|Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara, 920 N. Summit Ave. at Mountain, Pasadena, CA 91101|
|The Buddha against the clouds on the island, Bentota Gama Vihara, Sri Lanka|
|Gal Vihara (UNESCO/Alagz/mac.com/flickr)|
|Adam Eurich, Dr. Ven. Karunananda (WQ)|
"We can influence others for the good by the good we are thinking."
Day went into night with the cultural program running from 6:00-10:00 pm. The summer-like evening began with devotional songs (bhakti gita), a free food stand (dansala), and the exhibition of the rotating Vesak lantern.
While this event sounds unique splendid, it is only one of dozens throughout the city this month as Burmese, Thai, Laotian, Cambodian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Bangladeshi temples also celebrate. There are at least eight local Sri Lankan temples. On Sunday the North Hollywood Sarathchandra Buddhist Temple puts on a larger display. The highlight will be the big all-Buddhist Thai lay Dhammakaya-meditation movement evening, which annually invites every single Buddhist school and tradition to participate. Happy Vesak!
|Documenting Buddhism in America (seekingheartwood.com)|