A week-long celebration of the Buddha's Parinirvana Mon 8 – Sun 14 Feb
A whole week of events culminating in a day-long festival marking the final passing of the Buddha two and a half millennia ago. An opportunity to contemplate impermanence, rejoice in the example of the Buddha’s life and reflect on the precious opportunity that our own lives present us with.
-Morning Meditation Series – The Last Days of the Buddha Led by Danayutta and Sthiramanas | Mon 8 – Sat 13 Feb, 8 – 9am
In the build-up to Parinirvana Day, Danayutta and Sthiramanas will lead six morning sessions (Monday - Saturday), exploring themes from the last days of the Buddha as told in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta. For those familiar with the basics of the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana practices.
-Death and the Dharma: A Seminar Series with Jnanavaca Mon 8 – Fri 12 Feb, 5 – 6pm
Only one thing in life is certain - that it will come to an end. Depending on how we relate to it, this most basic fact of existence could be deeply unsettling or completely liberating. In this five-part seminar, Jnanavaca brings his extensive experience and his personal reflections to bear on life’s biggest mystery.
-Drawing Impermanence Workshop with Kusalasara | Sat 13 Feb, 3.30 – 5pm
The act of drawing can be a gateway to the changing nature of our experience. We are not trying to preserve something or snatch its essence, rather we watch and record each moment passing, allowing the quality of our attention to be the main activity. This drawing workshop with Kusalasara is open to all - no experience is needed. Just bring a pencil and paper.
At 2.30pm on Parinirvana day, there will be meditation and ritual for friends and relatives who have died in the past year. If you have lost someone and would like them to be remembered in this way, click here. If you have trouble uploading their information in this way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a picture of the person, their name and relation to you. You can do this until midday on Friday 12th Feb.