Celebrate the Wesak Festival in Mount Shasta, California!
21st Annual Wesak Celebration, May 1-3, 2015
This Year's Theme: TBA
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The Wesak Celebration is held at the Mt Shasta City Park, Upper Lodge — Click here for directions.
With every century, people see things differently. A 21st Century worldview is emerging — of oneness, interdependence and the primacy of consciousness — but calcified institution stay stuck in the limitations of 20th Century thinking. Our job is to be the presence of the Alternative wherever we are, always presenting another way to see the world whenever love is not put first.
— Marianne Williamson
If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world. We are selfish, that's natural, but we need to be wisely selfish, not foolishly selfish. We have to concern ourselves more with others' well-being, that's the way to be wisely selfish. We have the ability to take the long-term benefit into account. I think it is possible to make real change in this century.
— HH Dalai Lama
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Dawn Fazende discusses Wesak 2012, interview by Judith Conrad
Mt. Shasta: its origin as mecca for spiritual seekers (Mt. Shasta Herald)
This year's event is also a fundraiser for our local Meals on Wheels Auxiliary. Part of the proceeds from Wesak 2014 will be donated to the program.
Meals on Wheels needs a wheelchair accessible van capable of carrying at least 4 wheelchairs. The cost on these is quite substantial — upwards of $50,000. Grants may cover part of the expense but they require matching funds from the program. We are counting on Wesak to provide a descent part of the those funds.
Photo by Living Shasta Photography
Human beings operate in so many realms, above and beyond the miraculous but relatively mundane physical, mental, emotional, and energetic. But what is it that connects us, what are the virtues and substance of our true natures, as individual "consciousnesses" and as the infinite, magical, mystery of which we are all part? And as our world changes, as time seems to speed up, as our minds and bodies and technologies evolve, what remains true and essential? Has this changed? Surely our relationship to it has, as we grow in awareness. With so much changing so fast, how do we stay attuned and aligned to live our part consciously, both personally and universally?
Mount Shasta's Wesak festival is a "spiritual family reunion" begun, in what some consider one of the holiest places on this earth, by the late Dr. Joshua Stone and now under the direction of Dawn Fazende (editor of Mount Shasta Magazine).
Wesak is named for the legendary convergence of Buddha, Christ and other Masters in the hallowed Wesak Valley in the Himalayas during the Buddha full moon occurring in May each year. The convergence is celebrated variously in cultures throughout the world, including annual pilgrimages to the original site. The Mount Shasta Wesak Festival, however, is an event whose scope extends far beyond the Buddhist holiday with whom many associate the term Wesak.
As one of the seven sacred mountains in the world, Mount Shasta is uniquely suited for this annual North American Pilgrimage. The very atmosphere here is charged with powerful energetic currents and a profoundly restorative silence. The mountain is considered alternately as the Heart Chakra or the Head Chakra of the planet. The I AM Activity, a religion based on instructions dictated by St. Germain in the 1930s on Mt. Shasta, states that this is the place where Christ energy enters the planetary grid.
Local Native Americans believe Mt. Shasta is where God lives and Creation began. Many believe there is a city under the mountain and that Mt. Shasta is a portal between dimensions. It is said that the lenticular clouds so frequently seen here are generated when a vehicle moves between dimensions. Tibetan Buddhists, who are building a monastery here, have 28 specific criteria a mountain must meet to be called sacred. Mt. Shasta is the only one in the USA that meets all 28. People have been drawn to be present with Mt. Shasta's pristine and beautiful natural environment for years. They come to renew their souls and spirits and, at Wesak, to hear the best teachers available anywhere who assist with their personal development.
Wesak is an Eastern Tradition
Years ago our local Buddhist Abbey contacted us about the fact that we were using the wrong date to celebrate Wesak. They reminded me that Buddha was born a Hindu, under the Vedic (or Sidereal or Eastern) Astrological system. I checked online and virtually all the Buddhist countries celebrated Wesak at a different time than we were.
So I contacted a Vedic astrologer who cast the Wesak dates back to the time of Christ and found they Wesak was ALWAYS on the full moon of MAY which, in the Vedic system is Taurus. It seemed westerners had again taken an eastern tradition and made it conform to our specifics by using the Tropical (Western) Astrological system.
I looked into this very carefully and came to the conclusion that Alice Bailey made a typical western centric mistake — normal for her time and culture — and assumed Wesak was a western creation, under a western zodiac, the one with which she was familiar. She was told to celebrate on the Taurus Moon (and we all know it's really the Scorpio moon, Taurus sun.) I believe she went with what she knew — the western sun sign of Taurus running from April 21 to May 21.
Many of the descriptions given by various western spiritualists — including I am told Bailey herself — say that the festivals of the three moons are EASTERN in origin. The Buddha full moon is a Vedic tradition — an eastern tradition. (Remember DK is the Tibetan.) The down pouring of the Wesak blessing has always been tied in with Buddha's birth/death/enlightenment, according to Dr. Stone. Wesak is the date of this birth, death and enlightenment. This is celebrated by Buddhist countries as the first full moon in May. The Vedic system shows Taurus at varying times — because it actually calculated when the constellations are directly overhead — but roughly mid May to mid June.
Sun in Taurus, full moon in sun sign Taurus, occurs twice in a year — once in the Tropical and once in the Vedic systems. We decided to used the Vedic system as it seems to be more in keeping with Buddha's heritage and traditions.
Where two or more are gathered the Ascended ones will attend, no matter what the dates may be. It is only we on this plane who are constricted by such measurements. We are fully in touch with Wesak's spiritual energies. Our participants fully receive the outpouring being offered by the Ascended Masters. While doing that they also receive information to allow them to incorporate that energy into their lives.
Would you like to be a vendor at Wesak?
Please or call 530-926-1762 for more information and to reserve the best booth location. Vending space is limited.
PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept cash payments for vendor spaces. No representative of Wesak will ask you for a cash payment. Please pay by check or money order (made out to "Wesak"), credit card or PayPal.
Our vending area is open to the public.
Left: Audience interacting with one of our presenters.
Right: Early shoppers checking products at our Vendor Fair.
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