Buddha Day is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which means that this year it’s on the 6th May, when Buddhists all over the world will be celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha over 2,500 years ago.
Yet another reason to celebrate here at Cosmic HQ!
Buddhism is becoming more popular in the Western world as people discover its spiritual wisdom, and personally I love surrounding myself with Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes. A Buddha in your home is said to bring health and good luck.
Place a Buddha figure in a position, where it faces the entrance to your home, so it invites positive energies, peace and happiness into your living space.
A meditating Buddha invokes an atmosphere of tranquillity and relaxation and also encourages you to meditate and explore spiritual truths.
Buddha Day is a joyful festival, when devout Buddhists and followers offer flowers and food as gifts to Buddha when visiting the temple. They also make a special effort to bring happiness to disadvantaged people like the elderly, sick and handicapped by distributing gifts and money to care homes, hospitals and other charitable organisations.
Celebrate Buddha Day by starting the day with a short meditation just after you get up – ten minutes in a quiet space, when you let your mind focus on positive thoughts and affirmations.
Meditation is an important component of Buddhism as it promotes the development of mindfulness and concentration.
Light a candle and if you wish you can play relaxing music. You don’t need to be a master of any meditation technique; it is more important that you feel calm and positive by the time you have finished.
Enjoy the process and think about how you can help someone on that day; spending money isn’t always necessary; instead it may be more worthwhile spending time with someone who tends to be alone or supporting a work colleague under pressure.
There are many ways, how you can make a positive move towards your fellow human beings, which is one of the key elements of Buddhist teachings. Most of all enjoy the day, and perhaps the constructive actions you take on that day may well have beneficial effects beyond the Buddha celebrations.
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