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Buddhist Society of the NT Newsletter


v. 17 no. 2



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NEWSLETTER Buddhist Society of NT July 2009 Page 2 WESAK This year Wesak was celebrated at BSNT on Sunday 10th May with dana for the Sangha, followed by community lunch. Ven U Pyinnyawara spoke on the importance of the day: Today, we are celebrating the Vesak Day. I would like to talk about some significant events of this celebration. For Buddhists, the full moon day of Vesaka Purima is the most auspicious day. Why? On the full moon day of this month, Prince Sidatta Gotama was born, also on this full moon day he attained enlightenment 35 years later and passed away on the full moon day at the age of 80. We can call the day as Thrice Sacred Day. No one in this world has had such extraordinary events happen to them. If someone has not studied the Parami or accumulated virtue of Buddhas previous lives, they might not be able to accept the fact that all three events happened on the same full moon day. First, the birthday of Buddha. He was born on the full moon day, and after he was born, he took seven steps to the north and declared, I am the greatest, I am the holiest and I am the leader of the universe. Second, Enlightenment. At the age of 35, Buddha attained enlightenment at the foot of Boddhi Tree near Gayathitha, in the forest of Uruwaila. Without any teacher, he discovered the Four Noble Truths. The truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of cessation of suffering and the truth of the path leading to the cessation of suffering. On the same day, he spoke the words, Anaca Zarti Samsara, which means, people have suffered all their life, nobody knows the truth about the existence of the body, what made this body and soul. If there is a being, there will be suffering. Now I know the cause of suffering. Suffering is because of Delusion ( Avijja). Attachment comes from delusion, and that leads to suffering. I know the truth of suffering and cessation of suffering and now I am free from suffering. There will be no rebirth into another life. Third, Parinibanna. Buddha passed away at the age of 80 after teaching the truth for 45 years. His last words on that full moon day was; all compounded things are subject to changes, strive on with diligence. In short, nothing is permanent. Be mindful. In Pali this is Vayadhamma Samhkara, Appamadena sampadetha. Therefore, let us all practise Buddhas teachings on this special day. There are two ways of paying homage to Buddha. One is by offering lights, flowers and in cense called Armisa Puja. The second one is called Dhamma Puja. That is observing Buddhas teaching of mindfulness by way of meditation. It is better to live with a minute of practising meditation than living 100 years with ignorance. As we do not have much time today, please meditate for at least 5 minutes a day at home or any suitable place, sit comfortably and close your eyes, concentrate on the breathe of inhaling, exhaling. I wish to mention one Burmese tradition of celebrating the Vesakha day. On this day in Burma, in addition to going to pagodas, people also go and pour water at the Bodhi Tree. We consider it as a sacred tree. So if any one wishes to pour a cup of water on the Bodhi tree, please do so after this celebration. Thank you.