Vesak Celebration 2016 – Vesak Meditation Day

The beautiful lights and candles at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

The beautiful lights and candles offered at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni

Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage conducted a Vesak Meditation Day on Saturday, 21st May 2016 to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha. It was inspiring to see all 22 participants attend the Vesak Meditation Day despite the severe weather warning on the day.

We would like to have  bright and warm weather for the Vesak Meditation Day. However, life is unsatisfactory-dukkha, changeable and unpredictable – anicca and not me, not mine and not myself – anatta. The severe weather is like “Death and Dying”, the theme for the Vesak Meditation Day this year. It came unannounced, unwanted and at the wrong time. The severe weather is the perfect teacher for all of us on Vesak Day.

It was delightful to leave our busy  world behind and practise together to honour the Buddha; to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha and to dedicate our effort for our own liberation and freedom.

Happy Vesak to all of you from Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage!

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni on Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni on Vesak Meditation Day 2016 at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni with the lights and candles inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni with the lights and candles inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

Offering of lights and candles at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

Offering of lights and candles at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

The participants reading the obituaries outside the Sala of Patacata Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

The participants reading the obituaries outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2016. Photo by Ming.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni, Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni and the participants on Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Ming.

The group photo at the end of Vesak Meditation Day 2016 inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage. Photo by Karen.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The beautiful lights and lantern at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The beautiful lights and lantern at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016.

The Vesak lights, lantern and flags at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage 2016

 

 

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