The Buddha's Enlightenment

The Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony

Tuesday, December 8, 2020   |   9:30 a.m. - approximately 10:15 a.m. via Zoom Place: Vermont Zen Center | 480 Thomas Rd | Shelburne, VT
 At the age of twenty-nine, the Prince of the Shakya Clan, Siddhartha Gautama, saw for the first time: one old man, one sick man, one dead man, one monk, and with that he was plunged into a struggle for Truth which was to continue until Buddhahood itself had been attained.
 From the account of the Buddha's Enlightenment, by Roshi Rafe Martin

The ceremony of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment will take place on the last morning of the 4-day Rohatsu Zoom sesshin on Tuesday, December 8, at 9:30 a.m. in place of the teisho.

Members not attending sesshin may participate remotely in this ceremony, one of great importance for all Buddhists.

The Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s spiritual realization and opening of the Way. His experience, the culmination of years of intense effort, came after seven days of deep meditation when he saw the morning star. The ceremony begins with an account of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, followed by chanting and a symbolic reading of all the sutras.


If you are NOT attending sesshin, send in the registration to join us for this special event. After receiving your registration, we will send you a link to the ceremony which you should receive in early December.If you ARE attending sesshin you will automatically be at the ceremony, so please do not register.