Parinirvana Festival Day

Parinirvana Festival Day

Sat Feb 17th 2024 11:00am - 9:00pm

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Parinirvana Festival on the 17th February is when traditionally we reflect on impermanence and on the significance of the Buddhas death.

Timetable and details for the day:

11.00 prompt (please arrive from 10.45)

The day will start with a short meditation and an opportunity to place any photos of loved ones who have passed onto the shrine.

Then we will listen to the words of edited sections of Parinirvana sutra with short pauses for reflection. 


Vegan/Veggie Lunch is a shared affair- please bring something veggie along to contribute if you would like to eat and socialise.  A quiet space will be available throughout the whole day in the downstairs Shrine room. 


After lunch, there is a space to get creative (perhaps with young ones if you are a Sangha parent/ caregiver) by making some flower offerings to scatter at the buddha’s feet during the puja.


This will be followed by a Shakyamuni mantra workshop– no singing experience necessary!


Nirajadhi will then lead a meditative reflection on impermanence and our own mortality in the shrine room.

Dinner- 18.15 (leftovers probably from lunch so please bring veggie nibbles to share if you would like to eat with us)


The day will be rounded off with a fabulous Special Festival Puja where we will hear some of the readings from earlier, circumambulate the reclining Buddha, offer up our mantra, scatter flowers and remember those who have passed.

We really hope you can join us for all or parts of the day. 

Please bring veggie food to share for meals.

Please bring photos of anyone who has died that you would like to remember for the shrine.

Doors open 10.45am – 11am start.

For those who have done an intro course at any time / familiar with Triratna.

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