Vesak Day Celebration 2019

The Vihara held it’s Vesak Day celebration on May 19, 2019. The photos below show some of the decorations and activities at the Vihara on this special occasion.

This most important Buddhist festival is known as either Vesak or Wesak, and is celebrated annually on the full moon of the ancient lunar month of Vesakha, which usually falls in May, or in early June.

At Vesak Buddhists commemorate the birth of the Buddha-to-be, Siddhattha Gotama, his Enlightenment at the age of 35 when he became the Buddha and his final ‘passing’ into Nirvana at the age of 80, no more to be reborn. Buddhist scriptures relate that each of these three significant events occurred on a full moon of the Indian lunar month of Vesakha.

Vesak Day Celebration / Poya Day

Vesak Day is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM

Where: Carolina Buddhist Vihara 113 Woodridge Cir, Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Weekly Schedule: May 5-19

The following is the weekly schedule for next week:

Sunday 5/5/19
Sutta Study 2-4:00 pm
Aṅguttara Nikāya, The Book of the Fours, #61. Worthy Deeds. It can be found on page 449. For those who do not have a copy of the Anguttara Nikaya the Sutta can be found at this link

Monday 5/6/19 6-8:00 pm
Chanting & Meditation with Ayya Sudinna

Wednesday 5/8/19 6-7:30 pm
Guided Meditation, instruction and discussion. Refresher for experienced meditators for those new to the practice.

Thursday 5/9/19 6-8:00 pm
Chanting & Meditation with Ayya Sudinna

Friday 5/10/199:30 – 10:30 am
Women’s Meditation

Sunday May 19th (in 2 weeks)
Vesak Day Celebration!

May we all be well, happy and peaceful

Visit to the Bhavana Society Meditation Center

Ayya Sudinna recently translated Bhante G’s (Henepola Gunaratana) book Meditation on Perception: Ten Healing Practices To Cultivate Mindfulness into Sinhala from English and received published copies when she went to Sri Lanka. Ayya wanted to deliver the book to Bhante in person so we took a “road trip” to the Bhavana Society Meditation Center in West Virginia. These are some of the pictures that were taken. We also had a “road trip” around Bhavana when Bhante G graciously toured the grounds  with us. It was a very special time as there were only 3 people in residence at Bhavana (including Bhante) and Ayya Sudinna, Indira and Roberta were the only 3 guests.

Day 1 of the Vihara Cleanup

Day 1 of the Vihara facelift! More to come!!!