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Buddhism in India: Buddhist Culture & Tradition

Buddhism in India: Buddhist Culture & Tradition

Buddhism in India flourished during the reign of King Ashoka (274 – 232 B.C.). In the 2nd century B.C., King Kanishka sponsored a fourth religious council at Kashmir, at which the Sanskrit canon of the scriptures is said to have been fixed. This fixation was demanded by the new schism that broke between two radically different concepts of Buddhism, to become …

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Buddha Poornima Holiday: Sa-ga zla-ba, Vesak

Buddha Poornima: The Holy Day

Vesak is the day the Buddhists regard as the most important one in their religious calendar. While the Theravadas call it by the name of Vesak, it has got different names, depending on the places where it is observed. For instance, in India, the land of Buddha, the Day is more familiar as the Buddha Poornima holiday, the full moon …

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Buddha Purnima Legends & Buddha Nirvana

Buddha Purnima Legends: Buddhist Culture & Traditions

The three most significant events in the life of Great Buddha occurred on the same day. His birth, enlightenment and death (nirvana), all happened on a full moon night in April / May. This makes the day – called Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti – all the more sacred for Buddhists. The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama in 544 BC, …

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Buddha Purnima Festival: Significance and Celebration

Buddha Purnima Festival: Significance and Celebration

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Every festival has its own rituals which provide an insight into the lives and beliefs, customs and culture of the people observing them. Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of …

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Buddha Purnima: Celebrations, Rituals, Enlightenment, Nirvana & Panchsheel

Buddha Purnima: Buddhist Culture & Traditions

This is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh / Baisakh (April – May) has special significance because it was on this day that the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and Nirvana. This three-fold coincidence, gives Buddha Purnima …

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Life of Buddha: Early Life, Education, Enlightenment

Life of Buddha: Early Life, Education, Enlightenment

The three most significant events in the life of Gautam Buddha occurred on the same day. His birth, enlightenment and death (nirvana), all happened on a full moon night in April / May. This makes the day – called Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti – all the more sacred for Buddhists. Below we have provided a brief biography of Gautam …

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Buddha Purnima: The Observances

Buddha Purnima: The Observances

Vesak, commemorating the birth, Enlightenment and death of Buddha, is observed as a public holiday in many Southeast Asian countries. Specially in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand. In Japan and other Mahayana countries, however, the three events of Buddha are observed on separate days. In some countries the birth date is April 8, the Enlightenment date …

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Buddha Purnima around the world

Buddha Purnima in India Bodh Gaya (Bihar): Before his death, the Buddha enjoined his followers to make pilgrimages to four sites: Lumbini, where he was born; Uruvela (modern Bodh Gaya), the site of his enlightenment; Sarnath, the place of his first sermon; and Kushinara, where he died. Each of these sites may be visited today, and Bodh Gaya remains the …

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