Dharma Day

Sunday 29th July 10:00am - 4:30pm. Led by Atulyamati.

Dharma Day is one of our five main festival days (along with Buddha Day, Sangha Day, Parinirvana Day and Padmasambhava Day) and is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. Dharma Day celebrates when the Buddha gave his first teaching at the deer park in Sarnath.

The day will include meditation, talks, discussion, a group lunch, and pūjā.

Programme

Time Activity
10:00am Introduction
10:15am Meditation & Dhamma Reading
11:30am Tea Break
12:00pm Exploring Dhamma Treasures Presented by Tina and Deborah
12:30pm Group Discussions
1:00pm Lunch*
2:30pm Pūjā
3:30pm Exploring Dhamma Treasures Presented by Bodhilehi and Sujayinī

* 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.

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 the whole day 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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