Parinirvāṇa Day

Sunday 18th February 10:00am - 4:30pm. Led by Sīlanātha and Sujayinī.

Parinirvāṇa Day is one of our five main festival days (along with Buddha Day, Dharma Day, Saṅgha Day and Padmasambhava Day) and is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. It marks the Buddha's death, or parinirvāṇa.

The day will include meditation, talks on the theme of spiritual death, discussion, a group lunch, and pūjā.

There will also be supervised activities for children during the meditations and talks so children of all ages are also welcome to join!


Time Activity
10:00am Introduction
10:30am Meditation and Reflections on the Buddha
Children's Activity: Introduction to the Buddha (animation short) and Lotus Paper Crafting for Pūjā
11:40pm Tea Break
12:00pm Group Discussions
1:00pm Lunch*
2:30pm Talks on experiences of Spiritual Death — Talks given by Atulyamati, Kṣāntivajra and Sīlanātha
Children's Activity: Parinirvāṇa Short Story, Mindfulness Mandala Colouring
3:30pm Tea Break
3:45pm Parinirvāṇa Pūjā
4:30pm Clear up and depart

* 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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