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"When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice."
('The Tibetan Book of Life and Death')

2024 Buddha's Birthday Ceremony

Date: Sunday 19th May 2024
Time: 11:00
  1. Chanting
  2. Dharma Talk
  3. Bathing Buddha
  4. Lunch – vegetarian meal and tea

Paper lantern offering for family or ancestors-£35 each

Origin of Bathing Buddha

Legend records that when Prince Siddhartha was born, there were extraordinary and auspicious signs heralding his birth. They describe the sky as being clear with brilliant sunshine, flowers blooming and birds singing - dragons appeared in the sky spurting two streams of purified water (one cool and one warm), that gently cascaded down to bathe him. At his birth, seven lotus flowers sprung up beneath his feet as he walked - pointing one hand to the sky and ground he said "in the heaven above and earth below, I vow to liberate all who suffer in these three realms".

Since that time Buddhists all over the world celebrate his birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the image of Buddha. This ritual highlights a universal message that it's easy to wash away physical dirt but it's much more difficult to cleanse one's 'inner dirt' of greed, anger and ignorance.

Past Events

Annual Winter 100 Day Meditation Prayer

2013 Younhwasa Annual Party

Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)

Piano Concert

2013 Buddha's Birthday Ceremony

Winter 100-Day Prayer

2012 Younhwasa Annual Party

Annual Outdoor Meeting 2012

Buddha's Birthday 2012

Lunar New Year's Service

2011 Younhwasa Annual Party