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Happy Birthday Buddha! Vesak 2015: Life Is Not As It Seems Nor Is It Otherwise

May 30, 2015

not_and_not_not                       According to Longchenpa, “Life Is Not As It Seems Nor Is It Otherwise.” Longchenpa (1308-1364) was an important spiritual leader, philosopher, teacher, and writer of Tibetan Buddhism. Many of his works are currently in print in English translations.

Tomorrow is one of the most important Buddhist celebrations–Vesak, or Buddha’s birthday.

In some Buddhist cultures, Vesak was celebrated last month. But for the Vietnamese and others, it will be celebrated Sunday, May 31.

Locally, events for VESAK or Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony at An Lac Mission, 901 S.Saticoy Avenue, Ventura, CA 93004 include: 10:00AM- Dhamma Talks: Ven.Thich Thong Hai (in Vietnamese) (Place: Shrine Room) Ven. Sutadhara (in English) (Place: Peace Garden) 10:55AM- Opening Remarks: Ven. Thich Thong Hai 11:00AM- Worship, Blessings, and the Bathing of the Baby 12:30PM- Lunch & Entertainment 02:00PM- Taking the Refuge of the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha Ceremony 03:00PM- Closing Remarks.


Artwork above by Leslie Wongmo-Rinchen. For more about her work and events this month in her Threads of Awakening Stdio, read on!

Creating BuddhasBenefit for Focus on the Masters
Tuesday, June 2, 7pm
Downtown Ventura, CA
Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas is the only documentary ever made about the sacred art of Tibetan appliqué. In this beautiful film, you’ll discover the deep spiritual roots of this ancient textile art as you watch the creation of a Green Tara thangka.
All proceeds will go to support FOTM’s work promoting Art Appreciation and Education.
$10 FOTM members
$15 non-members
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Call 805-653-2501 or click here to purchase online.
Also going on at the Threads of Awakening Studio in June:
Film Night at the Studio
Thursday, June 18, 7pm
Daughters of Dolma takes you on a riveting journey to a distinctively female experience of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley.
Particularly poignant in the wake of Nepal’s tragic earthquakes which have affected these nuns directly, this documentary reveals Tibetan Buddhist nuns as full individuals, beyond their monastic vows and religious practices.
Fun and unexpected situations arise in the interaction between ancient  monastic tradition and the modern world.
Please RSVP. Space is limited.
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