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Happy Vesak!

Thursday 23 May is Vesak, a huge part of the Buddhist calendar. Also known as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Day, Vesak commemorates three pivotal events in the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha—his birth, enlightenment, and death (or parinirvana). It's a time of deep reflection on the Buddha's teachings and their relevance in today's world. 

Despite its ancient origins, Vesak offers valuable insights for students navigating the complexities of modern life. Concepts such as mindfulness, compassion, and ethical conduct, emphasised during Vesak celebrations, can serve as guiding principles for personal growth and wellbeing. 

During Vesak, Buddhist communities engage in various rituals and observances. These may include volunteering or donating to charitable organisations, practicing meditation, and participating in dharma talks to deepen understanding of Buddhist teachings. The lighting of lanterns symbolises the enlightenment that dispels ignorance and brings clarity to the mind. 

Vesak is observed worldwide by Buddhists of diverse cultural backgrounds. While specific customs and traditions may vary, the underlying theme of honoring the Buddha's life and teachings remains consistent. From grand ceremonies in urban centers to intimate gatherings in rural villages, Vesak unites believers in a shared sense of reverence and devotion. 

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and societal complexities, Vesak serves as a reminder of timeless values such as compassion, wisdom, and ethical living. Students can draw inspiration from the Buddha's teachings to cultivate inner peace, resilience, and a sense of purpose amidst academic and personal challenges. 

As students, embracing the spirit of Vesak offers an opportunity for introspection and growth. By exploring its teachings and embodying its principles, we can cultivate a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. Let us approach Vesak with respect and curiosity, recognising its potential to enrich our lives and contribute to a more harmonious society. 

Happy Vesak to all who celebrate! 


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