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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.  […]
April 25, 2020

Did the Buddha really say that?

The internet is filled with real and false sayings of the Buddha. Do you know which is an authentic quote?   How do we know that the teachings of the Buddha that we come across are indeed what He had […]
April 25, 2020

Determining the Buddhist Year

Wesak full-moon is the auspicious ‘Buddha Day’.  According to Theravada tradition, this day commemorates three important events in the Life of our Great Teacher – His birth in the year 623 BCE; His Enlightenment in 588 BCE; and His Parinibbāna […]
April 17, 2020

Lumbini – the birthplace of Siddhattha Gotama

Lumbini Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Nepal, just 26km from the border with India.  It is an important pilgrimage destination for Buddhists along with Bodhgaya, Sarnath, and Kusinara, because Prince Siddhattha Gotama (who later became Sakyamuni Buddha) was […]