It is Wesak Day in Malaysia today and it marks three momentous events in Buddha's life - his birthday, enlightenment and achievement of Nirvana. During Wesak, Buddhists celebrate the life of the Buddha and his teachings. They remember the night of his enlightenment and his insights into his previous lives, as well as his revelations about the nature of death, karma and rebirth, suffering and desire. The Bathing of the Buddha’ often takes place. Water is poured over the shoulders of statues of the Buddha as a reminder of the need to purify the heart and mind. Celebrations begin before dawn, when devotees throng the temples early in the morning to meditate and take the Five Precepts. Sutras are chanted by monks.
Giving to others is an important part of Buddhist tradition. Gifts may be exchanged as part of the festivities on Wesak. There is also emphasis on giving to the needy. Many Buddhist temples serve vegetarian food.Location:
No. 7, Jalan 5 Section 1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel No: 03-7782 4092
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