Online Retreat

Vesak 2024: Celebrating the Buddha and the Triple Gem

Vesak (Pāli: Visākha Pūjā) is the Buddhist holiday honoring the birth, awakening, and death of the Buddha. Held on the midsummer full moon, it is a beloved festival day throughout the Buddhist world. Celebrating the Buddhist holidays can help us deepen in faith, confidence in the path, inspiration, and gratitude for the gift of the Dharma in our lives. To honor Vesak 2024 (year 2568 in the Buddhist calendar), we will share simple chants from the Forest Saṅgha and Mahāyāna traditions, learn a meditation on the qualities of the Buddha called Buddhānussati, and celebrate the presence of the Dharma in our lives and in the world. All are welcome.

Teaching Team

Sean Oakes, PhD

Sean Oakes, PhD

Teacher

Sean Oakes, PhD, teaches Buddhism and Yoga focusing on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield, and wrote his dissertation on extraordinary meditative states. His current research explores identity, ancestry, and rebirth, and working with the body in contemplative inquiry.

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