Visakhapuja Event 2010

ความทรงจำงดงามสำหรับวิสาขบูชาที่ผ่านมา ขอบคุณจิตอาสาและผู้ปฏิบัติธรรมทุกคนที่ได้มอบรอยยิ้ม ความรัก ความสุข บนผืนดินแห่งนี้ และได้ร่วมประกอบบุญกุศลและกุศลทานแก่ผู้ล่วงลับจากเหตุการณ์แผ่นดินไหวในทิเบตและจากเหตุการณ์ความไม่สงบในประเทศไทย

On May 28-29, 2010 around 60 people from Bangkok and nearby provinces chose to celebrate this year’s Vesak (Thai: Visakhapuja), one of the most important Buddhist holidays by coming to the spiritual forest of Khadiravana, 40 kms. west of Hua-Hin.

Twenty participants were painting volunteers. They came to draw and paint eight Buddhist auspicious symbols on the walls of the center’s new pavilion, Dewa Watana.

The pavilion was built in January-February 2010 by the Silapasamai family in memory of Mrs. Watana Silapasamai who died of cancer. An opening ceremony was held over Maghapuja by Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche. It was used as a place for dialogues on Buddhist women in early March.

We are grateful to Supachok Chumsai Na Ayudhaya, Thai thangka painter, his family and friend for their volunteer spirit, which brought auspiciousness to Khadiravana.

Other participants took part in full moon retreat consisting of prostration, circumambulation, meditation, and reflections.

We also made a “sur” (burnt food) offering as a way to dedicate our merit to the deceased victims from Yushu Tibet earthquakes as well as those killed in the recent unrest in Thailand.

The highlight of the full moon night was the walk with candles in our hands towards the construction site of the Tara Great Stupa of Peace and Harmony. With rising moon in the sky, we prayed for love and harmony to prevail on earth.

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