Light shines on festival

by Michael Randall, Pakenham Cardinal Leader, 29 May, 2011

BERWICK, Australia -- BERWICK Buddhist Temple has come alive with colour as part of the traditional celebration of Wesak.

<< The Buddhist temple in Homestead Rd is prepared for Wesak.

The Homestead Rd temple was adorned with colourful lanterns and flags for the festival, which celebrates Buddha’s birthday and also marks his enlightenment and death.

Wesak is the most important of the Buddhist festivals and is celebrated during the full moon in May.

Committee member Palitha Wickramaratne said the focus of activities at the temple was the involvement of young people and delivering sermons for adult devotees.

He said 150 Sunday school children had “done a great job” by making Wesak lanterns and displays showing various images of the characters of “Bodhisattva” - the enlightened beings in Buddhist lore.

“The young men and women have committed themselves for flooding the temple ground with hundreds of traditional Wesak lanterns and young mothers and fathers have illuminated the temple, remembering our main temples in Sri Lanka during the festival,” Mr Wickramaratne said.

He said temple head Wimalananda Thero Digamadulle was guiding other monks in delivering sermons on the advanced teachings of Buddha, or Dhamma.

“Being a Buddhist, everybody’s dream is to live in this life peacefully and harmoniously, helping others as much as possible,” Mr Wickramaratne said.