Buddha Purnima is celebrated as birth of King Siddhartha Gautama. He was Nepali prince who later went to become founder of Buddhism. One can see the word – Purnima is meant for full moon which is why we celebrate Buddha Purnima on full moon day. Buddha title is given to those who entitled to bodhi or wisdom. Once he has attained Buddhism. It is commonly celebrated during month of Chaitra in lunar calendars.
The teaching of Gautam – non violence, respect for life and equal approach to women has made Buddhism popular. The concepts of tradition and modern idea of progress has made modern countries accept the Buddhism especially in Asian countries. Buddhism is practiced in different parts of world and it is especially inclusive as it does not celebrate any deities. The philosophical bent of Buddhism gave the popularity across various groups of people.
Buddha Purnima also unite Buddhists all over world for common cause. The main events of Buddha life – birth, enlightenment and nirvana. This would build awareness in life of devotees or who want to build awareness of teachings of Buddha in away that respect all cultures.
Buddha teachings has changed the life of millions of people. Whether Buddha is viewed as spiritual or philosophical figure, there will less or zero impact. He teaches a way of life. One does not need to be follower to appreciate the relevance of his teachings on wisdom. It should be appreciated with open world.
How to celebrate Buddha Purnima –
- Listen to Buddhist teachings – These teachings are passed by word of mouth or stone carvings. Due to modern day technology, we have access to Buddha teachings at our finger tips. We listen to any podcast on Buddhism.
- Meditate – Meditation helps us to ease out tensions or stress in life. It is becoming common practice among diverse culture.
- Donate – Buddha was all about respect and care – there is great opportunity to find a cause that makes you feel strongly about this donation.