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Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Six, Under the Mucalinda Tree

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Six, Under the Mucalinda Tree

Tuesday 21 May 2024 6:24pm – 8:24pm

The Buddha is said to have taken 7 weeks to become fully Enlightened, weeks which he spent meditating and reflecting under and around the Bodhi Tree. 

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. In doing so we'll meet a whole array of archetypal symbols which are represented in historical and semi-historical incidents. These symbols are not to be taken literally. They are not literally true but like all myth, they contain deep truths which can help us in our own lives.

The Buddha has moved again and is is sitting under the 'Mucalinda Tree' when a great storm arises. The Buddha is going to get soaked and become very cold. But a great Naga or serpent called Mucalinda lives in the tree and comes down to the ground and winds his coils around the Buddha seven times opening his (cobra-like) hood above the Buddha's head, keeping him warm and dry. And, after 7 days, the rain stops and the Naga transforms into a beautiful young man who bows to the Buddha.

This sixth week is the stuff of myth and archetype. What is a naga? Why does it transform into a young man? And what is the relevance of the number seven? Tonight Shakyapada will explore these and other questions with us.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too.

No need to book, just turn up.

The evening is freely given but we would very much appreciate a donation of £8-£12, or whatever you can give, to help cover our costs. York Buddhist Centre depends for its existence almost entirely on donations from those who use it. No one is paid at YBC. Please support us if you can.

Shakyapada   Led by Shakyapada