Parinirvana Day: the death of the Buddha

Parinirvana Day: the death of the Buddha

Tuesday 15 February 7pm – 9pm

"All worldly things are brief

like lightning in the sky;

This life you must know

As the tiny splash of a raindrop

A thing of beauty that disappears

Even as it comes into being."

 

Festivals are central to the life of the Triratna Buddhist community, providing an opportunity for celebration and the expression of devotion and gratitude to the Buddha and his teachings.
The Buddha advised his followers that if they were to thrive they should ‘meet together regularly and in large numbers.’

The Buddha’s death came when he was eighty years old after spending some forty years teaching following his Enlightenment. The notion that all things are impermanent is central to Buddhist teaching and, for Buddhists, loss and impermanence are things to be accepted rather than just being causes of pain and grief.
The Parinirvana festival is used as an opportunity to reflect on the fact of one’s own future death and on people whom one has known who have recently died.

Please bring photos or remembrances of friends and family that have died recently, to offer to the shrine.

This evening will not be on Zoom.

 

Asangamati   Led by Asangamati

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