The History of Vesak Day

Dr Jeff Wilson, 1/05/2019 The term ‘Vesak’ comes from the name of the second month of the Hindu calendar; vesākho in Pali and vaisākha in Sanskrit. Small festivals were probably held on the full-moon day of this month in ancient times when one’s sins could be cleansed by bathing in the Ganges and one celebrated... Continue Reading →

Buddhists celebrate birth of Gautama Buddha – 8 April

Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/buddhists-celebrate-birth-of-gautama-buddha  On this day, Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, thought to have lived in India from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C. Actually, the Buddhist tradition that celebrates his birthday on April 8 originally placed his birth in the 11th century B.C., and it was not... Continue Reading →

UN VESAK DAY 2016 – MEDIA RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 13 May, 2016   ALL BUDDHIST TRADITIONS TO UNITE FOR PRAYER FOR PEACE   International Day of Vesak is a global annual event to commemorate Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing. In Australia, this year’s celebration will be held on Sunday 15 May at Sydney Town Hall with Buddhists from Theravada, Mahayana... Continue Reading →

COMMON BUDDHIST CHANTING

COMMON BUDDHIST CHANTING IN ENGLISH Common Buddhist Chanting (Buddha Puja) is originally a project of the Unity and solidarity plan initiated by the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) Standing Committee on Unity and Solidarity, and endorsed by the 22nd WFB General Conference at Shah Alam, Malaysia in 2002. The Common Buddhist Chanting text herewith enclosed... Continue Reading →

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