Visakha Puja Day – May 19

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Sunday, May 19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Wat Buddhanusorn
36054 Niles Blvd.,
Fremont, CA 94536


Visākha Puja is one of the most important holidays observed traditionally by Buddhists around the world. It’s the day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha.


Every year when this important day comes around again, all Buddhists throughout the world gather together to perform the worship to recollect the wisdom, purity and compassion of the Buddha.

    People go to temples for special observances, making merit, listening to Dharma preaching, giving some donations, and join in the other Buddhist activities.
    Keeping the Five Precepts, including abstinence from alcoholic drinks and all kinds of immoral acts.
    Offering food to the monks and novices (in the Alm Bowl)
  • The practice of Renunciation Observe the Eight Precepts, the practice of meditation and mental discipline, stay in the temple, wearing white robes, for a number of days.
    Attending the Candle Light Processing around the Posatha Hall, in the evening of the Vesak Full Moon Day.


Time Activities
10:00 a.m. Participants gather inside the main hall (Uposatha). Religion ceremony begins by paying respects to the Triple Gems (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) and observing the five precepts.
10:15 a.m. Monks chant Jayamangala Sutra
10:30 a.m. Dana (gifts) offering to the monks, monks give blessings, and participants dedicate merits (puṇya/puñña) to all beings
10:45 a.m. Bathing Buddha statutes ceremony
11:00 a.m. Monks collect alms (Pinthapatr)
11:15 a.m. Food offering to monks
12:00 p.m. Participants share lunch meal



Time Activities
1:00 p.m. Participants reconvene at the main hall (Uposatha)
1:15 p.m. Religion ceremony, participants observe the five precepts and recite affirmations for being a Buddhist
1:40 p.m. Dharma talk by Chaokhun Phrarajpariyattivedi (Ajahn Suchart) from Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok, Thailand
2:15 p.m. Monks give blessings and participants dedicate merits (puṇya/puñña) to all beings.
2:30 p.m. Participants circles the main hall (Vientiane), commemorating the great virtues of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
3:00 p.m. Monks conclude the ceremony inside the main hall.


Visakha Puja

Visakha Puja means the worship of the Buddha on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month. It usually falls in May. In the case of a year with an extra eighth lunar month–Adhikamasa (there are 13 full moons in that year)– the Visakha Puja Day falls on the full moon day of the seventh lunar month.

Visakha Puja Day marks the three important incidents in the life of Lord Buddha on the same day – the full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are:

  1. The Buddha’s Birth:
    The Buddha was born into a royal warrior clan in the Lumbini Garden (in an area of Northern India known today as Nepal) In the morning of the Vesak full moon day, 80 years before the Buddhist Era. He was named Siddhattha five days after his birth.
  2. The Enlightenment of Buddha:
    While sitting under the Bodhi tree, he found his answer and attained the enlightenment at the age of 35 years at Uruvelasenanigama subdistrict, Magadha state, (nowadays, located in the area of Buddha Kaya, Bihar State, India), on Wednesday, the Vesak full moon day, the zodiac of the cock, forty five years before the Buddhist Era.
  3. The Nibbana:
    The Buddha passed away on Tuesday, the Vesak full moon day in the zodiac year of the small snake under the two Sal trees in the Sala Grove of the Mallas in Kusinara, the capital of the Malla state, (nowadays located in Kusinagara of Uttrarapradesa, India) at the age of eighty years (around 2547 years ago).
Wat Buddhanusorn
Phone: (510) 790-2294

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