• I am studying Tibetan Buddhism and I live in Mexico. Our Sangha celebrated Vesak (Sakya Dawa) with a day of meditation and dedicating the merit for all sentient beings. I was not in Mexico during that time, but I attended a large meeting of Buddhists in the south of Spain. We received initiations from the XVII Karmapa. Great day!

  • In my tradition (Tibetan Buddhism) Vesak day is called Saga Dawa. I always do three things: First, I take the day off from work so I can focus on the dharma and spend as much time in a spiritual frame of mind as possible Second, I spend extra time in meditation practice, especially focusing on tonglen meditation to help heal the suffering of the world. Third, I look for an activity in the world to do to help others who are suffering — such as visiting hospitals, volunteering at a shelter, or gathering up contributions for the needy. I generally also send a check to my temple.

  • During this time, people celebrate the triple anniversary of Lord Buddha
    Vesak is the day marking the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha

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