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
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.
Sat 30 Apr 2016
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
The highlight of the Buddhist calendar. Celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment over 2,500 years ago and his teachings which still inspire and guide.
Sat 18 Jun 2016
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
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
Celebrating the birthday of the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community, Bhante Sangharakshita.
Sat 17 Sep 2016
Fierce yet all-compassionate, Padmasambhava brings about the transformation of all energy towards liberation.
Sat 15 Oct 2016
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
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
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.
Sat 17 Dec 2016
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.