Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 17th: Vesak Day 2554 Buddhist Era

Dhammakaya International Meditation Center: DIMC.net

LOS ANGELES, California - All are invited to celebrate Vesak Day on May 17, 2011 (6:30-8:45 pm) at teh Dhammakaya ("Dharma-body") International Meditation Center in the Los Angeles foothill community of Azusa.

Vesak, celebrated worldwide on the full moon day in May, is when Buddhists commemorate three remarkable episodes in the historical Buddha's life: birthday, enlightenment day (glimpsing the inutterable peace of nirvana), and passing away into final nirvana.

These three occurrences although years apart fell on the same full moon day in the sixth Indian lunar month, corresponding to May on the Western calendar. This is also called "Buddha Day," "Buddhist Xmas," and Buddha Jayanti (Festival). Buddhists attend celebrations, memorial services, and perform many meritorious deeds in honor of the Buddha.