Buddha’s Birthday at Durham University Oriental Museum
Join us for an afternoon of relaxing guided meditation, a Buddhist-inspired chigiri-e paper collage workshop led by Japanese arts Noriko Matsubara, object handling and activities exploring Buddhist philosophy.
Buddha’s Birthday (also known as Vesak) is celebrated around the world and commemorates the birth of the Buddha in around 563 BCE. Born a prince, Buddha went on to renounce his privileged royal life and become a holy man, ultimately reaching Enlightenment.
The Museum will be decorated with paper cranes and lanterns and there will be a fun gallery trail and storytelling for children.
Visitors will also be able to take part in Buddha Bathing and pour flower-scented water over a statue of the infant Buddha, symbolising the cleansing of body, speech and thoughts.
All activities are FREE of charge and are suitable for all the family. We look forward to welcoming you to this special day.
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Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, County Durham DH1 3TH
Sun 15 May