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10 rituals to honour Buddha on Wesak Day

By Christina Low and Jarod Lim, The Star, May 21, 2016

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- TODAY thousands of Buddhists across the country will be visiting temples to celebrate Wesak Day and pay homage to the Lord Buddha.


‘Seeing’ Vesak


Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Like any other festivals, Vesak Poya has also become a festival of merry-making. Make-shift stalls come out of the woodworks in the city, dangling ready-made lanterns of a multitude of colours. People scurry in and out of stalls buying Vesak cards, lanterns, buckets, masks, Buddhist flags, and lights bulbs is a common scene during the season.


Reach Out to Bridge Differences, Show Compassion on Global Scale, Secretary-General Urges in Message for Day of Vesak

by Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, The Buddhist Channel, May 17, 2016

New York -- The following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the Day of Vesak, to be observed on 20 May.


Vatican Message to Buddhists for Vesakh: Together to foster ecological education

The Buddhist Channel, May 19, 2016

Vatican City -- The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue today sent to Buddhists around the world a message for the occasion of Vesakh, the feast that commemorates three significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha: birth, enlightenment and death, celebrated following the different phases of the lunar calendar in May.


Contemplating Suicide

by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, The Buddhist Channel, May 1, 2016

A student brought a friend who had contemplated suicide while depressed to see Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The following is Rinpoche's advice

It is also very useful to think that depression is not that undeserved for me. I deserve to have this, because I have done negative actions, various ones, all sorts of negative actions, in the past, and not just in this life, but from beginningless rebirth, therefore I deserve to experience this.


Kate Middleton and Prince William meet with Buddhist nun from Kent in Bhutan

by James Rose, Kentonline.com, April 20, 2016

Timphu, Bhutan -- A Whitstable woman has returned home overwhelmed after receiving the royal backing of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Bhutan.


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