Sunday 16 February 10:30am – 4pm
Parinirvāṇa Day is one of our five main festival days (along with Buddha Day, Dharma Day, Sangha Day, and Padmasambhava Day) and provides an opportunity for us to listen and reflect upon the last days of the Buddha as well as our own relationship with life and death.
The day will include a led "spiritual death" meditation investigating our own existence, a talk on the last days of the Buddha's life, a "death café" exploring our relationship with mortality, a group lunch, and a special parinirvāṇa pūjā that aims to connect us directly with the Buddha's parinirvāṇa.
You are welcome to bring with you any images of people you have known who have died or other symbols or images related to death that are meaningful to you. You can place these in front of the shrine at any point during the day. Please be aware that the shrine will be reconfigured for the pūjā, so anything you bring will be moved.
|10:30am||Introduction & Welcome to the day|
|11am||Spiritual Death Meditation - led by Samacitta|
|12pm||The Parinirvāṇa: a talk by Dhammakumāra|
|2pm||Death Café: conversations on death facilitated by Samacitta|
|3pm||Parinirvāṇa Pūjā - led by Dhammakumāra|
* This will be a “bring and share” style lunch, so please bring food to share. All food brought into the centre must be vegetarian, but as many of those attending will be vegan, we suggest vegan only food.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book?
No - just turn up!
How much does the day cost?
We don't charge a fixed price for our classes but instead invite you to make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
A donation of $15-20 would help us to cover our costs, but everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
Do I need to be a Buddhist or a regular at the centre?
Everyone is welcome, but the day will be especially suitable for those who have been to the centre at least a couple times before.
I can't make the whole day - can I come for just some of it?
Of course! You're welcome to come for whatever parts of the day you can make - just try to turn up at one of the times on the programme so we're not in the middle of an activity.
I'm not a very good cook - what food can I bring?
We can never have enough of the basics: things like salad, bread, hummus, crisps and fruit always go down well.
What is pūjā?
A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.
If you have not done pūjā before, please let the leader know so they can give an introduction.