The Buddha's Enlightenment

The Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony

Saturday, December 8, 2018    |    4:00 a.m. Place: Vermont Zen Center | 480 Thomas Rd | Shelburne, VT
 At the age of twenty-nine, the Prince of the Shakya Clan, Siddhartha Gautama, saw for the first time: one old man, one sick man, one dead man, one monk, and with that he was plunged into a struggle for Truth which was to continue until Buddhahood itself had been attained.
 From the account of the Buddha's Enlightenment, by Sensei Rafe Martin

The ceremony of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment will take place at the Center on Saturday, December 8, at 4 a.m., on the last morning of the Rohatsu sesshin.

Members not attending sesshin may participate in this ceremony, one of great importance for all Buddhists. Because this is during sesshin, it would be best not to bring children who are too young to remain silent during the ceremony.

The Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s spiritual realization and opening of the Way. His experience, the culmination of years of intense effort, came after seven days of deep meditation when he saw the morning star. The ceremony begins with an account of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, followed by chanting and a symbolic reading of all the sutras.

Please join us for this special event.