On April 14, 15 and 16, Abhayagiri will be having ceremonies to consecrate the Buddha image in our new meditation hall, and everyone is welcome to come and join in with us. Although it is not the grand opening which we will have when the building and grounds are completely finished (hopefully within a year), this building has been a construction site for a very long time, and we feel that it would be auspicious to come together and inaugurate the hall as a shrine, puja, and meditation space.
We will be having three sessions (one on each of these three days) of chanting, recitations, and meditation. In addition, each of the sessions will be live streamed over the Internet for those that cannot participate in person.
Additionally, Sunday, April 16th is Songkran (Thai New Year), and we will have have additional events that day:
- 10:00 am: Buddha washing ceremony
- 10:30 am: Almsround
- 11:00 am: Meal offering
- 1:00 pm: Meditation Hall Ceremony as above
For a complete copy of the daily program and text of ceremony, please click here. The chanting book used in the ceremony is the new two-volume edition from Amaravati. Volume One and Volume Two are available on the Amaravati website.