West London Buddhist Centre

Parinirvana Day

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  • Sun Feb 21st 2021
  • 2:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm
  • Booking not required
  • Suggested donation £15

Join us for one of the most important Buddhist festivals of the year where we mark the Buddha’s death known as his ‘parinirvana’, ‘death without remainder’. We will be reflecting on the Buddha’s teaching on impermanence, how he approached his own death and how these are relevant for how we live our lives. We will also take the time to remember those who have died. You are invited to send us the names of any people you know who have died in the past year, together with a photo, if you’d like, and we will remember them together as a Sangha in a meditative context, reading out their names.

The past year has been a year unlike any other, as all around the world people have had to face the reality of a global pandemic. In these difficult and uncertain times we have reached the grim milestones of over 100,000 UK deaths related to the COVID-19 virus and over 2 million deaths across the world. We will mark this tragedy and commemorate these deaths, including those that have touched us personally.

Parinirvana Day is also about appreciating life and how to make the most of the opportunities we have. It is an opportunity to reassess what is most important to us and what we wish to prioritise in our lives going forward. We will hit a joyful and celebratory note in the second half of the afternoon with Mitra ceremonies, when members of our Sangha will make a public commitment to the Buddhist path. These ceremonies will take place in the ritual context of a puja and you can read about the mitras-to-be here: https://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/parinirvana-day-2021-mitra-ceremonies/

More details of the afternoon, including a timetable, will be provided soon. Names and photos of those who have died in the past year, whom you’d like to include in our memorial, can be sent to info@westlondonbuddhistcentre.com by Friday 19 February.

Programme

2 – 3.15pm: Reflection and Meditation

Welcome
Meditation
Parinirvana – short talk from Bodhilila
Meditation
Commemoration of deceased loved ones

3.15pm – Tea-break

3.30 – 5pm: Mitra Ceremonies

Welcome and introduction to Buddhist ritual
Significance of becoming a Mitra – short talk from Bodhilila
Introduction of Mitras-to-be: https://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/parinirvana-day-2021-mitra-ceremonies/
Sevenfold puja with Mitra ceremonies

We aim to finish at 5pm but please bear in mind that the ceremony may overrun slightly.

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

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