HAPPY VESAK DAY (May 5, 2023) May All Beings Benefit.
Vesak is a day for extra practice, offerings, and meritorious deeds such as giving. Vesak — Buddha’s birthday!
On this day we celebrate Buddha’s Life and Teachings. (In 2023 on May 5). During his extraordinary life, he gave 80,000 teachings (by tradition) recording the form of Suttas (Sutra in Sanskrit). According to scholars and archeologists, these are the verifiable events of Buddha’s life:
563 B.C. Siddartha’s Birth in Lumbini Nepal
548 B.C. Siddartha’s marriage to Yasodhara
534 B.C. Buddha sees the four sights: Suffering
534 B.C. Siddartha leaves home
533 B.C. Siddartha Meditates in Magadha
532-5238 B.C. Siddartha the Ascetic
528 B.C. Siddartha risks death at Varanasi
528 B.C. Awakening at Bodh Gaya
528 B.C. First Teaching at Sarnath
528-483 B.C. A lifetime of teachings, Turning the Wheel
483 B.C. Paranirvana at Kusinagara, Malla
- For a detailed feature story on the archaelogical evidence of Buddha’ps life, along with more detail on each of these periods of Buddhas life, see our previous feature: Historical Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha life; what do archaeologists, scholars and scientists agree are the validated, authentic events?
May all beings benefit.
Giff is a scene from @BuddhaWeekly video Stumbling on the Buddha (below)
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Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
Lee also contributes as a writer to various other online magazines and blogs.