I hope you will have a chance to participate in the International Vesak celebration in D.C. on May 2. It is always so exciting to see Buddhists from all traditions getting together to celebrate this most holy day.
I enjoy seeing how the Buddha’s teachings unite people from many different cultures — American, Vietnamese, Indian, Laotian, Thai, Tibetan, and Chinese to name a few. It is a moving experience, and it’s the only Buddhist holiday of the year that we celebrate together, so that makes it all the more special.
This is a family-oriented celebration, there are always plenty of young children running around often dressed in their native country’s finery. Everyone is welcome to attend. I encourage you to arrive early to get a seat.
Here is the official announcement from the organizing committee:
You are invited to join Buddhists from temples representing many different countries and traditions as we celebrate the Birth, Enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha.
The 24th International Vesak Day’s activities include:
Offerings, circumambulations, prayers and homage to Lord Buddha, Dharma teachings, meditation, cultural presentations and more.
Location: The Washington Buddhist Vihara
5016 16th Street NW, Washington DC
Free to the public- donations are welcome.
Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Organized by: International Buddhist Committee of Washington , D.C.