|Indonesian Buddhist Vesak, May 25, Ontario, So. California (DhammaCakraTra)|
|Birth of Siddhartha, Salabhanjika|
Some call it "Buddhist Christmas" as it commemorates the Buddha's birth somewhere northwest of India 26 or more centuries ago. But his birthday is only important because of something that happened 35 years later.
|Vesak 2013 (LABV)|
|LABV Vesak 2012|
People still become enlightened, still glimpse the timeless bliss of nirvana, but what does not happen is the arising of a world teacher, a samma-sam-buddha, a "perfectly and fully enlightened teacher" of the Path to Enlightenment, replete with mental and linguistic abilities that make possible the establishing of the Dharma in the world-system again.
|Overcoming Mara's army, tide of death|
|Massive Vesak celebrations, Dhammakaya (dimc.net), Azusa, Los Angeles (WQ file photo)|
|Buddha flags, Lantau Island (m.gin/flickr)|
Vesak, named after the Indian lunar calendar month Vesakha, marks the birth, enlightenment, and final nirvana of the Buddha. These events took place years apart on the full moon day of that month.
|Buddhist flags above golden Buddha (WQ)|