"Seeking but not finding the house builder,
I travelled through the round of countless births:
Oh painful is birth ever and again.
House builder, you have now been seen;
You shall not build the house again.
Your rafters have been broken down;
Your ridge pole is demolished too.
My mind has now attained the unformed Nibbana
And reached the end of every kind of craving."
Buddha's Enlightenment Day celebrates the three days that Siddhartha Gautama sat under the bodhi tree in India and attained enlightenment, or awakening. On the third day of unbroken sitting more than 2500 years ago, he awoke and saw the world and, after some prodding by associates, began to teach others. Thus, he became the Buddha (the Pali word for teacher). This sitting is a remembrance of that, a quiet, calming way to take note that one already has everything one needs. You don't have to spend the whole night and can come for as little as two hours. If you stay after midnight, we kindly ask that you stay until 4 am, to avoid disrupting others. The event is open to all; a donation or offering is appreciated.
8-10 pm, first sitting
10 pm, Special Ceremony
10 pm-Midnight, second sitting
Midnight-4 am, third sitting