Water Festival, Burmese New Year
Sunday April 13, 2014, 10am – 4pm
Sitagu Buddha Vihara, 9001 Honeycomb Dr. 78737
Food – Burmese Dancing and Singing – Family Fun – Splashing
For those of you who are coming to the Water Festival (Thingyan) scheduled for this Sunday, I would like to suggest that you spend some time enjoying the festivities, entertainment and food, but that you also use this as an opportunity to learn about the monastery and meet the monks, and talk with me.
The monks do not participate in the festivities (except we do eat), but are available in the background for anyone to meet with. I would like to declare 9:30 in the morning to be good group time: I will conduct a tour at that time, starting at the pagoda, and be available for answering questions. Entertainment will probably get started around 10-ish, so you can slip away as required. I will generally be available all day, for tours, Dhamma discussions or whatever. You can ask anyone who looks like he or she might know for “the American monk” to find me.
Specific things scheduled beside entertainment that I suggest you come to are:
Sometime between 11 and 11:30: food offering to the monks (and probably one nun). It is a simple group-participation ritual. Even kids like it. Monks eat before noon. Lay folks will begin eating shortly after the monks.
At 1:00 (Burmese time, which is usually later than Zen time, but you never know) there will be a (hopefully) short Dhamma program, taking precepts and a Dhamma talk. You might find this interesting, but I suggest sitting kinda near the door, in case it gets long-winded. It is also likely to be primarily in Burmese, though the abbot always speaks partly in English.
Definitely bring kids if you have any.