Friday, 21 May 2010

Lotus Lantern Festival (and Wesak in the West Wight)

As we have pointed out in previous posts, differing Buddhist cultures celebrate differing things at Wesak..... the Buddha's birth, his enlightenment, his death or passing into Paranibbana. Sometimes it is all three, sometimes there are separate festivals for just one aspect. Today the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism is celebrating the Buddha's Birthday on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month (May 21 this year) with its annual Lotus Lantern Festival, or the "Yeondeunghoe."

On a similar note, the West Wight Sangha will, for the second year running, be hosting our own Wesak celebrations later this month on Sunday the 30th. All are welcome, please feel free to bring along family and friends to Yew Tree Cottage, Weston Road, Totland Bay PO39 0EY. Please bring vegetarian food to share; we kick off at 12:00 and aim to carry on till about 17:00 (or until you've had enough).

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