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Special Event Date Start Time Comments
Amitabha Puja
Sat 26 Mar 2016 7:00pm Bring in Autumn- The red Buddha of the West; overcomes hatred and ill-will with the quality of compassion
Ambedkar Day Puja
Wed 13 Apr 2016 7:00pm The 125th anniversary of Dr Ambedkar's birth. A hero of social change amongst the Untouchable caste in India, he led a mass converions to Buddhism- an inspiration for all oppressed people and anyone motivated by freedom.
Bodhicitta Puja Sat 30 Apr 2016 7:00pm The Bodhicitta is the awakening heart. It arises in the midst of sincere and rigorous spiritual practice in the context of spiritual community bringing all beings freedom from suffering.
Buddha Day Puja Sat 21 May 2016 7:00pm The highlight of the Buddhist calendar. Celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment over 2,500 years ago and his teachings which still inspire and guide.
Amoghasiddhi Puja Sat 18 Jun 2016 7:00pm The mysterious green Buddha of the north brings fearlessness and the overcoming of limitations to the season of winter.
Dharma Day Puja Sat 16 July 2016 7:00pm The Dharma is the path of the Buddha. Just as the ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so the Dharma has one taste, the taste of freedom.
Bhante Sangharakshita's Birthday Puja Sat 27 Aug 2016 7:00pm Celebrating the birthday of the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community, Bhante Sangharakshita.
Padmasambhava Puja Sat 17 Sep 2016 7:00pm Fierce yet all-compassionate, Padmasambhava brings about the transformation of all energy towards liberation.
Akshobhya Puja Sat 15 Oct 2016 7:00pm The blue Buddha of the east ushers in the vajra-like quality of spring, the mirror-like brightness of the rising sun over the ocean.
Ambedkar Celebration: The 60th Anniversary of the Indian conversions to Buddhism Sat 22 Oct 2016 7:00pm A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Dr Ambedkar's conversion, 14th October 2016. One of the most far-reaching of Sangharakshita's contributions to modern Buddhism was giving shape to the Buddhist conversion movement begun by the great Indian statesman and reformer, Dr B.R. Ambedkar.
Sangha Day Puja Sat 12 Nov 2016 7:00pm Sangha refers to the community of Buddhist practitioners—our friends, peers, mentors-as well as spiritual benefactors of the past in the form of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and great teachers. This sense of connection is one of the most precious things in a Buddhist's life.
Vairochana Puja Sat 17 Dec 2016 7:00pm The white Buddha at the centre of the Five Buddha mandala holds the wheel of the Dharma.

Parinirvana Day Celebration

Parinirvana day marks the final passing away of the Buddha. His death came when he was eighty years old and had spent some forty years teaching after his Enlightenment. What is more, 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 causes of pain and grief. The Parinibbana Sutta gives a moving and dignified account of the Buddha's last days and passages from it are often read on Parinirvana Day.

Celebrated on the 15th of February, this day 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. Meditations are done for the recently deceased to give them help and support wherever they might be now.

Triratna Day

This day celebrates the founding and continuation of the Triratna Buddhist Community as a context for learning and practicing the Dharma. The Triratna Buddhist Community (previously the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) was founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita. It is now an international movement with activities in more than 20 countries. The Triratna Buddhist Community is a non-sectarian Buddhist movement which seeks promote the practice of Buddhism in a form appropriate to the present.

Buddha Day Celebration (traditionally known as Wesak)

The Buddha's Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism, and the celebration of that Enlightenment on the full moon of May/June is the most important festival of the Buddhist year.

Many of the Buddha's disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other Enlightened masters. They too are recalled on this day with readings of accounts of their lives or from works they wrote themselves.

But Enlightenment is also an ideal to which all Buddhists aspire. So this celebration is a chance to reflect on what it might mean for individual Buddhists.

Dharma Day

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. It is this that Dharma Day celebrates near the full moon in July. On Dharma day there are often readings from the Buddhist scriptures and a chance to reflect deeply on their contents. On this day Buddhists can express their gratitude that the Buddha and other Enlightened masters have shared their teachings with other people.

Sangharakshita's Birthday

Many people are very grateful for what Sangharakshita has done in making the Dharma accessible to them, in their contemporary lives. He has done this through his writings, through his establishment of the Triratna Buddhist Order and the Triratna Buddhist Community and through his own dedicated practice. This annual puja is a simple celebration of his birthday and his life.

Padmasambhava Day

Padmasambhava is the person credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet in the eighth century. His remarkable life has always been surrounded in myth, making him a magical and mystical figure. This day is a celebration of his life and his symbolic qualities of vision, fearlessness and transformation.

Dr. Ambedkar Celebration

Born into an "untouchable" family, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar dedicated his whole life fighting social injustice in the Indian Caste system. Widely credited as the chief architect of the Indian constitution, he worked without success to change the caste system from within Hinduism. Seeing no other option, and after having exploring many different religions, Dr. Ambedkar led a mass conversion of 400,000 of his followers to Buddhism on 14 October 1956. Many Ambedkarite Buddhists are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Sangha Day

On Sangha Day, the full moon in November, Buddhists celebrate both the ideal of creating a spiritual community, and also the actual spiritual community which they are trying to create. Sangha Day is a traditional time for exchange of gifts; it has become a prominent festival among Western Buddhists even though it is little known in the East.

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