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May 5, 2020

Buddha Day Programmes – 6 & 7 May

Namo Buddhaya!  Nalanda Buddhist Society has specially prepared a series of on-line programmes on 6 and 7 May to celebrate this spiritual occasion.  We joyfully invite everyone to participate in these learning opportunities where respected Dhamma speakers will be speaking on topics revolving around the ‘Buddha Day’ theme – “Tranquility in the face of Uncertainty”.

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May 4, 2020

Nalanda ‘Buddha Day’ Message

On behalf of Nalanda Buddhist Society, I would like to pay tribute to all venerable Sangha members, Dhamma teachers, Buddhist community leaders, and benefactors of the Buddha-Sāsana everywhere.

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April 29, 2020

Who is the Buddha?

The Buddha (more specifically, the Sakyamuni Buddha) is the greatest being ever to have existed in the history of mankind.  Born as Prince Siddhattha Gotama, heir to the throne of the ‘Sakya Clan’ in 623 BCE, He relinquished the luxuries of royalty and went forth in search of the true meaning of existence when he was 29 years old.

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April 28, 2020

The significance of Buddha Day

Buddha Day commemorates the Enlightenment of the Buddha – His liberation from ignorance and suffering.  This event took place on the full-moon day in the lunar month of Vesakhā, which falls between April and May in our conventional calendar.  Thus, according to tradition, this day is also known as ‘Vesak Day’ (or Wesak Day).

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April 28, 2020

How did the Wesak holiday come about?

Buddhists have commemorated the Full-moon day of the Wesak month as a centuries-old tradition after the passing-away of the Buddha.  It was only in March 1885 that this day was declared an official holiday in Sri Lanka by the British governor, Sir Arthur Gordon.  The first Wesak full-moon holiday fell on April 28, 1885.  This declaration was made possible due to the sustained effort and persistency of Colonel H. S. Olcott, a visionary American Buddhist.

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April 28, 2020

The Buddha’s message of peace

The Buddha spent 45 years after His Enlightenment to teach what he had discovered, fulfilling His selfless and noble aspiration over countless lifetimes, to help others overcome the unsatisfactory nature of life.  Skilfully, He summarised the truth of the way things are and the path to ‘unshakeable peace’ in His first sermon to the five ascetics at the Deer Park in Isipatana (now known as Sarnath).

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April 28, 2020

What the Buddha left behind after His Passing

The Buddha left behind an invaluable legacy of teachings, the Dhamma-Vinaya, and established the Sangha, a congregation of well-practiced disciples.  Over the last twenty-six centuries, people continue to look to His sublime teachings for solace, inspiration and guidance.  The contribution of Buddhism towards the spiritual and cultural advancement of humanity is indeed most valuable.

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April 28, 2020

The Sangha – Community of the Buddha’s disciples

In its broadest sense, the Sangha refers to the community of monastic and lay disciples of the Buddha, established in the months following His Enlightenment and decision to teach the Dhamma.  It was the merchants Tapassu and Bhallika of Ukkala (now Orissa), who were the first laity to take refuge in the Buddha and Dhamma, after they offered Him food not long since His Enlightenment on the full-moon of Vesakhā.

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April 28, 2020

Was the Buddha a ‘perfectionist’?

By definition, a ‘perfectionist’ is someone who likes to accomplish something perfectly, and finds it difficult to accept anything less than flawless.  No, the Buddha was not a ‘perfectionist’ in that sense.  He did not have any illusions about perfection.  He truly understood the world and was very clear about imperfections in life.

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