10/9/2017 Monday Evening, 133rd Anniversary of the Great Master Luang Pu Wat Paknam Birthday’s Celebration, from 6:30 PM -9:30 PM.
10/15/2017 Sunday, Seattle Annual Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
10/21/2017 Saturday, Katrina Dhammachai Robe Offering at the headquarters in Thailand (join by TV online)
First Session from 6:30 PM-10:00 PM.
The second Session from 11:30 PM-1:00 AM.
11/4/2017 Saturday, Dhammadayada Ordination ***(depend on request)
and the Ceremony to enshrine the New Buddha Statue at the Chapel, between 3:00 to 5:00 PM and also Global Meditation and Buddhist Ceremony (Puja Khoa Phra) at evening from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.
11/5/2017 Sunday, Congratulation to the Great Thera and Maha Thera 10, 20 and 30 Years of their monkhood start at 9:00 AM and end of the ceremony at 11:00 AM. Evening: US&Canada Regional Robe Offering Ceremony (from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM).
11/26/2017 Sunday, Dhammadayada Ordination (short time ordination training program).
This coming September, our Meditation Center will be holding the first annual Fall Retreat at 21910 44th Avenue West, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. As with our other retreats, this event is open to all interested in a day of meditation and inner peace training through guided group meditation, Dharma talks, a meditation question and answer session, and other mindfulness activities.
Introducing the Middle Way Meditation Technique led by Manikanto Bhikkhu. He has been ordained as a monk for 30 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies from the UK and has spent over 20 years guiding meditation and sharing Dhamma to people.
This retreat is suitable for occasional or experienced meditators. This non-religious practice can open the door to inner peace and methods learned can be easily adapted to daily life. All are welcome.
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: 21910 44th Avenue West, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Participants: Those who are interested in Finding happiness through Meditation.
TO ATTEND: Please register in advance no later than Saturday, September 9, 2017, by Email: Seattle072@gmail.com or Register through the Meetup. We will gladly accept a $20 donation to cover the expense of meal and accommodations. Please make check or money order payable to SMC.
For more information, email us at Seattle072@gmail.com or Call Ven. Manikanto at (206) 979-2403 or call Annet at (425) 210-0102.
Welcome to One-day retreat at Seattle Meditation Center, Saturday, September 16th, 2017. Time: 9:00 am to 4.:00 pm. Register now! please call to (425) – 210-0102 or Email: email@example.com. Thank you very much!.
On behalf the Seattle Meditation Center, we would like to say “Thanks” to all members, supporters, and guests whose came to joined our 19th-anniversary celebration last Sunday, August 27th, 2017. Rejoiced your merit.
The special event comes tomorrow, July 7, between 8:30 to 10:00 PM at the parking lot of Seattle MeditationCenter. This event is free of charge! Everyone can join us. The ceremony will follow Chanting, Meditation, and Candlelight. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing. We’ll see you soon.
More than 10,000 candles will be lighted on the symbol of the Wheel of Peace.
***PS. for someone who would like to join the full activities, please come in the morning. Here is the full schedule:
กำหนดการงานบุญฉลองชัยสวดธัมมจักฯ ครบ 90 ล้านจบ วันศุกร์ที่ 7 กรกฎาคม พ.ศ.2560 (Full Schedule on Friday, July 7, 2017)
Asalha Puja Day, also known as Dhamma Day, is the day that marks the beginning of Buddhism. While Vesak Day, or the Buddha’s birthday, is the most famous holiday in Buddhism, also marking the Buddha’s enlightenment on his 35th birthday, Buddhism itself did not exist until a few months afterward.
Following his enlightenment, the Buddha spent several weeks marveling at how profound his realizations were, wondering if others would even be able to understand if he were to teach them. After scanning the world with his enlightened eyes, he found that some people could indeed understand the Dhamma and eventually reach the same level as him. So the newly enlightened Buddha set off to find the people most capable, the five ascetics he practiced with earlier while searching for enlightenment.
The Buddha found his old companions at a deer park near Benares on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month (around July), or Asalha Puja Day, and gave them his first discourse, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.
The Significance of Asalha Puja
While the Buddha’s first sermon is certainly an important event in Buddhism, there are deeper reasons as to why Asalha Puja is significant.
The occasion marked the beginning of Buddhism, not just because it was the day of the first teaching of Buddhism, but also because it was the day the first Buddhist monk came into existence. On top of that, one of the five ascetics, Kondañña, became a stream-enterer (a stage of enlightenment) after listening to the sermon, becoming the second person in the world to have enlightened.
