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Buddha Purnima: Celebrating the Life & Teachings of Lord Buddha

Buddha Purnima also known as ‘Vesak’ or ‘Buddha Jayanti’ is one of the most important festivals for Buddhists worldwide. This festival celebrates Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It is celebrated on the day of the full moon in the month of Vaishakha in the Hindu calendar. This year Buddha Purnima is scheduled to fall on 5 May 2023.

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Buddha Purnima: Celebrating the Life & Teachings of Lord Buddha
Buddha Purnima: Celebrating the Life & Teachings of Lord Buddha

Buddhas celebrate this festival with great zeal & enthusiasm all over the globe. People visit Buddhist temples on this day to light candles and offerings of flowers and Buddhist incense. Many Buddhists also spend the day meditating and praying. Different countries and cultures celebrate Buddha Purnima in different ways.

Legend of Prince Siddhartha's Birth

The day is also known as the Buddha's Birthday, as it commemorates the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who later became the Buddha. According to legend, Queen Mahamaya, the wife of King Suddhodana, gave birth to Prince Siddhartha under a Sal tree in Lumbini, which is now in modern-day Nepal. The birth of Prince Siddhartha is said to have taken place in 563 BCE.

Prince Siddhartha was raised in luxury, shielded from the harsh realities of life, but one day he saw an old man, a sick man, and a dead man, which made him realize that life is full of suffering. He left his comfortable life behind and went on a quest to find the meaning of life. After several years of meditation and spiritual practice, he finally attained enlightenment and became the Buddha.

Buddha's Teachings: Four Noble Truths & Eightfold Path

Buddha Purnima is not only a celebration of the Buddha's life but also a reminder of his teachings. The Buddha's teachings are centered around the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. The Four Noble Truths state that suffering exists, that suffering arises from craving and attachment, that there is a way to end suffering, and that the way to end suffering is through the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is a set of ethical and mental guidelines that Buddhists follow to achieve enlightenment and end suffering. These teachings are still relevant today and continue to inspire people to lead a more compassionate and mindful life.

Practice of Giving: A Core Tenet of Buddhism

One of the most significant aspects of Buddha Purnima is the practice of giving. Giving is an essential part of Buddhist practice, and on this day, Buddhists are encouraged to give to the poor, the sick, and the needy. Giving can take many forms, such as donating money to a charity, volunteering at a local shelter, or simply showing kindness to others. By giving, Buddhists aim to cultivate generosity, compassion, and selflessness.

Time for Reflection & Introspection

Buddha Purnima is also a time for self-reflection and introspection. Buddhists use this day to reflect on their own lives and their progress on the path to enlightenment. They also meditate and practice mindfulness to deepen their understanding of the Buddha's teachings.

Cultural Celebration of Buddha Purnima Globally

In addition to the traditional practices, Buddha Purnima is also a time for cultural celebrations. In many countries, Buddhists celebrate with music, dance, and food. In Sri Lanka, for example, people light lamps and decorate their homes with colorful lanterns. In Thailand, Buddhists release birds and fish as a symbol of liberation.

To sum up, Buddha Purnima is a big day for Buddhists all over the world. It's a time to honor Buddha's life and work, practice kindness and gentleness, and think about your own path to enlightenment. By celebrating Buddha Purnima, Buddhists can learn more about the Buddha's teachings, become more mindful, compassionate, and unselfish.

On Buddha Purnima, let kindness & compassion guide your way!!

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