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The Washington, DC area International Buddhist Committee is an interdenominational collection of local Buddhist organizations coming together to organize and promote events of interest to the entire Buddhist community.  Since 1986, IBC member temples have hosted a yearly International Vesak Festival celebrating the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (passing beyond).

International Buddhist Committee of Washington, D.C.


The 19th Annual

International Vesak Day

May 21, 2005/2549


Join Buddhists from temples representing over 10 different countries as we celebrate the Birth, Enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha.



The 19th International Vesak Day’s activities include:

Offerings and circumambulations,  prayers and homages to Lord Buddha, workshops, Dharma lectures and guided meditations given by Buddhist teachers from around the Washington, DC area.



Held at:

Wat Lao Buddhavong Buddhist Temple

3043 Catlett Road

Catlett, Virginia 20119


All are welcome.  No charge – Free Parking – Donations gratefully accepted

See reverse for schedule and directions.




8:30 am                Circumambulation and commencement

9:00 am                Religious ceremony and teachings

11:20 am              Lunch

1:00 pm               Afternoon program: Cultural show and Dharma presentations

3:00 pm               Conclusion ceremony



Directions to Wat Lao Buddhavong

3043 Catlett Road, Catlett, Virginia, 20119


1.      Take Route 66 West

2.      Take Exit 44 onto 234 South

3.      Turn right onto Route 28 South

4.      After about ten minutes, cross the county line for Prince William and Fauquier Counties, look to the left and see the temple roof of Wat Lao

5.      Turn left into drive marked by a welcome to Wat Lao sign



More information about Wat Lao Buddhavong can be found at

IBC Members gather at Wat Lao Buddhavong to plan the 2005 Vesak Celebration


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