Happy Vesak Day 2018

Posted on: 29 May 2018, by Captain
One of the Buddhist holidays is the Trisuci Waisak holiday. The word "Vesak" itself comes from the Pali language "Vesakha" or in Sanskrit it is called "Vaisakha". The name "Vesakha" itself is taken from the month in the Buddhist calendar which usually falls in the month of May in the Christian calendar. However, sometimes Vesak day falls at the end of April or the beginning of June.
 
Among Buddhists, Vesak Day is often referred to as the Trisuci Waisak holiday. It is called this because on Vesak day three important events occurred, namely the birth of Prince Sidhartha Gautama, the attainment of perfect enlightenment by the ascetic Gautama, and the death of Buddha Gautama. These three incidents — birth, illumination, death — occur on the same day as the full moon in the month of Vesak.
 
Usually on Vesak Day, Buddhists celebrate by going to the monastery and performing the puja-bhakti ritual. It should be understood that Buddhists perform rituals of puja-bhakti for the purpose of recollecting the Buddha's teachings, imitating the Buddha's behavior and practicing Buddhism. For Buddhists, this means obeying moral rules, such as avoiding killing sentient beings, stealing, engaging in immorality, lying and drinking. In addition to these five prohibitions, Buddhists usually develop love by helping the poor or those in need, releasing animals (usually birds) as symbols of love and respect for the environment, and pondering all the actions they have done. good or bad so that it is hoped that in the future it will not repeat bad actions that can harm.
 
Vesak as a Buddhist holiday can provide a positive example for everyone. A positive example that can be emulated is the development of love for every living being. It can take the form of giving to help those in need, donating blood, protecting the environment by living simply by living or doing other good deeds. Finally, one big hope from that Vesak day is that every human being is expected to be able to contemplate all his actions and at all times always live with love without hatred, as written in the Dhammapada, "Hatred will not be finished if it is repaid with hatred, but only by forgive and love and hatred will cease. "