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Wesak is “Buddha Day,” celebrated in many Buddhist countries on the full moon in May. It is said that Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and died on the same day of the year, in different years.
He was born Siddhartha Gautama in northern India at Kapilavatthu on the border of modern Nepal in the period between 623 B.C. and 563 BC on the day of the Full Moon in May….
It was on the night of the full moon in May that Siddartha sat on the grass under the famous fig tree (Bodhi tree) at Buddhagaya. He entered into a very deep meditation, during which veil after veil was lifted that covered the face of Truth. Finally, He beheld the fullness of that blessed Truth, which completely transfigured Him. He obtained perfect Enlightenment (Samma Sambodhi) in his thirty-fifth year.
Having successfully completed His noble mission in His eightieth year, He retired to Kusinara, a small hamlet, and lying on a couch between two Sala trees, passed out of physical limitations and Ascended in a peaceful state of mind on a Wesak Full Moon Day more than 2500 years ago.
“What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” ~Buddha
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” ~Buddha
From Sky Stories on Facebook:
Time to fly! The Full Moon in Sagittarius shoots us into the skies, where we can see all from a broad perspective. Let yourself go!
“May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
And may you be happy.”
“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.” ~Dogen