Commemorating the Birth, Enlightenment and Death of the Buddha, this Vesak Day celebration is sponsored by the Buddhist Council of Greater St Louis.
This year it was celebrated at the Mid-America Buddhist Association Monastery in Augusta, Missouri.
Busy in the kitchen.
The peonies were in full bloom.
Family activities for the kids, while the adults were meditating and listening to Dharma talks.
BLIA having small items for sale - fundraising for the temple.
More flowers in bloom, type unknown.
The Theravada monks must eat their final meal before noon each day, so came down early.
The vegetarian buffet.
After lunch, walking meditation to the Guan Yin Pavilion.
The lotus and water lilies are just starting to come up.
This dragonfly joined us walking meditation for few steps.
After walking meditation, back to the meditation hall for another Dharma talk.
Monks from several temples around St. Louis, representing various Buddhist traditions, attended the celebration.