Commemoration of the Buddha’s Enlightenment
Thursday, January 18th, 2024, was the 8th day of the 12th month on the traditional East Asian lunar calendar. This is the date for Sambodhi-puja (in Korean, Seong-do-jae-il), the commemoration of the enlightenment of the Buddha almost 2,600 years ago.
A common practice on this occasion is an all-night meditation, ending early the next morning, just as tradition says the Buddha achieved enlightenment with the rising of Venus, the morning star.
To accommodate a zoning-board hearing related to our facility on the correct date, a live service was scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19th, at 7pm. However, because of bad weather the service has been moved to YouTube Live instead.
The next Buddha’s Enlightenment commemoration will be Jan. 8, 2025
Lunar New Year Mini-Retreat
Saturday, January 21st, 2023, was the eve of New Year’s Day on the traditional East Asian lunar calendar. A special mini-retreat was held at the Center, which included sitting and moving meditation, chanting, refreshment breaks, and culminated in 108 bells at midnight.
The next Lunar New Year will be Feb. 10, 2024
Commemoration of the Buddha’s Birthday
Friday, May 26th, 2023, was the 8th day of the 4th month on the traditional East Asian lunar calendar. This is the date for Vesakha-puja (in Korean, Bul-tan-il), the annual celebration of the birth of the Buddha. In South Korea, where this event is one of the biggest public holidays of the year, part of the celebration involves visiting a Buddhist temple to “bathe the Buddha” by pouring water over a statue representing the infant Buddha. Click here to watch a short video from the BZC YouTube channel.