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Stop selling Vesak

By Quintus Perera, Asian Tribune, May 28, 2010

Celebrations should be made as a vehicle to promote peace

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- If you are travelling in an around Colombo there are some posters that read as ‘Panadura Vesak Pahan Kooduwa which was at Seeduwa is now at Bellanwila and now displaying huge and technologically complex Vesak Lanterns has become big business.


Buddhist doctrine for all

by Ven Dr Beligalle Dhammajoti, Lanka Daily News, May 28, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Some scholars with a little knowledge of Buddhism are of the opinion that there is no socio-economic and political philosophy of Buddhism.


Frankfurt Sri Lankans to celebrate Vesak with traditional Pirith Ceremony

ColomboPage News Desk, May 25, 2010

Frankfurt, Germany -- The Sri Lankan community in Frankfurt am Main, Germany are celebrating the Vesak Festival with a traditional overnight Pirith Ceremony to be held at Phat Hue Pagoda in Frankfurt on 28th May 2010.


Malaysian PM Joins Buddhists Nationwide To Usher In Vesak Day Celebration

Bernama, May 28, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Buddhist devotees in Malaysia, from all walks of life, celebrated Vesak Day in the spirit of 1Malaysia, offering prayers and alms Friday.


Homage to Lord Buddha


Penang, Malaysia -- BEING confined to a wheelchair did not stop retiree Lim Goay Sim, 77, from offering prayers at the Mahindrama Buddhist Temple on Kampar Road, Penang.


Buddhists mark Vesak Day

By Ang Yiying, The Straits Times, May 29, 2010

Thousands of devotees visit temples, make offerings and take part in sacred rituals

Singapore -- BUDDHISTS celebrated Vesak Day yesterday with visits to temples, offerings of fresh fruits and flowers, and rituals such as Buddha-bathing, where water is poured onto a statue of the Buddha.


Temples refrain from releasing animals on Vesak Day

By Ting Kheng Siong, Channel News Asia, May 28, 2010

SINGAPORE -- Vesak Day, which falls on May 28 this year, celebrates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha.


Sri Lanka President’s Message for Chennai Vesak

Daily Mirror, 29 May 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “There is an important aspect to  this occasion as the Prince Siddhartha attained Buddhahood 2600 years ago on a Vesak day,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his special message to the Chennai Vesak Festival.


Monks upset over Dalai Lama not raising temple issue

Sify News, May 28, 2010

Bihar, India -- Buddhist monks in Bihar are disappointed that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama did not raise the demand for Buddhist control over the management of the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya during his visit here.


Thousands to throng shrines for Vesak

by Wijitha NAKKAWITA, Lanka Daily News, May 29, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Vesak, the holiest event among Buddhists marks the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing away of the Buddha who was born at Kapilavastu in Nepal twenty six centuries ago. The Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi 2555th year of the passing away and the 2635th year of the Buddha falls tomorrow.


VESAK is special

By Sirohmi Gunesekera, (Source: Daily Mirror, May 25, 2010), The Buddhist Channel, May 28, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The full moon Vesak Poya Day falls today. Buddhists commemorate the Birth, Passing away and Enlightenment of the Buddha on this thrice-blessed day.


Dalai Lama, Karmapa lead Buddha Purnima celebrations in India

IANS, May 27, 2010

New Delhi, India -- Thousands of Buddhists from all over the world, including the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa, Thursday led the Buddha Purnima celebrations in India that was attended by hundreds of monks from as far as Tibet and Nepal.


Dalai Lama inaugurates Buddha Smriti Park in Patna

IANS, May 27, 2010

PATNA, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday inaugurated the Buddha Smriti Park, a sprawling 22 acre park dedicated to Lord Buddha in the heart of the city, on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.


Karmapa participates in Buddha Purnima celebrations in Delhi

IANS, May 27, 2010

New Delhi, India -- Delhi celebrated Buddha Purnima Thursday, enriched by the presence of hundreds of monks and lamas from all over the country besides Tibet and Nepal, including the Karmapa, one of the most important lineage holders of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.


Buddhist organisation invites the public to join devotees for Wesak activities

The Star, May 26, 2010

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia -- THE Nalanda Buddhist Society, a leading Malaysian Buddhist organisation, will be celebrating Wesak this year with various programmes and activities spanning four days tomorrow until May 30.


20 devotees move big Buddha statue onto Wesak float

By LIM HUI LING, The Star, May 27, 2010

Penang, Malaysia -- IT took 20 people to move the one-tonne Buddha statue from the shrine located within the Malaysian Buddhist Association (MBA) building on Jalan Burmah to the main float some 40m away.


Buddha statues, temples spruced up for Wesak

By ANN TAN, The Star, May 26, 2010

Penang, Malaysia -- BUDDHIST temples and associations in Penang are abuzz with activity as devotees gear up for the Wesak Day celebrations on Friday.


Labuan Buddhists to mark Wesak in style at RM4m building

Daily Express, May 27, 2010

Labuan, Malaysia -- 'The locality is called "Pulau Buah" (Fruit Island) and once had a war tunnel through which the Japanese soldiers attacked the nearby airfield during World War Two.


Boy creates Vesak lantern with 1000 bulbs

By Kusal Chamath, Daily Mirror, 26 May 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A 14 -year -boy of Samagi Mawatha Angulana is making a large Vesak lantern depicting a Jataka story for the 3rd year.


Main Buddhist festival celebrated in Sri Lanka Tamil region

Xinhua, May 27,2010

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- For the first time in several decades the main Buddhist religious festival of Wesak is celebrated Thursday in the northern city of Jaffna, government officials said.


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