Vesak Day Message 2016 from Ven Kwang Sheng
Vesak is a time to reflect on Buddha’s qualities and teachings.
Are we applying the Dharma in our lives?
Are we inspired by Buddha’s compassion?
As Buddhist youths, you have heavy commitments in studies, career and family. Continue to practice the Dharma so that you have a clear and calm mind to overcome challenges and succeed. Some of you take on responsibilities in Youth Groups. This is very admirable, keep it up.
In your daily endeavours, remember to be kind to others and especially to yourself.
Ven Kwang Sheng
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Vesak Day Message 2016 by Phra Goh (Adhibalo), Religious Advisor, BuddhistYouth Network
Vesak Day commemorates the birth, Enlightenment or passing away of the Buddha. Without Him discovering and teaching the path to Enlightenment through many years of hardship and endeavors, there would be no Buddhism today. Out of gratitude, Buddhists should strive towards seeing the Dhamma to honour the Buddha.
“For a long time, Lord, I have wanted to come and set eyes on the Blessed One, but I had not the strength in this body to come and see the Blessed One”
“Enough, Vakkali! What is there to see in this vile body? He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me sees Dhamma. Truly seeing Dhamma, one sees me; seeing me one sees Dhamma.”– SN 22.87 Vakkali Sutta
Despite the many rituals and practices have developed over time due to different traditions and cultures, one can still practice Dhamma within whatever capacity one has. Following relatives or friends to Buddhist temples to worship, attend services or volunteer are just external conditions. Internally, one should also be mindful on recollecting the Buddha’s qualities. Then whatever one does, one will be practicing the Noble Eight-fold Path which the Buddha taught.
“Mahanama, you should develop this recollection of the Buddha while you are walking, while you are standing, while you are sitting, while you are lying down, while you are busy at work, while you are resting in your home crowded with children.” AN 11.13 Mahanama Sutta
May the Triple Gems bless and guide you till you attain Nibbana!
Phra Goh (Adhibalo)