Vesak 2020 - Events and Buddhānussati

Hi friends,

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.”

“Iti’pi so bhagavā arahaṁ sammā sambuddho
vijjā-caraṇa-sampanno sugato loka-vidū
anuttaro purisa-damma-sārathi
satthā deva-manussānaṁ Buddho bhagavā ti.”

Buddha’s life in pictures:
(courtesy the Discussion Topic “Anyone know about these pictures”)



Some Vesak events are listed here


Namo Buddhaya dear friends in the Dhamma, I humbly share a web page link created by Nalanda Buddhist Society Malaysia in

With metta


Happy Vesak everyone!

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."

monk with dysentery 2

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.

May all beings be free from suffering!


Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu :pray: :revolving_hearts:


Sakyamuni Buddha was 624 BC-544 BC. As of 2020, it has been 2564 years since the Buddha’s death. However, Thailand and Laos were in 2563. What makes this one year difference?

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I’ve just noticed that we have two threads on the same topic, in different categories. This one is the oldest, so I’ll add the newer one below. And then locate them in the watercooler.

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When is Vesak? Any US celebrations?


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The full day program, much of it streamed, is here:


May 7th …


Saturday May 9th all day (Pacific time) International live Vesak celebration led mostly by bhikkhunis, hosted by Dhammadharini Vihara

Edit: Link added
On YouTube!topic/dhammadharini/0-POEB9QCuo


The BSWA Vesak program is live right now
[Edit: Was live yesterday]


May 7 except the calendar Gabriel linked earlier says May 6 (I believe it’s June in Butan ).
The actual full moon is around 13:00 on the 7th here so I’ll go by that. :slight_smile:


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?

This would provide even more confusion! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Oh great! :slight_smile:

But thanks for the explanation.

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.
:- :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Ven. Ajahn Amaro will be speaking as part of the UN Geneva Vesak Day celebrations on the 7th.
Zoom link and programme details via Amaravati’s website (Ajahn Amaro Online Dhamma talk for UN Geneva Vesak Day, May 7 » Amaravati Buddhist Monastery).


In Australia (or all over the world I guess :thinking:) you can participate in a virtual Vesak celebration online, organised by the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils.

There will be prayers and chanting (including Bhante Sujato and I chanting the Ratana Sutta) along with Dhamma talks and guided meditations.

The event will be live streamed on Sunday 10th May starting at 4pm AEST.

You can access the stream on the day through any of the links below.

Please help spread the word.





Also this one with Samita ASBL and Tilorien Monastery led by Ayya Anopama through the Tilorien iSangha.

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.

The day will be guided by Ayya Anopama and Riët Aarsse. You can find out more about them by visiting: and Riët Aarsse | Amsterdam Inzichtmeditatie

Time: 9.30am-4.30pm CEST (see here for other time zones ).

Registration: send a message to Tilorien stating ‘Vesak’ in the subject line. You will then receive further details for participation and online access. Places are limited.