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Vesak at the Vihara May 18th 2024

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Vesak at the Vihara
Dear Devotees and Friends,This Saturday we plan to celebrate Buddhism’s most holy and inspiring holiday, the full moon of May, called Vesak. Join our all-day celebration offering early morning, mid-morning and afternoon observances. And meet Ayya Saccika visiting from Germany.

Program is drop-in, welcome to arrive any time – but you don’t want to miss any of this! Morning is in-person only; at 2pm we add Zoom. See schedule below. Lunch dana is potluck.

Click Here to RSVP for the morning (8AM-Noon) sessions.
Click Here to sign up separately for the afternoon (2PM-4PM) sessions.
We remember with joy the May full-moon birthday of the prince who would become the Buddha. Also, it was under a full moon of May that the former prince gained full awakening, and 45 years later – beneath another full moon of May – the Buddha passed away into complete Nirvana.

Hence for Buddhists the May full moon is the most powerful holy day full of joy, promise, solemnity and awe.



  • 8:00 AM Meditation
  • 9:00 AM Sil (8 Precepts), then Dhamma teaching & discussion


  • 10:00 AM Bodhi tree puja, followed by Pirit blessing chanting
  • 11:00 AM Guided meditation / puja prep
  • 11:30 AM Refuge & 5 precepts, Buddha puja (chanting)
  • Noon Lunch dana

Sign up separately please! (Meeting in person & also on Zoom)

  • 2:00 PM Meditation
  • 2:45 PM Vesak Dhamma talk, discussion
  • 4:00 PM End program

Traditional attire: loose fitting plain white clothing that covers shoulders and knees. While white is most traditional, and 2nd choice is white top & black pants/skirt, if that isn’t easy to arrange just come and don’t worry about your clothes!

What to bring: chairs or mat to sit on outdoors for the meal; reading glasses if needed for chanting; vegetarian food to share (if you can but not required).

Where: The Charlotte Buddhist Vihara is located at 3423 Stonehaven Drive at the corner of Stonehaven Drive and McKelvey. Please park on the street.

No entry fee for this day long event, but donations are welcome to sustain the Dhamma freely offered.


May 18
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Charlotte Buddhist Vihara
3423 Stonehaven Drive
Charlotte,NC28215United States
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