134 Yale Avenue, Claremont, CA
Join us as we celebrate the enlightenment of Buddhism's founder, Siddhartha Gautama.
We'll mark this important holiday with candles, incense, chanting, stories of the Buddha's life, and a short meditation. Children will be given mandalas to color and some crayons to use.
If you've been curious about Buddhism, this is a perfect opportunity to explore. Everyone is welcome!
More About Bodhi Day:
Buddha's Enlightenment Day celebrates the result of Siddhartha Gautama's search to understand himself. In Buddhist tradition, it is the most important day of the year. During the week preceding the celebration, Zen Monasteries around the world hold their most strenuous retreat of the year. In some cases, they do not even stop to sleep for the whole 7 days.
The significance of Bodhi Day lies with the Buddha and his universal peace message to mankind. As we recall the Buddha and his Awakening, we are immediately reminded of the unique and most profound knowledge and insight which arose in him on the night of his Enlightenment. This coincided with three important events which took place, corresponding to the three watches or periods of the night.
During the first watch of the night, when his mind was calm, clear and purified, light arose in him, knowledge and insight arose. He saw his previous lives, at first one, then two, three up to five, then multiples of them: ten, twenty, thirty to fifty. Then 100, 1000 and so on. During the second watch of the night, he saw how beings die and are reborn, depending on their Karma, how they disappear and reappear from one form to another, from one plane of existence to another. Then during the final watch of the night, he saw the arising and cessation of all phenomena, mental and physical. He saw how things arose dependent on causes and conditions. This led him to perceive the arising and cessation of suffering and all forms of unsatisfactoriness, paving the way for the eradication of all taints of cravings. With the complete cessation of craving, his mind was completely liberated. He attained to Full Enlightenment.
This wisdom and light that flashed and radiated under the historic Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya in the district of Bihar in Northern India, more than 2500 years ago, is of great significance to human destiny. It illuminated the way by which mankind could cross from a world of superstition, hatred, and fear to a new world of light, true love, and happiness.
This is a donation based event with a suggested donation scale of $10-$20. Pay what you can. No obligation. No guilt.