Shakyamuni Day 2024 - Nalandabodhi Seattle

Shakyamuni Day 2024

Thu., May 23, 2024
9:00 am - 11:30 am
HYBRID Nalandabodhi Seattle @ Nalanda West

Shakyamuni Day (aka Saka Dawa Düchen, Vesak Day) is Thursday, May 23, 2024.

On Shakyamuni Day (aka Saka Dawa Düchen, aka Vesak) we commemorate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. Ponlop Rinpoche has said Shakyamuni Day is an important holiday for Nalandabodhi members. It is the most important of the four Düchens. Rinpoche encourages us to take this day as a religious holiday off from work to focus on practice and the accumulation of merit—positivity and kindness. In that spirit, please observe a vegetarian diet for the day, or longer.

Shakyamuni Day is a family-friendly holiday. Our observance at Nalanda West will begin with an adult program and practice as well as activities for children. This will be followed by a Shakyamuni Day address by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and the “Bathing the Baby Buddha” ceremony with Acharya Jampa, offered both onsite and online for the entire international sangha, young and old alike. In addition, Lama Rabten will make brief remarks about the significance of this day in the Tibetan Buddhist context, and Mitra Mark will offer some words on its relevance in the 21st century. The remainder of the day will be left to individuals, families, and centers to celebrate as they wish. Upon registration a resource page will be shared offering some suggestions. A complete schedule of events can be found below.


Hybrid: Onsite at Nalanda West and Online


all times are Seattle local (Pacific Time)

Time Mahabodhi Shrineroom Kids’ Menu
9:00 AM The Importance of Shakyamuni Day in the 21st Century (Mitra Mark Power) [online] Children’s Activities including a reading circle downstairs [onsite]
9:15 AM Tibetan Traditions of Vesak (Lama Rabten) [online] Children’s Activities (cont’d)
9:30 AM Liturgical Practice [onsite & online] Children’s Activities (cont’d)
10:00 AM Shakyamuni Day Address by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (Everyone upstairs for DPR)
10:30 AM Bathing the Baby Buddha (Acharya Jampa) [online] Everyone is invited to Bathe the Baby Buddha!

The hybrid portion of the zoom broadcast will be followed by social hour with light refreshments downstairs in the Community Room at Nalanda West.

Click here to see the start time in your local timezone.


Please contact the program coordinator, Karen de Luna <>.

Date/Time Date(s) - Thu., May 23, 2024
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Location HYBRID Nalandabodhi Seattle @ Nalanda West

Loading Map....



Ticket Type Price Spaces
Dana / Teaching Gift
Generosity is the gateway to all virtues. Please consider making a donation to support the sangha and to thank our teachers for sharing the dharma with us.
Registration $0.00

MC (onsite)
MC (online)
Zoom Host (online)
Zoom Tech (online)
AV (onsite)
Kitchen/Hospitality Coordinator (onsite)
Water/Food Service (onsite)
Setup/Cleanup (onsite)
Children & Families Help