2018.01.24 Sakyamuni Buddha¡¯s Enlightenment Day

Sakyamuni Buddha¡¯s Enlightenment Day- Laba Congee

Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment on the diamond lotus throne under the Bodhi tree on the auspicious day of 5th January of the Western calendar. This day has come to be known as Buddha Treasure Festival.

During this day, Buddhist monasteries around the world will prepare Laba congee for the public to enjoy while organising many activities to celebrate the momentous day. The idea of Laba congee originated from the incidents, which occurred during Buddha¡¯s six years of asceticism. At one stage, the Buddha became thin to the bones, and near death. At that time, a shepherd girl offered Buddha a bowl of milk; it was sustenance that saved his life. After regaining strength, Buddha sat meditating under the Bodhi Tree, gazed at the stars and attained enlightenment.

It was the bowl of milk, which has given us the conditions to have Sakyamuni Buddha as our teacher, and to commemorate this momentous event, special eight-grain congee is prepared as an offering to the Buddha and Bodhisattvas and a chance to form affinities with the ten directions.

Come and join us for a bowl of delicious congee! Registration required.

Date: 24/1/18
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Venue: FGS South Island Buddhist Temple
Address: 2 Harakeke Street, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03-341 6276 registration required for having the free bowl of Laba Congee