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It gives us great joy to invite you as a special guest to the first SIDDHARTHA FESTIVAL, a celebration of the Buddha’s life and teachings in true Indian style and spirit. The festival will be held at the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment: under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya, India. Please save the festival dates, 11th to the 13th of November, 2016.
There is no charge to attend the festival. With prayers, talks, meditation, chants and offerings to the Buddha at the Mahabodhi Temple, as well as Indian dance, music and opportunities to exchange thoughts and share experiences, there will be something for everyone.
As an invited guest, you will be offered seating at the Mahabodhi Temple and one evening of performances, music and dinner at the Birla Dharamshala.
While we wish we could accommodate everyone interested to come, reserved spaces are limited, so in case you would like your close family/friends to attend the festival, please share their name and email address with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche explained why he asked us to create this unique experience, saying:
"Siddhartha was born as an Indian prince, but he wasn’t born enlightened. It is tempting to deify him; to say a God walked amongst us, but that would go against everything he taught us. The moment Prince Siddhartha encountered suffering, he dedicated his life to find a way out of it, for himself and everyone else. He renounced all material belongings, suffered adversity, triumphed over desire and longing to eventually achieve enlightenment. When he became the ‘Buddha’, he laid out the path he followed in a way that any and all humans beings could attain exactly the same enlightenment for themselves. And this is something we should celebrate.
Two millennia later, the Buddha’s wisdom and teachings have spread all over the world and have been integrated into various cultures. His knowledge, informed by the wisdom and cultural traditions of the land around him has become an invaluable gift to the world. The extraordinary path the Buddha chose to walk, now lights the way for those who followed."
For more information, please visit siddharthafestival.com. The website will be periodically updated with information, schedules, how to get there, hotels and other details.
You will receive your festival kit when you arrive at Bodhgaya and regular updates via email.
Siddhartha Festival Team
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Deer Park Institute is a project under Siddhartha’s Intent Society, formed in March 2006 by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. Its core vision is to restore the non-sectarian spirit of the great university of Nalanda to its country of origin, preserving and propagating India’s profound classical wisdom traditions for the benefit of all who live here, as well as the many who come from all over the world pursuing an inner quest.
Vana Foundation : Vana's new endeavour through which it hopes to engage, interact and be of service to an even greater part of society and all sentient beings.
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Khyentse Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the support and enhancement of Buddhist study, practice and scholarship throughout the world. Founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2001, its primary aim is to extend the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion as widely as possible, in order to benefit all beings.