Each year, the full moon in May (the Buddhist month of Baishakh) brings Buddha’s Birthday, and this year is his 2564th! It’s good to know there’s a stay at home, Zoom-based celebration planned in these times, Thursday, May 7,  2-7 pm.

The five-hour commemoration begins with the Namasangiti, or chanting of names, and a children’s program with life stories of Buddha. Then the Lighting of the 108 butter lamps, the Refuge Prayer Dance & Song and there’s even an open mic, for those who want to share song, dance or poems.

The day is dedicated to dispelling the darkness of COVID-19, and opening up a world of peace, contentment and enthusiastic effort in altruistic activity.

The event is hosted by Nritya Mandala Mahavihara, the first Nepalese Buddhist Temple in the West, and the home of Dance Mandal. All are welcome to join the Zoom celebration. Email info@nrityamandala.org for the meeting ID and details. See dancemandal.com for more or call 503.233.3703.