|Sharon Salzberg (L), Beth Sternlieb, Christiane Wolf, and Trudy Goodman at InsightLA, 1430 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica 90404 (shambhalasun.org).|
All are welcome to join InsightLA for its 2012 Vesak celebration! It's a Potluck and Midnight Sit.
On the night of the full moon in Vesak [roughly corresponding to our calendar's May], people gather in Buddhist monasteries around the world to celebrate the Buddha's birth and enlightenment.
He saw his previous lives, at first one, then two, three, up to five, then multiples of them... 10, 20, 30 to 50. Then 100, 1000, and so on....
It's important to note that the Buddha spent the next 45 years teaching what he saw during the final watch of the night: He taught what we can verify by our own direct experience. We can bring our suffering to a final end. He did this because it was boundlessly useful and pertained to enlightenment, nirvana, and the longevity of the liberation teachings.
- Potluck dinner: 7:15 - 8:00 pm
- Sitting: 8:00 - 8:30
- 8:30 - 9:00: Dharma talk
- 9:00 - 9:15: Break
- 9:15 - 10:00: Optional sitting again, chanting
- 10:00 - 10:20: Walking
- 10:20 - 11:00: Sitting
- 11:00 - 11:15: Walking
- 11:15 - 12:00 am: Sitting