Everyone is invited to celebrate Magha Puja Day on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Sarasota Forest Monastery. The ceremony will take place at 520 Lewis St., Englewood Fl 34223 beginning at 10:30 am.
-10:30 am: Pay homage to the Triple Gem and receive the 5 Precepts
-11:00 am: Offer food to the monastics followed by a potluck brunch
-12:00 pm: Receive the monk’s blessing and listen to the Dhamma talk
End of the day’s activities
Magha Puja - Māgha Pūjā day marks the four auspicious occasions occurring at the Veḷuvana bamboo grove, near Rājagaha in northern India ten months after the enlightenment of the Buddha. On that occasion, as recorded in the commentary to the Mahāsamayasutta (DN 20) four marvellous events occurred:
-1,250 disciples came to see the Buddha that evening without being summoned.
-All of them were Arahants, Enlightened Ones, and
-All were ordained by the Buddha himself: Ehi-bhikkhus.
-It was the full-moon day.
On this occasion the Buddha gave those Arahants the principles of Buddhism, called "The ovadapatimokha". Those principles are: To cease from all evil; To do what is good; To cleanse one's mind. In Thailand, this teaching has been dubbed the "heart of Buddhism”.