Center will mark Buddha's birthday
The Maui Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center will celebrate Buddha's birthday with prayers and meditation beginning at 6 p.m. today, according to an announcement.
The center is at 81 Baldwin Ave. in Paia.
A special ceremony will take place around the Great Paia Lha Bab Peace Stupa and in the temple gardens. The Venerable Lama Gyaltsen, the center's spiritual director, will lead the community in prayers offered in honor of the historical Gautama Buddha.
The Peace Stupa will be adorned with lights as a reminder of the collective wish for world peace and the Buddha's teachings on nonviolence and loving kindness.
On the full-moon day of the fourth lunar month, which in the Tibetan tradition is called Saga Dawa, three important events in the Buddha Gautama's life are honored - his birth, his death and his attainment of nirvana.
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The event will conclude with a community offering of 108 lotus lights.
Mission to celebrate its centennial
The Wailuku Jodo Mission will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a Centennial Obon Festival on June 20.
At 7 p.m. in the temple, a service will be held for Hatsu Bon (first Obon) families and a memorial to honor all the ancestors of past members and supporters over the last 100 years. The service will be followed with bon dancing.
Maui Taiko and other taiko drummers will accompany the bon dance music. Food concessions will be open in the social hall.
The mission is at 67 Central Ave. in Wailuku. For more information, contact the Rev. John Hara at 244-0066.