Sat 26 May BEMAC - Vesak - A Sri Lankan Experience (free)

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Vesak – A Sri Lankan Experience
Free Event
7 pm Saturday May 26 2007
Yungaba, 120 Main Street, Kangaroo Point.

This event is a celebration of the birth, enlightenment and passing of Buddha and is presented by the Queensland Buddhist Vihara (temple) in Goodna.

Born a prince, Siddhartha Gautama was destined to leave his once luxurious life for one of complete worldly detachment. Upon attaining this enlightenment, Gautama was known as Buddha or The Enlightened One. 2551 years ago in India, on a full moon night, Buddha left this earthly life. Each May, Buddhists from all over the world celebrate these three important stages of Buddha’s life.

In today’s world of strife, chaos and war, Buddha’s message of peace and harmony is more relevant than ever. His teaching appeals to people from all walks of life, irrespective of colour, creed or social standing because the teachings are focused on purification of the mind resulting in the transformation of each individual.

The festival will feature a spectacular rotating lantern, made up of 20 individual lanterns with flashing and colour filled light. The lantern is the result of the work of many dedicated volunteers over a 3 month period, using recycled machinery parts to create the ingenious driving mechanism which rotates the lanterns. Hundreds of smaller Vesak lanterns will create an atmosphere of peace and joy and a food stall serving tasty Sri Lankan dishes will also add another dimension to the ambiance of the event. (Ceylon Inns Restaurants)

This event is supported by the Brisbane City Council and the Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre.

Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: Yungaba, 120 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Media: Bronte Morris director@bemac.org.au
Ph: 3391 4433 / 0434 273 541

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