Buddha’s ‘Birthday’ Celebration and Festival – Viet Nam 25 May 2015.
Today in Viet Nam Buddhists come together to celebrate Vesak 2559. To Westerners this is often called Buddha’s Birthday. Buddha stressed that the way to pay homage to him on this day was not merely by offering flowers, incense and lights, but by truly and sincerely striving to follow his teachings. So this celebration is an opportunity to reflect: Am I really following the Buddha’s teaching? The day celebrates enlightenment – which can be defined as the full realization of the truth of the Buddha’s teachings. [Read more…]