WESAK CELEBRATION - MAY 2014

Posted by admin on May 26, 2014

WATERLOO WELLINGTON BUDDHIST CULTURAL ASSOCIATION WESAK CELEBRATION ON MAY 25, 2014

The full moon day of month of May is the most sacred day for Therawada Buddhists. This is the day on which Prince Siddhartha was born in India, later on attained enlightenment, taught Buddhist Dhamma (path to end suffering) for over forty years and passed away. Buddhists all over the world celebrate this day with religious activities.

Out Association also planned a day of religious observances on May 25, 2014. Incumbent Chief Buddhist Monk Bhante Thammanoon and the Lao Community, very generously allowed us to have the celebrations in their Buddhist Temple, namely, Dhammaram Lao Buddhist Temple at 12, Old Mill Road, Cambridge. In the absence of a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk in our Community, Venerable Muditha Thero arranged for venerable Kadawedduwe Ghanaloka, Chief Incumbent Thero of Windsor Buddhist Vihara to conduct religious activities of the day.

Over 30 devotees observed atasil under the guidance of Venerable Gnanaloka. They listened to Buddhist sermons and spent time meditating. Offerings were made to the Triple Gem. Dana and Gilanpasa were arranged by the Association.

After atasil ended in the evening, some time was taken to conduct the Annual General meeting of the Association.

Once the AGM concluded, rest of the religious program resumed. Students of Waterloo Wellington Dhamma School and Guelph Dhamma School sang Bhakthi Gee (devotional songs). Students of Guelph Dhamma School staged a Jathaka Story.

A few wesak lanterns were on display.

Days proceedings ended after a roast paan dansala.

Board of Directors of the Association extends its gratitude to:

  • venerable Gnanaloka Thero for commuting all the way from Windsor to conduct religious activities
  • those who provided pooja items, dana and gilanpasa
  • those who donated cash and offered pirikara
  • those who spent the whole day looking after the needs of the Thero and those who observed sil
  • those few who decorated and arranged the place, served dana and gilanpasa, provided items for dana, and cleaned up the place. 
  • Bhante Thammanoon - incumbent chief Bhante and the Lao community for allowing the use of their temple


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