Buddha Jayanti, also known as Buddha Purnima, is a Buddhist festival celebrated in most of East Asia and South Asia commemorating the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who was the founder of Buddhism. According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama Buddha was born around the year 563-483 BCE in Lumbini, Nepal.
On Buddha Purnima we recall the principles of Lord Buddha and reiterate our commitment to fulfil them. The thoughts of Lord Buddha can make our planet more peaceful, harmonious and sustainable.
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History of Buddha Jayanti
In India, Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher. Many scholars are uncertain as to when he lived. Buddha is believed to have been born between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. Scholars are generally split between those who place Buddha’s death about 480 BCE and those who place it as much as a century later.
During and after his lifetime, Buddha was an influential spiritual teacher. Many Buddhists regard him as the Supreme Buddha. Festivals were held to honor Buddha for centuries. During the first meeting of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, it was decided to celebrate Vesak as the Buddha’s birthday. In May 1950, this conference was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The date was fixed to coincide with the full moon that month.
During years when there are two full moons in May, different Buddhist communities may celebrate Vesak on different dates. This is because the Buddhist lunar calendar is interpreted differently.
Buddha Purnima: Quotes
“If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
“To abstain from lying is essentially wholesome.”
“Avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.”
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”