33rd Annual International Vesak (Birth, Enlightenment & Death of the Buddha) Celebration

Washington Buddhist Vihara

5/5/2019 8:30 AM  -  3:00 PM  at  Washington Buddhist Vihara (5017 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20011) (Map It)

You and your students are invited to join Buddhists from over 30 temples representing many countries and traditions throughout the greater Washington, DC area as we gather at  Washington Buddhist Vihara to celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha. Washington Buddhist Vihara is a Theravada Buddhist Temple in Washington DC and was established by Ven. Madihe Pannasiha Thero in 1962. 

Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and include:

  • 8 precepts for laity (initiate or renew)

  • bathing infant Buddha (arrive at 9 a.m. if not taking 8 precepts), circumambulation of the temple, flower offering by children (please bring your children to represent the IMCW temple), multi-language chanting, taking the 5 precepts, prayers and homages to the Buddha, dharma teachings and guided meditation (a separate children's program will be offered)

Lunch for monastics will be served at 11 a.m. followed by lunch for laity, dance performances and presentations from a rich variety of Buddhist cultures. The program ends at 4 p.m.

The 33rd International Vesak Day is co-sponsored by IMCW. 

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