Croydon Buddhist Centre
Every rainy season the disciples would gather on retreat, renew their friendships, share insights and hear the Dharma. On this day we celebrate the spiritual community of committed friends and their supportive influence in leading the Buddhist life.
This is the central festival of the Buddhist year. On the May full moon, seated under the Bodhi tree, the Buddha awakened to the truth which He knew went beyond all suffering.
Eight weeks passed after the Buddha's Enlightenment, and on this full moon day, the Buddha first communicated his understanding to another human being. We celebrate the Gift of the Dharma and its transformative effect in our lives.
On this day Buddhists commemorate the passing into final Nirvana of the Buddha. We contemplate the universal truth of impermanence and bring metta to the individual losses we have experienced in the past year.
The Buddhist year is rich in festivals, including those celebrating the Three Jewels - the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the unifying ideals for all Buddhists. Buddhists around the world gather to meditate together, perform puja and reaffirm their commitment. Most festivals fall on or near the Full Moon, following the tradition of the Buddha's own disciples who marked the full moon by practising together.
In addition we hold monthly FULL MOON PUJAS, bringing a ritual dimension to everyday life.
It is good to see the noble ones. Their company is always a delight. The Buddha
Monday 21st January
Tuesday 19th February
Thursday 31st March
Monday 30th April
Friday 19th May
Monday 17th June
Tuesday 16th July
Thursday 15th August
Saturday 14th September
Sunday 13th October
Tuesday 12th November
Thursday 12th December
Full Moon Dates 2019