Vesak Day
卫塞节

Vesak

Around 2,500 years ago in India, on the day of the full moon in May, Queen Mahamaya from the city of Kapilavastu gave birth to Prince Siddhartha under the Sala Tree at Lumbini Park. Prince Siddhartha later renounced worldly life to become a monk and achieved Supreme Enlightenment. He is since known as Shakyamuni Buddha.

Vesak Day is a day that commemorates not only the birth of Buddha, but also His attainment of Enlightenment and entrance into Parinirvana. It signifies Buddha’s light of wisdom shining upon the whole world and his great compassion in relieving the suffering of all sentient beings. At the same time, it reminds us Buddhists not to forget the mission to propagate the Dharma to benefit all sentient beings.

大概在2500年前五月的月圆日,印度迦毗罗卫国的皇后摩耶夫人,在蓝毗尼花园的无忧树下产下悉达多太子,这太子便是后来出家并证得圆满佛果的释迦牟尼佛。

卫塞节除了纪念佛陀的诞生外,同时也纪念佛陀的成道与涅槃。纪念这三种殊圣的日子就是庆祝卫塞节,又称佛陀日,它表示了佛陀的智慧光明遍照世间,大慈大悲救度一切众生的意义,也提醒我们不可以忘记弘法利生续佛慧命的使命。