Parinirvana Day: A life well lived
Parinirvana day festival traditionally marks the death of the Buddha and provides an opportunity to reflect on impermanence and death.
This year following the death of Sangharakshita we will explore and reflect on his life and practice and look at what we may learn from how he lived life and approached impermanence and death. During the day we will have a number of short talks from people on how Sangharakshita’s exemplary practice has inspired them and a series of meditations and reflections on impermanence and death drawn from some of Bhante’s writings. We will end with a Puja dedicated to Sangharakshita.
Parinirvana Day Festival Programme:
10.00 – 10.30 Introduction and meditation
10.30 – 11.30 Short talk by Dharmanatha followed by meditation and reflection on impermanence
11.30 – 12.00 Tea Break*
12.00 – 1.00 Short talk by Jinamati followed by meditation and reflection on death and impermanence
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch (please bring vegetarian lunch to share)*
2.00 – 2.30 Short talk by Amritavani
2.00 – 3.30 Organised activities for children*
2.30 – 3.30 Meditations and reflections on impermanence
3.30 – 4.00 Tea break*
4.00 – 5.00 Puja
*These events are open to families. The solemn nature of the other events, with sometimes long periods of silence, mean they are not recommended for children to attend.