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Buddha’s Birthday

May 24, 2024
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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1450 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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On May 24, visitors to the Norton Museum of Art have an opportunity to learn about and pay tribute to this great teacher with a daylong celebration of Buddha’s Birthday that will tie in with works of art connected with Buddhism in the Norton’s Chinese Collection.

Fo Guang Shan Miami Temple and BLIA Miami Chapter in Tamarac will work with the Norton staff to create a day of activities marking the occasion, including the ceremony of bathing the Buddha, spotlight tours focused on works in the Collection, film, and a tea meditation.

  • 1-9 p.m. Bathing the Buddha in the Courtyard. Pouring fragrant water over images of Prince Siddhartha symbolizes inner purification and the elimination of defilements.
  • 6-7 p.m. A lecture with curator Laurie Barnes in the Stiller Family Foundation Auditorium.
  • 7-7:30 p.m. A docent tour focused on the Buddhist works (in the Collection (meets in Ruth and Carl Shapiro Great Hall).
  • 7-9 p.m. Screenings (in 15-minute intervals) of Meeting the Buddha in Stiller Auditorium.
  • 7-9 p.m. (in 30-minute intervals) Tea Meditation in the Great Hall.
  • 6-9 p.m. Open Studio with Teaching Artist Jose Mendez, who will guide participants in creating art inspired by Buddhist-related themes.

Also expect:

  • Spotlight tours on the Buddhist works in the Heidi and John Niblack Gallery.
  • 30-45 minutes of Tai Chi with Juying Janowsky, with descriptions followed by a simple class in the exercise.

For ticket prices and other information, call (561) 832-5196 or visit


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