Buddha Enlightenment Ceremony 3/4/15

We had the incredible fortune of being in Kuraburi when the local Buddhist Temple was celebrating the day Buddha reached Enlightenment. This is a very significant event in the Buddhist religion and the ceremony was a very pious experience. Our students were very respectful and greatly appreciated the opportunity to witness this annual ceremony.

The ceremony consisted of Buddhist prayers and chants. The Monks and the participants then walked around the temple three times while carrying candles, incense, and flowers. The procession ended at the front of the Temple, where you could place your bouquet and say a prayer. The bouquets were also placed around the trees surrounding the Temple. Then, there was more Buddhist chanting and prayers. It was truly beautiful.

One of our Muay Thai instructors was also at the ceremony. Her and her friends wanted a photo with the students, so we were able to get another quality group picture!


Please forgive the blurriness of some photos. I turned the flash off in respect for the ceremony.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

4 thoughts on “Buddha Enlightenment Ceremony 3/4/15

  1. The ceremony was beautiful, and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to witness such an important event. However, something about taking part in such a celebration felt wrong, since I felt that it did not belong to us. It seemed unfair to join in the ritual as an outsider. For me especially, since I have no religious tradition of my own, it was slightly unsettling. Still, it was a beautiful ceremony, and we were all aware of the spiritual significance.

  2. It is very lucky of us to join the ceremony, and actually being a part of it. We visited the temple couple days before, The views changes between morning and evening. As the ceremony begins we had to wait for the monks to go though first ,and we would follow them. People would carry candles and flowers. We had to walk around the temple three times. It was incrediblely fun and I enjoyed it a lot!

  3. I am very thankful to witness such a powerful and fascinating ceremony. The whole village was attending this ceremony and it was an incredible experience. I enjoyed this night very much.

  4. This was a very interesting ceremony because I have never experienced seeing almost a whole village come to celebrate together. The ceremony was very nice how we walked around the temple, and how most of the people there had candles and flowers.

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