The 2565th birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, known as Buddha Purnima Jayanti, is being commemorated across the country to honor his contribution to the establishment of world peace.
Buddha, the ninth incarnation of Lord Bishnu, was born on Shukla Purnima in the lunar month of Baisakha. The dates (lunar calendar) of the Buddha’s birth, wisdom, and mahaparinirvan (death) all fall on the same day. The Day is observed with great reverence by Buddhist communities all over the world, including Nepal.
Due to the prohibitory orders imposed this year to contain COVID-19, the birth anniversary of Buddha, the apostle of nonviolence and peace, is being observed with limited spiritual leaders and gurus at monasteries.
Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, grand programs were held on Buddha Jayanti in Lumbini, Swayambhu, and Bauddha. Last year’s celebration was also hampered by the pandemic.
According to Dipendra Kumar Lama, ward no-6 chair from Kathmandu Metropolis, the organizations in the Bauddha area of Kathmandu have decided to hold the only puja at the monastery.
Buddha, born into the royal family of King Suddhodhan and Queen Mayadevi, left his palace for penance at the age of 29. He is also known as the “Light of Asia.”
Buddhist philosophy is taught at world-renowned universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. In Nepal, MA-level programs in Buddhist philosophy are available at Tribhuvan University, Nepal Sanskrit University, and Lumbini Bauddha University.
The teachings and sermons delivered by Lord Buddha during his 80-year life are collected in the ‘Vinaya,’ ‘Sutta,’ ‘Abhidhamma,’ and ‘Tripitaka.’
Some Great quotes by Gautam Buddha
- Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most: Gautam Buddha
- If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path: Gautam Buddha
- You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger: Gautam Buddha
- Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts: Gautam Buddha
- No matter how hard the past, you can always begin: Gautam Buddha
- It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell: Gautam Buddha