The Buddha's Birthday

Vesak, the Buddha’s Birthday

Sunday, May 21, 2017    |     10:00 am – 1:00 pm Place: Vermont Zen Center

Vesak, the celebration honoring the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha, will be on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 10 a.m. (There's no morning sitting prior to the ceremony.) According to tradition, the Buddha was born on April 8. However, for purely practical reasons we celebrate this event when the weather is warmer and we can be outdoors.

Of all the Buddhist holidays, this is the most fun. After all, it’s a birthday party! People of all ages—members and non-members, family and friends—are most welcome.

Part of the ceremony is to present a small, wrapped baby gift for the Buddha which is later donated to the Lund Home. Presents need not be expensive—diapers, pacifiers, bottles, bibs, booties, rattles—anything is appreciated. Please also bring flower offering for the baby Buddha.

Following the ceremony is a Pot Luck Picnic. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. The Center will provide plates, cups and utensils as well as drinks and birthday cake.

A small gift is given to each child at the end of the day.

We hope to see you there!