Vesak Timetable for Home Celebration

Updated 30 March 2022

Vesak Timetable for Home Celebration


Please feel welcome to celebrate at home. All welcome to participate. Free.


19.00-19.05 Five minutes silence

19.05-19.25 Chant the BGKT Puja Sheet and Metta Sutta in Pali and read in English – offer flowers candles and incense at the appropriate times

19.25-19.55 Meditation on Loving-kindness Metta (30 mins)

19.55-20.25 Dhamma Talk or Dhamma Study (30 mins) Topic the significance of Vesak

20.25-20.55 Sitting Meditation Anapanasati (30 mins)

20.55-21.00 Chant in Pali and English “May all beings be well and happy. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu”

Chanting of the Mangalas [Blessings] by those who have taken Eight Precepts (Eight Uposatha Precepts or Ajivatthamaka Sila) and are wearing sashes presented by their senior Bhikkhu Preceptor and white cream or beige clothes


Bhavana Vandana: Bhavana Devotions, compiled by Dr Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Thera, Bhavana Society High View, West Virginia USA, (Second edition) 2001

The Buddha and His Message: Past Present Future: United Nations Vesak Day Lecture by Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS, Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka, Second edition 2010 (BP 108S) (ISBN 978-955-24-0346-0)

Buddhist Studies: Life of the Buddha, Buddhanet

Buddhist Suttas for Recitation, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Wisdom Publications, 2019. ISBN 9781614294894

Daily Buddhist Devotions, by Ven K Sri Dhammananda, BMS Buddhist Missionary Society, Malaysia, (Second edition) 1991. ISBN 967-9920-54-2 ISBN 967-9920-61-5

Significance of the Full Moons in Buddhism, by Alec Robertson, BCC Buddhist Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka, (3rd edition) 1998. ISBN 955-8129-04-6

Wheel 54 The Mirror of the Dhamma: A Manual of Buddhist Chanting and Devotional Texts, by Nārada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa

Wheel 178 Significance of Vesak, by K.N. Jayatilleke

Wheel 206-207 Lay Buddhist Practice: The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day, and Rains Residence, by Bhikkhu Khantipālo

Wheel 402-404 Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka by A. G. S. Kariyawasam