May 25 • 10am-noon • Birth of the Buddha

Practice of the Buddha and the 16 Arhats.  Buddha Shakyamuni personally selected the 16 Arhats from among his disciples and requested them to remain in the world, protecting the Dharma for as long as beings are capable of benefiting from the teachings. They vowed at the time of the Buddha’s parinirvana to remain in the world and maintain the Dharma until the time of the future Buddha Maitreya. To visualize the Buddha Shakyamuni surrounded by the 16 Arhats and an assembly of bodhisattvas generates great merit and quickly develops insight into the teachings of the Buddha.