News at Tipitaka Network
By Daily Xpress, Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Celebrating the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and his final entry into nirvana, Visakha Bucha Day is the most important in the Buddhist calendar. But not all Buddhists realise the relevance it has for their everyday lives.
The Buddha's footsteps
"It can be your day too," Phra Maha Wudhijaya Vajiramedhi says. "Look at what Lord Buddha has achieved and follow in his footsteps."
The famous monk, author of many books on dharma, is also the founder of the Vimuttayalaya Institute.
Established in 2007, the institute seeks to promote Buddhism and show how its teachings fit in with the modern world.
Moments after he was born as Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha is said to have performed the first of seven miracles, says the senior monk, proclaiming, "Supreme am I in the world. Greatest am I in the world. Noblest am I in the world. This is my last birth. Never shall I be reborn."
It was a prophecy of enlightenment that he fulfilled.
"So, you should set a goal in your life and pursue it," says Wudhijaya. "Without a goal, your life will be like a rudderless boat."
Through his own efforts, Siddhartha identified and understood the Four Noble Truths: suffering, the causes of suffering, the extinction of suffering and the means toward the extinction of suffering.
Seeds of awakening
"Lord Buddha is a human who attained enlightenment. So, every human has the potential to become enlightened," Wudhijaya says. "We may not be able to remain in a state of constant awareness, but we should at least be awake, enlightened and content from time to time."
He adds that Lord Buddha's last words were, "Accomplish your aim with diligence."
The monk says they should serve to remind everyone that mindfulness is a vital part of everyday life.
Visakha Bucha Day falls on the full moon of the sixth lunar month May 8 (Friday) this year.
Accorded international recognition by the United Nations as the Day of Vesak, the anniversary will be marked around the world with celebrations and events.
Buddhist News Features:
Thursday, May 7, 2020 Vesak Extra!
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Vesak Extra!
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Vesak Extra!
When ancient Buddhists sailed west
A man of vision and compassion
Japan and China defy pandemic to return Ganjin`s relics
A cave temple of ancient origin
Buddhist monk on the power of cleanliness
Shrine of peace
Online talk David Loy on Sunday, Nov. 22
Toward a beloved community
Visit to Korea`s early printing treasures
Documentary film ‘Karuna’ enlightens on socially engaged Buddhism
The translation of Zen: A tribute to D. T. Suzuki
Thailand`s largest Buddhist art museum opens in Pattaya
Stressed by COVID, online seekers discover Buddhism`s calming practice
The promise and peril of spiritual authority
Thich Nhat Hanh shares views on happiness, heaven and America
Australian archaeologists confirm Denisovan presence on `the roof of the world`
José Vasconcelos, the forefather of Buddhism in Mexico
Women in Buddhism: Breaking gender stereotypes
International Buddhist conference - Buddhism`s response to COVID-19 pandemic
Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa.
Buddha sāsana.m cira.m ti.t.thatu.