As you may all already know, Vesak (Vesākha), also known as Buddha Day, is a special day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and passing-away of Gotama Buddha. It is traditionally held on full moon of month of Vesak, which this year is 7th May.
This topic thread is for anyone to share weblinks to upcoming online events for Vesak 2020, and also any personal reflections in any form, written or visual, inspired by recollection of the Buddha (Buddhānussati) and Vesak this year.
So please contribute and share.
For a preliminary reflection and inspiration:
“ Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā sambuddhassa.”
It’s traditional on Vesak to share inspiring stories of he Buddha’s life. At this time of Covid-19, I’m reminded of the occasion where the Buddha encountered a monk suffering from dysentery who had been neglected by the other monks. The Buddha himself washed the monk, removing the urine and excrement, and then transferred him to a new bed. Afterwards the Buddha admonished the neglectful monks, saying:
" If you don’t tend to one another, who then will tend to you? Whoever would tend to me, should tend to the sick."
This Vesak, I express my gratitude to all the front-line healthcare workers, whose determination, kindness and bravery have helped so many recover from the covid-19 virus.
These dates are a little bit slippery and are due to different reckonings by different communities.
This year the Vesak full moon day in the Thai forest tradition falls on the 6th May and on the 7th for Sri Lankan communities. Sometimes they match up! Sometimes they don’t…
But, generally with uposathha dates, there is always some variation and they are not necessarily according to the astronomical full moon but rather arrived at through a system of counting 15 or 14 day cycles.
Visakha Puja marks the beginning of a new lunar month, named Visakha. Regarding the dates, I wonder if its similar to the observance of the seasons which traditionally begins at dawn on the day after the full moon. I wonder if months are the same?
Personally, whatever the date its observed, for me (being miles away from any centres/communities) uposatha days are a nice kick up the proverbial to observe more precepts, read some suttas / commentaries and try to maintain the mindfulness volume control to 11.
Our intention for the day is to share and practice in community and to contemplate the Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangha in gratitude and joy. There will be chanting, silent meditation, movement and sharing.