Soon after his Enlightenment the Buddha rose from where he had been sitting, went to find his former disciples and shared his experience with them. This event, which happened at a place called Sarnath in northern India, might be called the start of the Buddhism. It is this that Dharma Day celebrates near the full moon in July.
On this day Buddhists can express their gratitude that the Buddha and other Enlightened masters have shared their teachings with other people.
The Dharma is the second of the three refuges Buddhists go to in order to understand the causes of suffering and the cessation of suffering.
This year you are warmly invited to attend the following programme:
11.00 am A dharma exposition and a follow up discussion.
12.30 pm A shared vegetarian lunch to which you are invited to contribute.
1.30 pm To conclude we will share a collaborative ritual in which we honour the Dharma. If you wish, please bring a short Dharma gem to read aloud. It could be a piece of Dharma that is currently impacting your practice. (3 minutes maximum )
There will be chanting and making of offerings.
Please bring a vegetarian lunch to share with others.
It will be lovely to see you and please feel free to come to as much or as little as you wish.