On Parinirvana Day, Sangha members commemorate the Buddha’s death. We also remember our family and friends who have died, and the inescapable truth of our own passing.
12 – 1: Shared vegan lunch – please bring food to share
1 – 2.30: Readings, personal reflections, meditation, mantra and offerings of photos and objects to the shrine
3 – 4.50: Talk followed by meditation on the five facts the Buddha recommended everyone should reflect on
5 – 6: Puja
This Parinirvana day we will listen to passages from the Pali Canon, and Garavacitta will give a talk titled What kind of immortality do we want?, drawing on the five reminders to explore the Deathless and Deathfull. (Unfortunately Mahasraddha has had to cancel, and Garavacitta has kindly stepped in to lead the day with Satyamuni.) We’ll end the day with a Puja.
Please bring photos, objects or other reminders associated with impermanence and loss that are significant to you. There will be an opportunity for these to be ritually placed on the shrine. We hope these conditions are supportive for us both individually and collectively to take our practice more deeply, in light of the facts of old age, sickness and death that are a universal truth for us all.
Whether one is a woman or a man, lay or monastic, there are five facts one
should often reflect on:
1. I am subject to ageing: I will grow old
2. I am subject to illness: I will get sick
3. I am subject to death, I will die
4. I must be parted from whatever I love and is dear to me
5. I am the owner of my actions (karma), heir to my actions, actions are the
womb from which I have sprung, actions are my companions, and actions are
my protection. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, of that I will be heir
Upajjhatthana Sutta in Anguttara Nikaya, V.57