Saga Dawa Duchen – Celebration & Prayers

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This day marks the anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment and parinirvana. We gather together to remember these events by chanting prayers and making offerings. If you like, you can bring flowers, incence, tealights etc to offer in the shrine.

It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times, so all virtuous activity is encouraged.

On his enlightenment at the age of thirty-five in Bodhgaya, the Buddha proclaimed: “Profound peace, natural simplicity, uncompounded luminosity, I have found a nectar-like Dharma.”

When Buddha lay dying in a forest grove in Kushinagara, surrounded by five hundred of his disciples, he said to them with his last breath: “It is in the nature of all things that take form to dossilve again. Strive with your whole being to attain perfection.”