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May 23, 2021: Visakha Day (Buddha Day) celebration.
The Thai temple in Olympia has the honor of hosting a monk, Phra Pragga Bangsha Shramon, who resides in Thailand, and who will give a dhamma talk here on Visakha Day. Phra Ratsamee, abbot of Buddhangkura, has known him for seven years, and is happy to present him to Olympia devotees as a monk who knows the dhamma well. Phra Shramon will be here temporarily, and this will be our only chance to hear him. Please come for his teaching in the Thai language.
9:00 – 9:30 AM. Chanting of Ratana Sutta and Metta Sutta to bless all living beings.
9:30 – 11:00 AM. Taking five precepts from the honorable guest monk, Dhamma sharing, and Q&A session.
11:00 AM – 12:00 noon. Food offering ceremony.
12:00 noon – 1:00 PM. Lunch time for devotees.
1:00 – 2:00 PM. Dedication of merit and blessings (End of the ceremony)
7:00 – 9:00 PM. Special Evening Chanting and Metta Meditation for all sentient beings. Evening events are likely to be uncrowded. Seating will be both indoors and outdoors, and a microphone will allow for chanting to be heard outside.
Visakha Puja celebrates the Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment day, and passing away day. They all occurred in his life on the full-moon day in May, in different years of course. Therefore, this is one of the most important days in the Buddhist tradition, if not the most important. Visakha refers to the Visakha asterism, a Vedic construct, having to do with the day when the moon and the Vidakha constellation align.
Ajahn Lee spoke about the way Thais honor this day: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/visakha.html
In Thurston County, religious institutions are allowed to have 50% capacity indoors beginning March 22, 2021.