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 […]
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 […]
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

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

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 […]
April 16, 2020

Kapilavatthu – hometown of Siddhattha Gotama

In the 7th Century BCE, Kapilavatthu was the capital of Sakka (also spelled ‘Sakya’) Kingdom, a small but prosperous principality south of the Himalayas rich in agriculture.  The most famous king to have reigned there was King Suddhodana and his consort […]