Celebration of 2601th Anniversary of Buddha's Awakening
When: April 14th
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College - Alumni Hall
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Vesāk Day, Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha. As Buddhism spread from India it was assimilated into many foreign cultures, and consequently Vesākha is celebrated in many different ways.This is the most important day for Buddhists and all who follow and respect the teachings of the Buddha.
This year is a very special year because it is the 2601th anniversary of Buddha’s awakening.
The theme of this year's celebration is "Awakening Oneself" and will begin with a brief introduction, followed by meditation in Alumni Hall. Following lunch in the International Center, there will be a talk and then a panel discussion of awakening oneself. After the discussion, there will be a closing ceremony with Buddhist chanting.All Buddhists around the world will celebrate this year as the 2601th anniversary of Buddha's awakening.
This event is sponsored by Gustavus Meditation and TripleGem of the North.
9:00 a.m. Preparations and hanging of the lanterns.
10:00 a.m. Introduction
10:20 a.m. Taking Refuge
10:30 a.m. Sitting Meditation
11:10 a.m. Offering to Buddha
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1:00p.m. Keynote Speech
2:30p.m. Blessing and Chanting
3:00 p.m . End
Lunch: Vegetarian meal will be provided.
Keynote Speaker: Venerable Wetara Mahinda, was the head of archeology department in University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka.
The Buddha’s therapy for the mind, and the corollary development of therapy for the body in Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka from 3c. BC to 12c. AD as depicted by archaeological and literary records.
The Four Noble Truths play a pivotal role in the teachings of Buddhism.
- The first noble truth, Dukkha, is translated as stress, suffering, imperfection and unsatisfactory emotions. Realizing this first truth is essential for improvement and transformation. It requires knowledge of the additional concepts of no soul and impermanence. Dukkha, impermanence and no-self are reality according to Buddhism.
- The second noble truth, Samudaya, is also known as desire, lust, craving or clinging. It is the cause for suffering.
- The third noble truth, Nibbana, is the cessation of suffering. We can realize this as individuals.
- The fourth noble truth, Magga, is the path to the cessation of suffering. It consists of an eight-fold way.
The path Buddha has explained for the extinction of suffering is medicine which cures the suffering of individuals. However, the ability to understand reality and undergo training for each individual is the decisive factor in gaining the fruit of liberation and, therefore, this ability is responsible for what each individual reaps for their actions. The discourses of the Buddha give humankind proper instruction to remove a number of man-made worries and, therefore, Buddhism inherently has a psychotherapeutic approach.
Although the aim of Buddhist teachings is directed toward the liberation from suffering and ultimately from samsara, or the round of rebirth, the teachings can also be applied to the following:
reducing stress and anxiety, removing grief and loss, enabling recovery from trauma, resolving conflict between family and society, facilitating passage through difficult transitions in life, healing wounds created by themselves and others, exploring spiritual aspects of life while making use of mindfulness and meditation practices, and facing the final stages of life without worrying over death.
In addition, the Buddha has also given elaborate explanations about the medical treatment to be applied to individual suffering from physical and mental diseases. Facilities for medical treatment were established throughout ancient India based on his teachings. The knowledge of this medical treatment was predominantly based on Ayurveda and was available in various ancient Sri Lankan hospitals centered around Buddhist monasteries. To illustrate this, a slide presentation will be prepared by the speaker.
Support and Sponsorships: TGN offers these events without any charge; however, we need sponsors to cover some expenses. We are planning to have Buddhist monks and nun’s to represent all the traditions and on the panel. We would like help to cover honorarium and travel expenses. We offer $50 sponsorships. If you wish to help with this event, please take one or several sponsorships. Send your Donation to: TGN, PO Box 323, St Peter, MN 56001 This event is open to the public. You are invite to bring your friends and family.