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International Vesak Day

Postby thornbush » Fri May 08, 2009 2:07 am

Here's wishing all Dharmafarers a Blessed and Happy International Vesak Day in the world celebrated from today onwards until next week :buddha1:
Here's some clips on how Vesak is celebrated worldwide...(some in foreign languages)
Korean Vesak
Malaysian Vesak 1
Malaysian Vesak 2
Mongolian Vesak
French Vesak
Singaporean Vesak
Philippines Vesak
Sri Lankan Vesak
Vietnamese Vesak
London Vesak
US Vesak
Visakha Puja
Bathing the Buddha on Vesak
Getting High on Vesak
Vesak 2009
10 Part Vesak Story

May the Thrice Sacred Vesak Day 2009 bring forth the blessings of the Triple Gem on all! :namaste:
A Chinese Buddhist Buddha Gatha
In Heavens above and all below, the Buddha, incomparable,
In Tenfold Directions' Lands, peerless is He,
All in this world, have I seen, without exception,
Nothing is parallel to the Buddha

Bathing the Buddha Gatha
Now do I bathe all Tathagatas,
Adorned of Pure Wisdom, Storehouse of Merit and Virtue,
May sentient beings of five turbidities steer off defilement,
Together attain the Tathagata’s Pure Dharma Body.

Dhajagga Paritta
To those recalling the Buddha supreme,
To those recalling the Dhamma sublime,
And to those recalling the Sangha,
No fear, no terror will make them quiver. ... ction.html

Namo Amitabha Buddha!
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby dumb bonbu » Fri May 08, 2009 10:40 pm


Through the round of many births I roamed
without reward,
without rest,
seeking the house-builder.
Painful is birth
again & again.

House-builder, you're seen!
You will not build a house again.
All your rafters broken,
the ridge pole dismantled,
immersed in dismantling, the mind
has attained to the end of craving.

Happy Vesak Everyone!
Although I too am within Amida's grasp,
Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and
illumines me always.
- Shinran

Namu Amida Butsu
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby plwk » Thu May 27, 2010 4:21 am

May tomorrow’s (28th May) Thrice Sacred Vesak Day 2010 bring forth the blessings of the Triple Gem on all!
Vesākha & The Significance of Vesak
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu May 27, 2010 4:40 am

Cool, thanks plwk :twothumbsup:
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 27, 2010 11:35 am

Yep... 8 precepts for me tomorrow.


Retro. :)
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby kirtu » Thu May 27, 2010 3:38 pm

Happy Vesak One and All!

Like 1000-Armed Avalokiteshvara may we cover the 3000 universes with love, compassion, wisdom and bliss beyond all suffering.


May Shakyamuni's Pure Land become evident reality to all beings.
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"The way to solve problems in your life is to open your heart to others and think differently."
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"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby KeithBC » Thu May 27, 2010 5:27 pm

Happy Vesak, everyone!

Om mani padme hum
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby plwk » Mon May 16, 2011 3:20 am

I now bathe the Tathagata.
His pure wisdom and virtue adorn the Assembly.
I vow that those living beings of this period of the five impurities
May quickly witness the pure Dharma Body of the Tathagata.

From the The Sutra On The Merit Of Bathing The Buddha
& Chinese Mahayana's 'Bathing the Buddha Gatha'

To the Guru and Founder, the Endowed Transcendent Destroyer,
the One Gone Beyond, the Foe Destroyer, the Completely Perfected, Fully Awakened,
the Glorious Conqueror, the Subduer for the Sakya Clan,
I prostrate, go for refuge and make offerings. Please inspire us.
Tayatha Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Sakyamuni Ye Soha

From the Tibetan Buddhist Preliminary Merit Generating Prayers

Now, on this full moon day of Visakha —
recognized as the date of the Blessed One's Birth, Awakening, & Total Liberation —
we have gathered together in this place.
We take these offerings — candles, incense, & so forth —
and make our bodies a vessel for them.
Reflecting on the Blessed One's virtues as they actually are,
we will circumambulate this Stupa three times,
paying homage to Him with the offerings we hold.
Although the Blessed One long ago attained total Liberation,
He is still discernible through our remembrance of His perceivable virtues.
May He accept the offerings we hold, for the sake of our long-term welfare & happiness.

From the Pali Visakha Puja

May All Be Well And Happy on this Thrice Sacred Day
International Vesak Day 17th May 2011
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby plwk » Thu May 23, 2013 1:44 pm

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Bathing the Buddha Gatha / 浴佛偈 yù fó jì
我今灌沐諸如來 wǒ jīn guàn mù zhū rú lái
I now bathe the Tathagata

淨智莊嚴功德海 jìng zhì zhuāng yán gōng dé hǎi
His pure wisdom and virtue adorn the Assembly

五濁眾生離塵垢 wǔ zhuó zhòng shēng lí chén gòu
Vow that those living beings of this period of the Five Impurities

同証如來淨法身 tóng zhèng rú lái jìng fǎ shēn
All realising the pure Dharmakaya of the Tathagata.

Yup folks, it's that time of the year again for the thrice auspicious and blessed Vesak Day, 24th May 2013
A blessed time for observance of Upavasatha, dana, sila & bhavana.
May all be well and happy
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Re: International Vesak Day

Postby plwk » Mon May 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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Today, 13th May 2014 [Thailand: 2557BE / Indonesia: 2558 BE], Upavasatha Day, is also the thrice sacred celebration of the International Vesak Day.
The Chinese Mahayana Tradition also regards this day as the start of the Monastic Varsa or Rains/Summer Retreat.
Video highlights last year's Malaysian Annual Vesak Procession.

On Vesak Day, which marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, the United Nations joins millions of people — Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike — in reflecting on his life and teachings. More here
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