Namo Shakyamuni Buddha,
Respectful greeting to the Most Venerables, Venerable Sanghas, Dhamma Brothers and Sisters, and Beloved Friends,
About 2600 years ago, the future-to-be Buddha was born as a prince named Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya clan in India. After 6 years of an ascetic life of extreme self-mortification without much spiritual progress, he determinedly sat under the bodhi tree to practice contemplative meditation for 49 days and eventually became fully enlightened. In the succeeding 49 years of dharma propagation, the Buddha continued tirelessly teaching other beings.
Throughout 2600 years of Buddhism history, wherever Buddhism spreads, it has always helped to show people the spiritual path of transforming their own greed, anger, and ignorance so that all can attain eternal peace and happiness. Once again, we will all gather here at Thanh Tu Meditation Center tomorrow May 7th, 2020 for the Vesak day celebration.
Though we might come from various cultures, languages, and Buddhist traditions, let us be united in harmony by our common Buddha-nature of universal compassion and wisdom. We all vow to practice shared understanding and loving-kindness to help ourselves and others along the Path. Our vow represents the most meaningful gift dedicated to the Buddha on his birthday and that is the spiritual meaning of the Vesak Day’s event.
On behalf of Sanghas from Giac Son Buddhist Temple, Giac Nguyen Buddhist Temple, Quan Am Buddhist Temple, Kim Son Buddhist Temple, Phat Bao Buddhist Temple and Thanh Tu Meditation Center
Bhikkhu Thich Tue Phat