After Kondañña became enlightened, he requested ordination and became the first Buddhist monk, thus creating in the world the Triple Gem, or Three Jewels, of Buddhism; the Buddha, the Dhamma (truth/teachings), and the Sangha (monastic community).
Lastly, by teaching, the historic Buddha completed his Buddhahood as a samma sambuddha, one who discovers the path to enlightenment by himself, and then teaches others.
The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
The Buddha’s first sermon, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta or The Discourse on Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dhamma, is considered the most famous sutta in Theravada Buddhism. Not only is it regarded as the first sermon, it is probably considered to be the most foundational. In fact, the sutta is considered to be a paritta, or a protective text, that Buddhists can chant or listen to in order to help protect themselves from danger.
Content wise, the sutta covers several of the core principles that many would consider to be defining aspects of Buddhism. The discourse starts with the newly enlightened Buddha telling his companions that to find enlightenment, one should not indulge in the joys of the senses, nor should they deprive themselves of basic necessities. One begets attachment, the other hardship. The key is moderation, a majjhima patipada, or a Middle Way, so to speak.
This is followed by a fundamental teaching on the recurring Buddhist theme of dukkha, or suffering. According to the discourse, suffering, which is what Buddhism aims to end, is all around us. Suffering is sickness, aging, death, not getting what you want, getting what you don’t want, etc. Basically, life is suffering.
The Buddha then teaches of non-attachment, a teaching very stereotypically associated with Buddhism. The sutta explains that the cause of suffering is tanha, or desire. Not just the desire for possessions, people or power, but the desire for and attachment to views, beliefs, and opinions, the desire to become something, and the desire to not experience unpleasant things among others. The key to ending suffering, is the elimination of such desire through the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path.
After these fundamental principles were outlined, the sutta affirms the Buddha’s complete enlightenment and the beginning of Buddhism at the Deer Park in Benares, and ends with an acknowledgment that Kondañña understood the sermon.
Although not related to the day itself, Asalha Puja lands on a day that marks the beginning of the rainy season in many tropical countries. The rainy season is significant in Buddhism because it is the period of the vassa, or rains retreat, for monastics.
In the time of the Buddha, monastics who made journeys during the rainy season would inadvertently cause harm to crops and vegetation or accidentally step on insects revealed by the rain as they traveled. This caused the Buddha to make a rule that monastics limit travel and not stay overnight at a place other than their declared location for the season, with reasonable exceptions of course.
The vassa also serves as a period where monastics are able to focus more on Buddhist practice, since they have more time for solitude and meditation during this time period. The rains-retreat begins, coincidentally, on the day after Asalha Puja.
Our first Saturday Meditation or called “World Peace Program” will begin on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 1 pm – 2:45 pm at Seattle Meditation Center 21910 44th Avenue West Mountlake Terrace, WA. 98043.
We like to invite everyone to join us as well as bringing at least one friend with you.
Please RSVP to WorldpeaceUSA@yahoo.com or call 425-210-0102.
We will be delighted to see you all there on Saturday. Refreshment will be served at the end.
On Vesak day, Buddhists around the world gather to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Lord Buddha.
At the United Nations headquarters in New York, people will celebrate International Vesak Day. In Seattle, you can celebrate this great day at the Seattle Meditation Center in Mountlake Terrace.
The History of International Vesak Day
People have commemorated the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing for more than 2500 years.
In December 1999, the United Nations’ General Assembly recognized Vesak Day (Vesakha Bucha) as an international day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Lord Buddha.
From the year 2000 onward, the Vesak Day has been celebrated solemnly at the UN Headquarters in New York and in Bangkok with the support and participation of UN and UNESCO representatives and Buddhist leaders from over 40 countries.
On Saturday May 30th, 2015, Northwest Dharma Association and members will celebrate this event together at the Seattle Meditation Center, the festivities will include a candle lighting ceremony to symbolize the spreading of the light of hope and happiness presented in the Buddha’s teaching.
Please join the celebration at the Seattle Meditation Center, 21910 44th Avenue West, Mountlake Terrace, WA. The opening ceremony begins at 1:45 pm, followed by a traditional Buddhist Offering Ceremony at 2:45 pm, and the candle lighting ceremony at 3:20 pm. If you have questions, please call (425) 608-0096. Thank you! Welcome!