NAMO BUDDHA BUDDHIST SOCIETY, SIBU, MALAYSIA
馬來西亞詩巫南無布達佛教學

 

 

 
 

Vesak Month = Vegetarian Month

His Holiness 17th Karmapa have advocated Vegetarianism in Kagyu Monlam to request Lamas monks, annis, and lay practitioners to became Vegetarian, especially for the sake of prolonging the lives of our lineage and Root Gurus. The most supreme way to help prolong the lives of our lineage and Root Gurus is to release lives. And among all the formalities of life releasing, to be a long term Vegetarian is the most supreme way to do so.
Accordance to Karmapa's advocate of Vegetarianism, we hopes that all the Buddhists can follow his Holiness's wish and became a Vegetarian, especially in the Wesak month. To encourage all Buddhists to avoid eating meat in this auspicious month, the Society designed a tracking form for you.
Please fill in the personal information and use the tracking form to keep record of your meals, and then return it to the Society afterwards. The Society will award the participants who has completed this Wesak month Vegetarian program with a special gifts.

 

 

   

 

 

What is Vesak?

What is the purpose of Vesak?

What should we do on Vesak Day?

 
   

 

What is Vesak?


Vesak = Wesak = Buddha Purnima/Budhha Jayanti = Buddha's Birthday.  
Vesak is a holy day that celebrates and commemorates the Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, and his passing into nirvana.

The exact date of Vesāk varies according to different calendars. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on a full moon day, in the 5th month, in China on the eighth of the fourth month in lunar calendar. For example,
Tibet          5 June 2014
Nepal         14 May 2014

Malaysia     13 May 2014
China          6 May 2014

 

   

What is the purpose of Vesak?
 

The significance of Vesak bounds with Buddha and his teachings. Through celebration activities of Vesak remind and refresh us our dedication of commitment to Buddha's teachings and practices.

 

   

What should we do on Vesak Day?
 

Main ritual of Vesak Day is “Bathing of Buddha”. In Tibetan monastery, the Head Lama came in front of shrine hall to bath Buddha with mirror and water to visualize bathing the Buddha statue. All the lay followers join the chanting and the bathing ritual to share Vesak happiness. In general, Buddhist takes part in the ceremonial bathing Buddha. They pour ladles of water scented with flower petals over the statue of Prince Buddha. This symbolizes purifying their body, speech and mind.
Monasteries are elegantly decorated with flowers and banners, the altars are full of offerings. Vegetarian meals are provided. This is the most joyous day for Buddhist. Sometime, they gather to free the live stocks; birds, turtles and or fishes. This helps cultivate one’s great compassion.