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Thứ sáu - 10/05/2019 23:25
Lewis Lancaster
For UN Vesak Day 2019

United Nations Day of Vesak has become an important event for all Buddhist groups. It is a time of meeting others from the global community of believers. The tradition of the Buddha counts his life to be one of three gemsand asks that all who are accounted to be Buddhists, take refuge within them. The celebration of the birth of the Buddha, who is considered to be the first gem, is recognition of the importance of the life of an individual whose influence, after more than two millennia, continues to provide teaching and guidance for millions of followers. Gathering together thousands of individuals in Vietnam, to honor this day, allows the world to view the power and strength of the second gem”: the Sangha, the community. During these days of celebration, leaders from the Sangha express the third gem”: the teachings left by the Buddha. In this way the Three Gemsare manifested in a substantial and meaningful fashion during UN Day of Vesak.

Lewis Lancaster,
Professor Emeritus  
University of California, Berkeley and 
University of the West.

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