Kagyu Ling celebrates International Buddhist Day

International Buddhist Day

Buddhists around the world come together each year on International Buddhist Day to celebrate a shared commitment to the Buddha’s example and teachings. At the heart of this celebration is the veneration of Lord Buddha as a small child riding on an elephant.

Kagyu Ling celebrated this year by dedicating its Chenrezi puja to the flourishing of Buddha’s teachings, in all their many manifestations, around the world. This message was reinforced by the presence of a special guest.

Phrakhru Dhammabhissamai is a Theravadan Buddhist monk and a Director of the Isaan campus of Mahamakhut University in the north of Thailand. He is studying in Manchester and it was an honour to welcome him on such a special day.

The puja was also dedicated to the memory of Russell Williams. Russell founded the first ever Buddhist group in Greater Manchester in the 1950’s and, sadly, died a year ago. His encouragement of the City’s early Buddhists to explore a wide range of Buddhist thinking from around the world was instrumental in the flourishing of the many and varied Buddhist Centres which exist in Manchester today.

After the puja we celebrated in our usual way by eating cake and drinking tea in Kagyu Ling’s lovely garden with our honoured guest!