Sunday, February 5, 2012

Photo of Magha Puja Day 2012 (video)

Another great year celebrating the Magha Puja Day at Wat Phosiesattanak (Wat Rio Linda Sacramento), many beautiful people came to pay respect to our local monks and celebrate the Buddhist festival. All came to create good merit and pray to Lord Buddha to forgive all sins and bring forth great and happiness to them and their love me.

Children were running around playing and adults gather among each others talking and enjoying a great time is such a beautiful moment: full of happiness. There were plenty of great traditional foods being offered the monks and lots of money donated by lay-people-such generous people. At the end of the day, children and adults went home with a full smile.
Magha Puja Day

This Buddhist festival is also known as Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Magha Puja Day is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is a celebration in honour of the Sangha, or the Buddhist community. For some Buddhists Sangha refers only to monks and nuns. It is a chance for people to reaffirm their commitment to Buddhist practices and traditions.

Magha Puja Day commemorates the spontaneous gathering of 1,250 enlightened monks (arahants) to hear the Buddha preach at Veluvana Vihara. At this gathering, the Buddha gave his first sermon, or recitation of the Patimokkha (the rules and regulations of the monastic order). Sangha is the term used for the Buddhist spiritual community. On Sangha Day Buddhists celebrate both the ideal of creating a spiritual community, and also the actual spiritual community which they are trying to create.

The Sangha is precious in Buddhism as without those in the community to look up to or share aspirations with, the spiritual life would be very challenging. Magha Puja Day is a traditional time for exchange of gifts; it has become a prominent festival among Western Buddhists even though it is less well known in the East. Celebrations vary, but can include chanting, meditation, the lighting of oil lamps, and the reaffirmation of people's commitment to Buddhist practice.
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