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Ipswich Buddhist Centre celebrated Buddha Day with a day of activities organised in the town’s Christchurch Park. 

The Reg Driver Visitors Centre hosted the event, to celebrate the day on which, over 2,500 years ago, the Buddha gained enlightenment.

There was a good turnout from the sangha, with a beautiful shine which included rupas from many of the sangha members.

The following is the text of an introductory talk given at the commencement of the Walk in the Footsteps of the Buddha retreat incorporating the Buddha Day Festival at Vijayaloka Retreat centre.

Two and a half thousand years ago far away in the Ganges Valley, during the full moon in May, the world changed completely: an Awakened being arose in the world. Siddhatha Gautama become the Buddha.

Today is Buddha Day - the full moon on which the Buddha is traditionally said to have gained Enlightenment.

To mark the day, Clear Vision brings us Newbyte 3: the latest of their twice-yearly video roundups of news from the world of Triratna (55 minutes).
NewsByte 3 includes stories about 

Dublin Buddhist Centre Chair Jnanadhara writes to say their Centre is on TV yet again!
Croydon celebrated a beautiful earthy Buddha day on Sunday with the theme of Touching the Earth of Confidence. Prajnamala and the shrine team created an amazing shrine with soil, plants and flowers surrounding an image of the Earth Goddess and the Buddha. The day led by Prajnamala, Dhammavijaya and Hridayamati explored our relationship with Mara and how to work with lossening the grip. As well as having a great turn out ad amazing shared lunch, we were really blessed by the weather and could enjoy the garden.
A lovely set of photos from our Dharma brothers and sisters in Spain, as they celebrate Buddha Day (Wesak) 2014.
David Cameron, UK prime minister, has issued this greeting for Wesak (also known as Vesak or Buddha Day. Theravadin Buddhists mark the Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment and parinirvana on this day.)

“I’d like to send my best wishes to Buddhists in Britain and around the world celebrating Vesak, the sacred festival commemorating the birth, enlightenment and the passing away (Parinirvana) of the Buddha.
How about giving your friends a Windhorse Publications eGift Card this Buddha Day? A perfect present for new mitras, the eGift Card can be redeemed by your recipient for any books, DRM-free eBooks or CDs on our website. You can decide the value of the eGift Card – from £15 to £50.
Samachitta shares this lovely gallery of images from Birmingham Buddhist Centre’s celebration of Buddha Day 2014!
This week marks the Triratna Community’s celebration of the Buddhist festival of Wesak, or Buddha Day, and The Buddhist Centre Online is the perfect place to celebrate together - to see the smiling faces of our brothers and sisters from all over the world reflecting on the Buddha’s Enlightenment.

Some centres have already held their events, and some are still upcoming, so stay tuned and +follow the Community Highlights space as we collect together any postings from around the globe. Our hope is to have a rich collection of photos, videos, audio talks and more!