On July 13th, we’ll be celebrating Dharma Day, marking the Buddha’s first teaching, 10 am - 1pm.
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 Buddhist religion and it is this that Dharma Day celebrates. On Dharma Day there are often readings from the Buddhist scriptures and a chance to reflect deeply on their contents. Above all, on Dharma Day Buddhists feel profoundly grateful that the Buddha and other Enlightened masters did share their teachings with other people.
We’ll be conducting Lona Kovac’s mitra ceremony in the course of our festival day. Mitra means ‘friend’ in sanskrit. It’s a formal commitment to practice in our community. Learn more about becoming a mitrain the Triratna Buddhist Community.
All are welcome to join us for this very festive occasion.