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Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment

The Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony

Shakyamuni Buddha
7 dec 2023 Zoom Link
  • Toronto Zen CentreLocation
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PMTime

At the age of twenty-nine, the Prince of the Shakya Clan, Siddhartha Gautama, saw for the first time: one old man, one sick man, one dead man, one monk, and with that he was plunged into a struggle for Truth which was to continue until Buddhahood itself had been attained.

Rafe Martin
Roshi Rafe Martin

On Thursday, December 7, we will have a special ceremony commemorating the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. The ceremony takes place after a short sitting and begins with a dramatic reading of the Buddha's Enlightenment.

The Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s spiritual realization and opening of the Way. His experience, the culmination of years of intense effort, came after seven days of deep meditation when he saw the morning star. The ceremony begins with an account of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, followed by chanting and a symbolic reading of all the sutras.

Please join us for this special event.