vesak

  • Vesak in Iraq (a bit late) Paid Member

    "A little bit late but thought this was a nice article!" That's how the Buddhist Military Sangha introduces an article about the first US Army Vesak celebration, written by one of their own—Sgt. Michael Carden. Vesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. It was celebrated this year on May 27. Presiding over the ceremonies was the Army's first Buddhist chaplain, 1st Lt. Thomas Dyer, blogged about here before. More »
  • The International Buddhist Flag Paid Member

    Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Buddhist International Flag, which was designed by the Colombo Committee in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Members of the committee, including the Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera and Don Carolis Hewavitharana, both pioneers of the Buddhist revival movement in Sri Lanka, wanted to choose a design that represented the unity and underlying faith of the international Buddhist community. More »
  • Happy Birthday, Buddha Paid Member

    . . . and happy enlightenment, and happy passing away. Today many Buddhist countries around the world celebrate Vesak (sometimes called Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti), a holiday that commemorates all three of these major events of the Buddha’s life. It takes place annually at the end of May, when the moon is full. More »
  • Great Pix for the Buddha's Birthday Paid Member

    Nice lanterns in preparation for the Buddha's birthday on May 21 in Korea, by Gregory Curley of CNNGo (© 2010 Gregory Gurley): More »