Tomorrow is Wesak Day Celebration 2013 in Singapore and Malaysia, the full moon day of the 4th Month of the Lunar Calendar. I have decided to put up this pictorial post to show my respect to the Buddha and share with readers some nice pictures that I have collected. To understand more about Buddhism, you can refer to here.
WESAK OR VESAK DAY
Vesākha (Pali; Sanskrit: Vaiśākha, Devanagari: वैशाख, Sinhala: වෙසක් පෝය), Wesak or Vesak is a holy day observed traditionally by Buddhists in Tibet, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and the South East Asian countries of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Indonesia.Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday“, it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha.
The exact date of Vesākha varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on a full moon Uposatha day, typically in the 5th or 6th lunar month. Vesākha Day in China and Korea is on the eighth of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar, but usually falls in April or May. In leap years Vesākha is celebrated in June.
THE TRIPLE GEM
Triple Gem Comprises Buddha （佛）, Dharma （法）and Sangha （僧)
Buddha (佛） – The enlightened one or the awaken one
Buddha in the Childhood – Every steps that he walked will produce beautiful lotus.
Tooth Relic of Buddha – The Scared Relic of Gautama Buddha preserved in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Other temples in the world that have tooth relics were in Kusinagara (India), Beijing (China), Kashiong (Taiwan), Singapore, Kamakura (Japan), Rosemead (USA)
- Amitabha Buddha (阿弥陀佛) – Principal Buddha in the Pure Land Sect
- Bhaisajyaguru Buddha （药师佛）- Buddha of Healing or Medicine Buddha
- Dipankara Buddha (燃灯佛）- Past Buddha before Present Buddha
- Maitreya Buddha （弥勒佛）- Next Buddha after Present Buddha
Anyone who motivated by great compassion, has generated a spontaneous wish attain Buddhahood for the benefits of all sentient beings.
- Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva （观音菩萨）- a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddha’s
- Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva（地藏菩萨）- a bodhisattva who vows not to attain Buddhahood until all the hells are emptied
- Samantabhadra Bodhisattva（普贤菩萨) – a bodhisattva who made 10 vows that form the basis of a bodhisattva; bodhisattva associated with actions
- Manjusri Bodhisattva (文殊菩萨）- a bodhisattva associated with transcendent wisdom.
Dharmacakra ( 法轮）– Symbol that has represented dharma, the Buddha’s teaching of the path to enlightenment。
Mantras （经书）– Sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities (Source: free on line dictionary)
Sangha (僧）- Monastic community of ordained Buddhist monks and nuns。
Bathing the Buddha Ceremony （浴佛仪式）– Bathing of Buddha on Buddha’s birthday that has been inherited from Buddha’s time and is still observed by Buddhists around the world. The message is “it is easy to wash away physical dirt but it is much more difficult to cleanse one’s inner “dirt” for greed, anger and ignorance.
Wesak Day Celebrations – Colorful Decorated Vehicles in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Australia
Basic Buddhist Teaching Summary from http:/triangulations.wordpress.com.
3 Main Schools of Buddhism: Mahayana （大乘）, Theravada （小乘）, Vajrayana (密宗或藏宗）
Countries with the top 10 Buddhist Population 2012
Buddhist Temples – In Tibet, Cambodia, Japan and India
Common items found in Buddhist Temples
Incense and candles for praying to the Buddhas
Bodhi Trees – Types of trees where Buddha had sat under the trees and achieved enlightenment.
Bodhi Leaves – Leaves of the Bodhi Trees
Lotus – Symbolic purity of body, speech and mind. Buddha was said to born with the ability to walk and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed.
A picture colored by my daughter as requested by her school 2 months ago. She is studying in a Singapore name Maha Bodhi School, a school owned by Buddhist Association of Singapore. As the short form of the name is MBS, sometimes people mistake her school as Marina Bay Sands!
HAPPY WESAK DAY AND HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PICTURE.
MAY THE TRIPLE GEMS BRING ENGLIGHTMENT TO EVERY BEINGS IN THIS WORLD..