All are Welcome to Celebrate Buddha Jayanti at the Wolverhampton Buddha Vihara
on Sunday 18th May 2014 from 10:45am
What is Vesak Day?
The day of Vesak or Baisakha Puja is the day of worshiping or merit making for Buddhists all over the world. On this sacred day Buddhist commemorate three great events, the birth of the Buddha, his Enlightenment and his Mahaparinibbana or passing away on same day of full moon day of this month. Buddha’s main teachings is not to do any evil, cultivate good things and purify one’s own mind. However, the core foundation of Buddhist teachings is called Four Noble Truths (Catu ariya sacca) :
1) The fact that unhappiness exists (dukkha)
2) The cause of that unhappiness (samudaya)
3) The fact that unhappiness may cease (nirodha)
4) The Way leading to the cessation of unhappiness (magga).
These Four Noble Truths are the foundation of all the teachings of the Buddha. The Way to end suffering is following the Middle Way. In his second sermon, the Buddha taught something unique: that Impermanence is a fact; that the experience of suffering is our reaction; suffering which we can reduce only if we develop selflessness / egolessness(non-soul identity) which the Buddha termed anatta.
In November 1998 all the buddhist countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Nepal, India etc. proposed agenda for ‘International recognition of the day of Vesak’ to the United Nations. On 15th Dec. 1999 the UN’s General assembly adopted the resolution for the international recognition of the day of Vesak (Buddha Jayanti). Since, UN celebrates this day every year at its head office in New York and other regional centres all over the world.
Presently, not only the buddhist but other faiths also celebrate this day with great joy by practicing moral ways and purifies the mind, which is the way (buddhamarga) to achieve real happiness and peace within.
On this auspicious day of Vesak Day every human being should take an oath to cultivate good, purify the mind for real happiness and peace and thus pay homage to the Buddha by practicing it. May this holy day bring you good thoughts and good deeds always.
Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam
May you be happy and peaceful.
All Welcome to:
Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee of GB – Wolverhampton Diksha Divas Celebration – 20th October 2013
Short Programme and Fireworks on 14th October 2013 at 7pm
Buddha Jayanti 2013 Special Broadcast Programmes:
Programme 2 -
Programme 3 -
Dr Ambedkar 122nd Birth Anniversary – 14 April 2013:
Please see special programme broadcast in response to the Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, Terrorist bombings on 7-7-2013
For Buddhists the world over this one of the most highly venerated shrines, this is after all where the Buddha attained Enlightened over 2600 years ago.
How to Practice Metta Meditation:
Metta meditation was one of the three types of meditation that the Buddha taught. Metta is practiced to share merit and good fortune with all other sentient beings. It is best practiced for a short time after you have just finished mediating. Below is a guide to how you could practice metta:
Ensure you are calm, relaxed and if you have just sat for meditation, just rest for a few minutes and ensure you have no physical pains in your body and your mind is calm.
With your eyes and mouth gently closed, start to observe your breathing.
As your are observing your breathing then start to think slowly and calmly in your mind the following thoughts with kindness:
May I be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May my teachers and preceptors be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May my mother and father be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May my friends, family, relatives and enemies be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
May all beings, big or small, human or non human, near or far, dead or alive, of this world or another, of the ten directions be truly happy, truly peaceful, truly liberated, (repeat this three times),
Hope this helps