The Significance of Vesak 卫塞节的意义
Vesak Day, the full moon day of the fourth lunar month, is the most important annual event for the Buddhist community. It commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Final Nirvana of the Buddha.
The meaning of VESAK lies with the Buddha’s universal message of peace to humankind. It has become a festival for rejoicing, for spreading goodwill to all, to be grateful towards everyone, and for us to reflect on our spiritual development.
On Vesak Day, some Buddhists:
observe the Eight Precepts, while others may join the communal observances by going through the ceremony of taking the Threefold Refuge (in the Buddha, Dharma – the Buddha’s Teachings and Sangha – the community of monks and nuns),
observing the Five Precepts of respect for life (not to kill); respect for personal property (not to steal); respect for personal relationships (not to indulge in the senses); respect for truth (not to lie); and respect for mental and physical well-being (not to take intoxicants);
making offerings at shrines and chanting of sutras. They may also participate in processions and circumambulation, and listen to sermons of the Buddha’s Teachings.
Many Buddhists also take vegetarian meals on this day as they recall the teaching of Universal Compassion.
This is a day when temples are colourfully decorated with Buddhist flags and lights, and shrines filled with flowers, fruits and other offerings.
卫塞节, 农历四月十五的月圆之日, 是佛教团体每年最重要的一个节日。它纪念了佛陀出生、悟道及涅槃的三件大事。
受五戒 (尊重生命即断杀、护生；尊重个人的产业即不偷盗、乐于施舍；尊重人际的关系即不邪淫 、知足；尊重真相即不妄语、诚实; 尊重精神及身体的良好状态即不服用麻醉品)、