony celebrating Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. This offering puja is a beautiful practice, sung in English, with praises to the Buddha, copious offerings, and delicious chai tea. View the giant applique thangka of the Buddha, offer a khata and make aspirational prayers for your own Dharma journey, and strew flowers to the ten directions!
This is the holiest day on the Buddhist calendar, and a deeply moving and uplifting event. The power of everything we do on this day is greatly magnified, so it is a great day for spiritual activity, making offerings, and re-setting the direction of your life.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche emphasises how the Shakyamuni Puja is so important, as a practice that purifies the obstacles and accumulates the necessary conditions – the merits – that are done in order to receive blessings, and for the mind to enter into the graduated path. The major steps on path to enlightenment are included in this ceremony, as it is based around the 7-limb practice.
You will also have the opportunity to make special prayers for sick family members, for the success of projects and endeavours, the removal of obstacles, and the flourishing of Dharma and the resources for a meaningful life.
If you bring offerings to the puja, please make sure they are commercially wrapped, as most of the offering we distribute the to the needy at a later date.
This ceremony will be led by:
Miffi MaxmillionRegistered FPMT Teacher
The Spiritual Program Co-ordinator of LTC, leading beginner’s courses since 1998. With a background in circus and costumes, Miffi lends a contemporary flavour to both Buddhist psychology and ritual ceremonies.
Yes – you can just come on the night, but your RSVP helps us plan – thank you!
Donate to the offerings:
Give the gift of generosity and make mountains of merit! If you can’t make it to the puja, you can still be involved by donating to the offerings and chai by sponsoring the ceremony. Email us a dedication to be read out during the event, or send an eCard or tribute.