Sunday, June 03, 2007

Full moon in June: Poson Festival, Sri Lanka

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
The Poson Festival commemorates the anniversary of the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

Full moon in June would be an excellent time to be in the mountainous heart of Sri Lanka at Mihintale (aka Mihinthele), the ‘cradle of Buddhism’ in that beautiful but tragic island. For two days of the full moon of June, the Festival of Poson is in full flight. It is a nationwide commemoration, but Mihintale is the place to be.

It was here in 246 BCE that the Buddhist apostle Arhat Mahinda Thero, special envoy of his father (Asoka, 264 - 267 BCE King of India), met King Devanampiyatissa (307 - 267 BCE) on the full moon day in the month of Poson and officially introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka ...

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