Vesak: A Celebration of Buddhism

Apr 30th, 2018 | By | Category: Articles, Changemakers, Mantra Books, O Books

Buddha Purnima or Vesak marks the anniversary of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The date for the celebration of Buddha Purnima varies from year to year in the Western calendar. This year Buddha Purnima 2018 or Vesak 2018 falls on 30th April.

Today, we celebrate the life and teachings of Buddha and bring you 10 fun facts that you may not have known about Buddhism:

  1.  The word ‘Buddha’ is a title, which means ‘one who is awake’, in the sense of having ‘woken up to reality’.
  2. In Buddhism, Karma is the force that drives the cycle of suffering and rebirth for each being.
  3. The 3 tallest statues in the world are of Buddha.
  4. 7 million Buddhists are found outside of Asia.
  5. As a teenager, Steve Jobs traveled to India to seek enlightenment and returned as a Buddhist.
  6. Unlike many religions, Buddhism has no single central text that is universally referred to by all traditions.
  7. The historical Buddha was not obese. The”chubby Buddha” or “laughing Buddha” is a10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai.
  8. Buddhist monks are not allowed to kill any animal, for any reason, even pests and vermin.*
  9. Buddhism sees humans as part of nature, not as separate from it.
  10. The current Dalai Lamawas selected for the role when he was 2 years old,and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama when he was 4.


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