The Buddhist Council of
Northern California presented its annual Vesak Celebration at the Berkeley
Buddhist Monastery on Saturday, May 30, 2009.
The theme of the
celebration, "Steps Along the Way - Dharma Comes To The West"
featured an address by Professor Martin Verhoeven of the Graduate Theological
Union and included the participation of Buddhists from many traditions.
The co-chairpersons for
this sacred Buddhist holiday celebration are: Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto of the
Institute of Buddhist Studies, Venerable Madawala Seelawimnala, IBS Adjunct
Professor; and Venerable Heng Sure, Head Master of the Berkeley Buddhist