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Buddha Purnima 2022: Why And How Is It Celebrated?

Created by Asttrolok in Astrology 30 Aug 2023
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Buddha Purnima 2022: Why And How Is It Celebrated?
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” - Buddha

Buddha Purnima, also called Buddha Jayanti, is widely observed around the world. As per the Hindu calendar, the day is known as Buddha's Birthday and occurs on full moon day during the month of Vaisakh. The festival will take place on May 16, 2022, this year.

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What is the significance of Buddha Purnima?


Buddha Purnima is a great religious holiday observed by people of all faiths, but especially by Buddhists. The celebration is also known as Vaisakh day or Vaisakh Purnima. Here are some of the reasons why we are so enthusiastic about the festival.

Threefold blessings


The event commemorates Lord Gautam Buddha's birth, knowledge, and death. Lord Buddha is supposed to have been born and achieved Mahaparinirvana on the same day as Buddha Purnima, after living on the earth for approximately 80 years. Because Lord Buddha acquired enlightenment on this day, Buddhists and Hindus all around the world regard it to be threefold auspicious.

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Siddhartha attains the status of Buddha


Buddha was born and brought up into a noble household, and his parents named him Siddhartha. In 623 BC, Siddhartha was born in Nepal's Kapilavastu. He obtained enlightenment (nirvana) beneath a Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya at the age of 35. (modern-day India). In Sarnath, India, he preached his first sermon. He died at Kushinagar, India, at the age of 80.

He was expected to become a successful king one day, and the Prince, fearful of losing the throne, imprisoned him in their fortress. However, when Lord Gautam Buddha first left the palace, he experienced human sorrow, and from that point on, he tried to better understand human suffering. Soon after, he went in pursuit of the truth and found it.

Lord Buddha's Teachings


People can avoid self-indulgence by following Buddha's teachings, which provide a joyful way of living. His teachings are treasured every day by his devotees, and on the important occasion of Buddha Purnima, worshippers praise the Lord for providing them with the correct perspective on life. On this day, many followers release caged birds as a mark of understanding and compassion for all living creatures, which is one of Lord Buddha's most important teachings.
The Buddha addressed the following notable quotes:


  • “The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve “- Buddha

  • “Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind “- Buddha

  • “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” –Buddha

  • “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - Buddha

  • “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.”- Buddha

  • “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them?”- Buddha

  • “To understand everything is to forgive everything “- Buddha


What do we do to commemorate Buddha Purnima?

In today's world, well over 50 million people who practice Buddhism commemorate this day with considerable pomp. Buddha Purnima has evolved into a social, religious, cultural, and spiritual event over the years. On this day, a number of events and talks about Buddhist scriptures are held. Many Hindus are devout Buddhists who observe Buddhist holidays with considerable fanfare. 

In India and other areas of the world, devotees who have adopted Buddhism pay a visit to the local Buddhist temples to celebrate the event. People light candles, and incense sticks, and prepare delicacies to be presented to the Lord in addition to visiting temples. On this day, followers all across the world gather to hear sermons about Buddha's life and teachings, and generally, people wear white. Non-vegetarian foods are eschewed on this day, and sweets such as kheer are prepared to commemorate the occasion.
Conclusion:

Worshippers are unable to gather for rituals and prayers at this moment due to the ongoing covid-19 outbreak. Virtual prayers, on the other hand, will be broadcast live from Lord Buddha's frightened temples. The event is about praying from the heart and embracing the values of Buddhism, such as peace, nonviolence, and harmony. God is everywhere around us! All you have to do is focus and worship him with your whole heart and soul.

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