Program Details

Vesak Day

May 19 / 10:00 AM - May 19 / 5:00 PM

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center's fifth joint celebration of Vesak Day!

A celebration of Siddhartha Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana.
Everyone is welcome to this multitraditional Buddhist event offered by Pittsburgh Buddhist organizations.

Morning Practice Opportunity at the Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center:

10:00am - 10:30am - Sitting Meditation Practice

10:30am - 11:40am - Contemplation and discussion on the Four Noble Truths

  • First Truth: Life means suffering

  • Second Truth: The origin of suffering is attachment

  • Third Truth: The cessation of suffering is attainable

  • Fourth Truth: The path to the cessation of suffering

11:40am - 12:00 noon - Sitting Meditation Practice


3:00pm - 5:00pm - Vesak Day Celebration at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church (North Side/Downtown)

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
416 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Highlights of the event are the bathing of Baby Buddha, chanting, offerings, sutra recitation, dharma words, group meditation for world peace, and a procession to Allegheny Landing for a ceremony releasing water into the rivers wishing peace for the world. A reception will follow. Children’s activities will be available.

This Event is FREE but donations to the Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh are welcome.

*We apologize that the church is not handicapped-accessible. However, we invite everyone to join us for the water ceremony at Allegheny Landing.
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