GTA Vesak 2016 planning meeting

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GTA Vesak 2016 will be held at Mississauga Celebration Square on May 28, 2016. Here is the planning meeting invitation we recently received…

Dear Venerable Abbots, Venerable Abbesses and Temple Lay Representatives,

Wesak 2016We, the three organizing temples (West End, Fo Guang and Ching Kwok Buddhist temples in Mississauga & Toronto) have the privilege of organizing Vesak: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration 2016 at the Mississauga Celebration Square on May 28, 2016.  The venue is confirmed; the time is confirmed so this is a go event.  We are inviting all Buddhist temples in the Greater Toronto Area, Peel, Halton, York and other regions to join us in this public event. Last three years this celebration went well with the participation of approximately 7000 people together with about 100 Buddhist monks and nuns of all Buddhist traditions and with the presence of Senators, federal and provincial Ministers, MPs, MPPs and members of the diplomatic corp. Here is a link to video clips and pictures: and

 The organizing committee has called a meeting on Monday March 07, 2016  at 7 PM (sharp) at the Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto located at 6525 Millcreek Dr., Mississauga, ON L5N 7K6.  If you are coming to the meeting, please let us know your names and organizations. Please confirm your attendance by Monday March 1st, 2016 with our coordinators Michael Weldon (905-824-7647) or Lucy Chang (647-219-3128) by writing to

 Our objectives for the meeting are to determine the level of your interest and discuss how we might cooperate within our objectives.

 In the name of the Buddha, let’s come together to celebrate His birthday as one community.

 With many blessings,

 Reverend Dr. Bhante Saranapala                           Michael Weldon

Chair, Organizing Committee                                     Co-ordinator, Organizing Committee

 On behalf of …

 Ven. Dhammawasa                    Ven. Yungku                    Ven. Jian Zong

Abbot                                                Abbess                                Abbot

West End Buddhist Temple               Fo Guang Shan Temple       Ching Kwok Temple

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