Vesak as a festival of lights
With the dawn of the 2556th year of the Buddhist
calendar, reckoned after the Passing Away of Sakyamuni Gautama
Buddha, the world will mark Vesak this week. The Vesak Poya is
significant to Buddhists across the world as three most significant
events of the Buddha’s life occurred on a Vesak Full Moon Poya day.
Delight in Dhamma helps to live in peace
In the Dhammapada Chapter 6 – Pandita Vagga, The
“Wise”, there are fourteen stanzas, recited by the Buddha for people
at different places of all walks of life. The significance of these
stanzas was that it transmits strong messages of the value of right
livelihood. This is found in all 423 verses in the Dhammapada.
Live and let live
Islam, the universal religion has made its
followers a community of sharing, caring and loving brothers and
sisters. I am a firm believer of this unique concept. The practical
demonstration of unity is in the five times daily prayers; and Hajj
is the annual declaration of global unity.