Hundreds Buddhists Commemorate Moment of Vesak in Menteng
by Hindra Liu, Kompas, May 9, 2009
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Hundreds of Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightment and spiritual liberation of Buddha Gautama, Vesak Day 2553/2009 in Vihara Buddha Metta Arama in Central Jakarta, Saturday.
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The commemoration commenced at 9 a.m., yet the devotees started to gather at the temple since 7 a.m.
After the puja, those in attendance then will perform a 10-minute meditation leading up to believed to be the moment of the Buddha's enlightment. The moment of Vesak will fall at 11.01 sharp.
Bhikkhu Padipadaro, when delivered Vesak message, urged the Buddhists to always practice Buddha's teachings in a daily life. "Buddhists shall also take an example of Buddha who always served others," Padipadaro said to the Buddhists.
Today, Buddhists across the archipelago commemorate Vesak Day. The center of the commemoration takes place in Borobudur Temple, the world's largest Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, accompanied by Religious Affairs Minister is scheduled to attend the commemoration.