Festivals

Parinirvana Day

Sunday 16 February, 10.30am

“Before I Die…”

A day of reflection and exploration. How to include death into a well-lived life.

Sunday 16 February 11.00am-4.00pm

Traditionally Parinirvana Day commemorates the death of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, and his entry into final or complete Nirvana, described as a state of bliss or peace beyond human imagining. The word Nirvana means ‘to extinguish’, such as extinguishing the flame of a candle, and this day, in particular, is an opportunity to contemplate the Buddha’s teachings on impermanence.

Join Bodhinita, Maitrisara and Vijayanandi for some gentle reflections and guided explorations of how an awareness of death can inform and enhance our appreciation of life and further inspire our search for depth and meaning.

There will be an opportunity towards the end of the day for each of us, if we wish, to ritually place on the shrine, overnight, photos or small symbolic reminders of people in our lives who have died during this past year – or longer ago, if that feels appropriate. (Please ensure you add your name and contact number to any items you wish to have returned to you after the day.)

Doors will open at 10.30am for optional tea. Please bring vegan or vegetarian food for a shared lunch. There is no charge for the event but, if you are able, please make a donation towards the Buddhist Centre’s costs.