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Wesak Day 2019 message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma, When The Buddha was Enlightened, he taught his earliest disciples the Four Noble Truths which remains as The Buddha’s core Teachings Dukkha – the truth of suffering. Samudaya – the truth of the origin of suffering. Nirodha – the truth of the cessation …

Life of the Buddha – The Prince Renounces Palace Life

‘ The king, Siddhartha’s father, arranged a grand dinner and dance for the prince to celebrate the birth of Rahula. Invited were the best dancers, singers and musicians in the country. It was not just out of joy that the king arranged the celebration. He could see that the prince …

Life of the Buddha – The Prince encounters Death

‘ On returning to the palace after seeing the sick man, Siddhartha was very dissatisfied and depressed and was often seen in deep thought. The king, seeing him so changed, became very sad. Soon enough, the prince asked again for the king’s permission to leave the palace to learn more …

Life of the Buddha – Queen Mahāmāyā’s Dream

‘More than 2,500 years ago, there was a king called Suddhodana. He married a beautiful Koliyan princess named Maha Maya ( Māyādevī ). The couple ruled over the Sakyas, a warrior tribe living next to the Koliya tribe, in the north of India, in what is now known as Nepal. …

Fake Buddha Quote

‘Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Buddha’ Analysis by Bodhipaksa … ‘.. First, the figure: He’s often known as the “Laughing Buddha,” but he’s not the Buddha — i.e. the historical Buddha, Gautama. ..’ ‘.. Then there’s the quote itself. Its origins are obscure, but it seems to come …

Vassa, the Annual Rains Retreat

Vassana or Vassa is the three-month annual Rains Retreat observed by Theravāda monastic Saṅgha. Taking place during the wet monsoon season in India, Vassa lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October. For the duration of Vassa, monastics remain in one place, typically in monasteries or temple grounds. …