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Friday, December 09, 2005

Bodhi Day or Enlightenment Day


Yesterday was Bodhi Day or Enlightenment Day and I wanted to post something about it today since I didn't get a chance yesterday.

Bodhi Day--Usually observed December 8 or the Sunday immediately preceding, is the date, according to Mahayana tradition, of Siddhartha Gautama’s realization and presentation to his fellow seekers of the Four Noble Truths.

James's comment: Sometimes we Buddhists can feel a little left out during the year end holidays and so Bodhi Day is a great opportunity for us to be apart of the season. So you might want to take a moment either today or sunday to remember the enlightenment of the Buddha and rededicate yourself to the path of the Bodhisattva. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the present moment and to offer service to those with less then us.

Another holiday for Buddhists comes on the first full moon of January as the Buddhist New Year. It is a chance to renew our commitment to live the Dharma in the new year. Yet another holiday is the celebration of the birth of the Buddha on the 8th of April or the sunday before(bows).

-Peace to all beings-

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2 comments:

Tom said...

Trackback. This post is cited in Blogmandu, Roundup for Dec 5-11, 2005.

Anonymous said...

hey,
i'm trying to bring some multicultural holidays into my high school's so-called winter holiday assembly, so i'm trying to find symbols to represent the various celebrations and i was wondering if you knew of something that would really work for Bodhi Day?
anything you could tell me would be greatly appreciated so my email address is: physics_is_life13@yahoo.com
thanks!

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