We are coming up on the five-year anniversary of our center's (Charlotte Buddhist Vihara's) opening ceremony which took place on a full moon day, in July 2013.
~ Five years of goodness, service, of introducing people to Buddhism and meditation, Dhamma teaching, spiritual development, and countless acts of generosity and kindheartedness. ~
Now that's worth celebrating!
On Saturday July 21st we will hold a traditional Buddhist full moon (Esala Poya or Asalha Puja*) program early in the morning, including meditation, then enjoy pleasant social time to celebrate the Vihara's anniversary.
Next we will hold the traditional chanting program prior to lunch dana (Refuge & Precepts, offerings), along with a special annual "Invitation" ceremony to formally encourage Ayya Sudhamma to continue to reside here at Charlotte Buddhist Vihara.
Schedule (welcome to drop-in at any time):
7:30 am: Welcome and Set up
7:45 am: Eight Precepts ceremony**
8:00 am: Breakfast potluck
8:45 - 10 am: Meditation; short Dhamma talk; discussion of the Vihara's past five years
10 - 11:15 am: Social time (welcome to bring snacks for this)
11:15 - Noon: Refuge & Precepts, Invitation, Blessings chant
Noon: Potluck lunch
1:15 - 1:45 pm: Teaching for children
2:00 pm: Our regular Meetup Meditation (Please RSVP separately for the Meetup, here: https://www.meetup.com/Meditate-with-Monk-Buddhism-in-Charlotte/events/252171530/)
2:45 pm: Group Discussion: "What Meditation and Buddhist Teachings Mean to Me".
* History of Asalha Puja/Esala Poya: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asalha_Puja
** All are welcome to either take 8 Precepts for the day, or to watch and assist. Explanation of 8 Precept observance; http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanavara/uposatha.html