Vesak

The Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh invites you to Vesak in Pittsburgh – An Annual Celebration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and paranirvana. Everyone is Welcome! The event is free; however all donations to help offset costs will be appreciated.

An associated children’s program will precede the Celebration, starting at 11:00 AM inside the Children’s Museum. For the Celebration starting at 3:00 PM, local Buddhist groups will share thoughts & traditions on our connections to Mother Earth. Activities include bathing the baby Buddha, chanting and mindfulness practice, followed by a procession to the Allegheny River where everyone can offer a ladle of blessed water for world peace. Light refreshments will be offered at riverside.

Here are the details about the children’s program:
 Time: 11AM-2PM
Location: The Art Studio, 1st Floor Children’s Museum
Program: As a prelude to the Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh’s Annual Vesak Celebration please bring your family free of charge to the Art Studio on the first floor of the Children’s Museum to learn about the tradition of sculpting tormas, mindful symbolic offerings in Tibetan Buddhism and make your own miniature torma to take home.  From 11AM to 2PM you can view photos and video of traditional torma making as well as actual examples as inspiration. Bonnie Weiss, Youth Sangha Coordinator for Olmo Ling Bon Buddhist Center and Mindfulness Educator, along with teen volunteers from the BSP will tell Tibetan Folktales and facilitate creating personal tormas to express each child or families individual intention for their sculpture.

 

For more information, check out our Facebook event!

 

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Poster with a photograph of the hand of a carved and gilded statue of the Buddha. Overlaid is the following text: Touching the Earth – The Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh invites you to VESAK, our annual celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, & parinirvana. – All Are Welcome!! – Sunday, May 15, 2016 3:00-5:00 PM – Buhl Community Park, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (in front of Children’s Museum) – Local Buddhist groups will share thoughts & traditions on our connections to Mother Earth. Group activities include bathing the baby Buddha, chanting, mindfulness practice & a children’s program (check times at https://pittsburghbuddhist.org) – Followed by a procession to the Allegheny River, everyone can offer a ladle of blessed water for world peace. Light refreshments at the riverside. – The event is free, however donations to offset the costs of the event are welcome. – for more information, visit: https://facebook.com/groups/BuddhistSocietyPittsburgh

 

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