Join us with your whole family for an online one-day retreat to commemorate the Three Great occasions of our Supreme Buddha’s life, which occurred on the Full Moon Day of the meritorious month of Vesak.
You and your whole family have the great opportunity to observe the 8 precepts, listen to Dhamma and meditate with the guidance of English speaking monks.
When: 26th May, Wednesday for Sri Lanka
29th May, Saturday for Middle East and UK
For: The Whole Family
Zoom ID: 681 200 1000 (English Program)
847 2943 3023 (Sinhala Program)
Start Times: Please refer below
26th May Sri Lanka Vesak Program
|Sri Lanka (English Program)||7:00 am|
|Sri Lanka (Sinhala Program)||7:00 am|
29th May International Vesak Program
|UAE & Oman||8:30 am|
|Kuwait & Qatar||7:30 am|
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|7:00 AM||Observing Eight Precepts Theruwan Vandana, Karaneeya Metta Sutta|
|7:30 AM||Break – Refreshments|
|8:00 AM||Dhamma Sermon|
|10:10 AM||Dhamma Sermon|
|10:30 AM||Buddha Puja|
|11:00 AM||Lunch Dana|
|12:20 PM||Chanting & sharing merits|
|1:00 PM||Dhamma Sermon|
|2:00 PM||Dhamma Discussion|
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to wear white?
No. It is beneficial to wear white, but not essential. Some people wear a white shirt and any color pants. Traditionally, people often wear a white piece of cloth over their left shoulder and pinned together at the waste under the right arm.
What can be eaten in the evening?
Fruit juice, water, sugar, honey, rock candy. Tea and coffee can be taken without milk..
What should I sleep on?
Try and sleep on the simplest bed possible, using the most basic bedding you have. It is good if you can put the mattress on the floor.
How do I stop observing the 8 precepts?
Simply take the five precepts on your own.
What if I forget and eat something in the afternoon?
This is very easy to do if we are observing the precepts at home or anywhere outside a group setting. Don’t worry. Simply mentally determine to take the precept again. You may find that wearing white helps you remember. You may even like to put up a sign on the fridge.
Useful handouts to use during the program
Loving Kindness Meditation
- Download a PDF of the basic loving-kindness meditation that we do at many of the meditation programs here.
- Download a PDF of the meditation on recollecting the qualities of the Supreme Buddha