Lotus Lantern Ceremony
Lotus Lantern Ceremony, on the occasion of Buddha¡¯s Birthday. The ceremony will be dedicated to peace in the Korean Peninsula and the World.
It will take place on Saturday, May 15th from 10:30-1pm & 2:20pm-4:40pm, in the Constitution Gardens just off the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Church of the Epiphany near the White House, in Washington, DC.
Lighting a lantern on Buddha¡¯s Birthday symbolizes the enlightenment of sentient beings through Buddha¡¯s wisdom and compassion. As this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, we would like to call upon the wisdom and compassion of the world to bring an end to the war and bring about peace and reconciliation to the region.
The ceremony will consist of two parts. In Part I, everyone is invited to make their own lotus lanterns, as well as hear from Venerable Pomnyun and other luminaries. We will also feature traditional Korean merrymaking performances. For Part II, the venue is moved to the Church of the Epiphany near the White House. We will engage directly with Venerable Pomnyun in his renowned Q&A Dharma Talk, ¡°Design Your Life with True Happiness,¡± which will be interpreted from Korean to English to encourage active participation from everyone.
Sponsored by: The U.S. Branch, Jungto Society and Good Friends USA
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