Vesak Program

MEANING OF VESAK CELEBRATION

Vesak comes from the term “Vesakha” which was the name of the lunar month in the Hindu calendar falling in April–May. Now, it is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists all over the world to commemorate the birth, enlightenment (nirvāṇa), and death (Parinirvāṇa) of the Buddha Gautama. It is also often referred to as “Buddha Bathing Day” or “Buddha’s Birthday”.

In February of 2000, the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the Day of Vesak, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May each year. It was an acknowledgement of the contribution that Buddhism (one of the oldest religions in the world) has been making for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.

Mission Statement

To encourage all people to cultivate compassion and wisdom by engaging in activities beneficial to the community.

Vision

Every year during the month of May, Buddhists around the world get together to celebrate Vesak (commemoration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing). Observing this tradition, every Buddhist organization around the world celebrates Vesak with their community at large without exception.

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