Buddhist Vihara Society, Inc.
5017-16TH St NW Washington DC 20011
International Vesak Celebration
Sunday May 13, 2012 (8am to 5pm)
Dear Members and Friends,
On May 13th 2012 The Washington Buddhist Vihara will be celebrating VESAK, to commemorate the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Passing away of the Buddha. This is undoubtedly the most sacred day of the Buddhist calendar. The Washington Buddhist Vihara and the IBC ( The International Buddhist Committee of Greater Washington Area) have put together a very stimulating program that would enrich the lives of all participants.
Please come and experience the spiritual bliss at the Vihara and pay your greatest homage to the Buddha. Obseving 8 precepts will start at 8 am. Friends, who like to participate in the International Vesak Celebration, please be at the Vihara by 9 am.A colorful VESAK procession going around the block will start by 9 am. Please bring your kids with bicycles or tricycles decorated with flowers and Buddhist flags and so on to participate in the procession.
9:00 AM International Vesak opens with circumambulation (Perahara) and bathing the image of the newborn Buddha
9:30 AM Children’s (From various Nations) flower offering
9:45 AM Welcome speech
11:00 AM Lunch for Bhikkhu Sangha followed by lunch for lay people
12:30 PM Group Photo
12:45 PM Meditation session
1:15 PM Cultural Program / Religious Program Small Groups
3:45 PM Closing Ceremony of the International VESAK.
Up to 3.45 PM The program will be conducted in English.
* 4.00 PM Dhamma Desana in Sinhalese
* 4.45 PM Bodhi Pooja and Paritta Chanting
* 5.30 PM Programme Ends
Please come to the temple to participate in this noble deed.
Bhante Dhammasiri Susan Singh
President Executive Secretary