We wish our Buddhist friends a sacred and peaceful Vesak
Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha. It offers Buddhists an opportunity to reflect on the life and teachings of the Buddha and His universal message of peace, love and compassion.
We are thankful to Mohini Gunasekera AM, the first President of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC), for sharing the following information with us.
By a UN resolution adopted in December 1999, the day of Vesak, the day of the full moon in the month of May, is acknowledged as the day most sacred to Buddhists. The Buddha showed to all those who practice his teachings the way to a happy life and the way to end all suffering in the long cycle of birth and death. Buddhists believe in rebirth.
In keeping with tradition, most Buddhists visit temples, perform special observances and dress in white clothes in the Theravada tradition (the southern school of Buddhism) on Vesak Day.
Buddhists observe five precepts daily.
The daily practices are abstaining from: killing, taking what is not given, adultery, indulging in false speech and consuming alcoholic beverages.
Vesak was celebrated at the Australian Federal House for the first time on 10 May 2017.
If you would like to hear more about Vesak please see the event below taking place in Sydney on 14 May where Buddhist nun Ven. Thubten Chokyi will speak about this special day in the Hindu Vedanta Hall.