Buddha Day

Sunday 20th May 10:30am - 4:30pm. Led by Kusaladāna, Sīlanātha and Sujayinī.

In a world tipped upside down by Trump, Putin, Brexit and Syria - what is the relevance of the Buddha today? Join Sujayinī, Sīlanātha and Kusaladāna to discover the meaning of the Buddha in the 21st century.

This festival day is family friendly and there will be themed supervised activities for children throughout the day so children of all ages are also welcome to join!


Time Activity
10:30am Introduction
11:00am Meditation
11:40pm Tea Break
12:00pm Talk: The Buddha's Enlightenment and why it’s essential for the world today
12:30pm Group Discussions
1:00pm Lunch*
2:30pm Personal Talks: My connection with the Buddha
3:30pm Tea Break
3:45pm Shakyamuni Pūjā

* All of our day events run a “bring and share” style lunch, so please bring food to share. All food brought into the centre must be vegetarian, but as many of those attending will be vegan, we suggest vegan only food.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been coming?

Everyone is welcome, but the day will be especially suitable for those know the stages to the two meditations taught at the centre.

I'm not a very good cook - what food can I bring?

We can never have enough of the basics: things like salad, bread, hummus, crisps and fruit always go down well.

What age range are the children's activities suitable for?

Children of all ages are welcome.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up!

I can't make the whole day - can I come for just some of it?

Of course! Many people who come for half the day will come just for the morning, leaving at lunch time, or the other way around. But you're welcome to come for whatever parts of the day you can make - just try to turn up at one of the times on the programme so we're not in the middle of an activity.

What is pūjā?

A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.

It is probable that there will be several people who have never done pūjā before so we will be sure to give an introduction.

How much does the day cost?

All of our events are run on a donation basis. There is no set charge, we just ask you to give what you can to support the day. The suggested amount for this event is £12.

Where to Find Us

We're just off St. Botolph's Roundabout, across from the Colchester Town Station, just to the left of Mersea Road. Parking is available in Britannia Car Park (behind the station) for £1 or Napier Road Car Park (first right off Mersea Road) for £2.50.

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