Vap Full-Moon Day Program - 2019

Vap Full Moon Day 
One Day Retreat (Free)
October 26, 2019
Lankarama Buddhist Institute

What is VAP  Fullmoon Day?

According to Buddhist history, the Blessed One ended his seventh Rains Retreat in the Celestial Realm of Tavatimsa on Vap Full-Moon Day. Therein the Buddha preached Abhidhamma to an assembly of celestial beings headed by his former mother (Mahamaya) who was born here as a powerful celestial deity called Matrudivyaraja following her death after giving birth to Prince Siddhattha. There was a large assembly of devotees when the Buddha descended from Tavatimsa heavenly realm to the city of Sankassa (Sankassapura) and preached Dhamma to the great assembly. It's also recorded in the history that venerable Sariputta was honored by the Buddha on this day as the foremost among the Wise. "Etadaggaṃ, bhikkhave, mama sāvakānaṃ bhikkhūnaṃ mahāpaññānaṃ yadidaṃ sāriputto." (AN, Etadagga Pali). Venerable Sariputta, the Chief Disciple of the Buddha is said to have answered the many questions asked by the audience. This Vap is supposed to be a period of sowing in the ancient agricultural society of India.
Image Source: British Museum Online Collection Gallery

  • 08:30 AM - Observing Eight Precepts & Buddha Vandanā
  • 09:00 AM - Dhamma Talk on THE IMPORTANCE OF VAP FULL MOON DAY         by Venerable Dhammaratana 
  • 10:00 AM - Dhamma Discussion on TILAKKHANA by Chandana Gamalath
  • 11:00 AM - Buddha Vandanā
  • 11:30 AM - Offering of Lunch to the practitioners

  • 12:30 PM - Walking Meditation
  • 01:30 PM - ĀNĀPĀNASATI Meditation    by Venerable Sumitta
  • 02:30 PM - Tea Break
  • 03:00 PM - Dhamma Talk on PARĀBHAVA SUTTA by Venerable Rakkhita                            Click HERE for PARĀBHAVA SUTTA (Downfall) translated by Narada Thera
  • 04:30 PM - Releasing of Eight Precepts

  • 07:00 PM - Dhamma Talk on THE CONCEPT OF MUNI by Venerable Sumitta          
  • 08:00 PM - 28 Buddha Vandanā
  • 08:30 PM - Deva Puja conducted by Venerable Nagitha 
  • 09:00 PM - Refreshments
Inside the main shrine room

 Devotees attending the ceremony

Beautiful Bodhi Tree area

Sharing merits with the celestial beings

Raja & Kamini Edirisuriya
Sujatha Gunathilaka
Sunethra Ranaweera
Vishaka Wickramasinghe
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente - CA91744
Tel: 626-913-0775


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