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The 45th Program of Buddhist Dharma Light

Update: 05/05/2014
In the morning of May 4th, 2014 (April 6th of the Lunar Horse year), thousands of Buddhist believers from many provinces came to Hoang Phap Pagoda to attend a one day Buddha Recitation
 

The 45th Program of Buddhist Dharma Light

 
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Hoang Phap Pagoda continued to organize the 45th program of\r\nBuddhist Dharma Light. Junior Venerable Thich Dong Thanh was the lecturer to\r\nanswer Buddhist’s questions. The question in the program was about Buddha's\r\nbirth day (VESAK)

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Hereafter are details of questions:

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Question 1:

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I had read on a website on which there is the article “Vesak\r\nshould be used  instead of Buddha’s Birth Day”. The content refers to the\r\nuse of "Vesak", which is supposed to be more scientific, more correct\r\nand more accurate than "Buddha’s birth day" that we tend to use up to\r\nnow. So, which word is right, the Vesak or Buddha’s birthday? How will we\r\nrespond to the opinion "Vesak should be used instead of Buddha’s birth\r\nday"? Besides, as far as I know Vesak is an observance of the Buddha’s\r\nbirth, enlightenment, and death. So, is it right if Vesak is used instead of\r\nBuddha's birthday, which does not include Buddha's enlightenment and death?\r\n I am very concerned about this issue.

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Would you please analyse  and interprete it for us, so\r\nthat we have proper perspectives on this issue.

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Question 2:

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I had known in the celebration of Buddha’s birthday, the\r\nritual of bathing the Buddha is conducted at some pagodas. What does the\r\nceremony mean?  And why is it conducted only once a  on the Buddha’s\r\nbirth day without regular baths? I often see Buddhists scramble to get the\r\nwater which was used in bathing Buddha to drink or wash their faces. I know\r\nthis is not right but did not know how to explain  it to them. I hope you\r\nwill explain in the program of Buddhist Dharma light to Buddhists more clearly\r\nabout this problem. Finally, I wish you and Buddhists had countless happiness\r\nin this year’s Buddha’s birthday season.

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Question 3:

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I’m a Buddhist. On the occasion of Buddha’s birthday this\r\nyear, I intend to  offer food to the monks at a monastery and to do\r\ncharity work in order to contribute little to society on the Buddha’s birthday.\r\nIn the last one- day practice in this pagoda, I know pagoda mobilized Buddhists\r\n to join hands to support the program “Walk on the path of love together”\r\nin which charitable gifts would be donated to hospitals and social centers. Now\r\nI have changed my mind; I will not work out the former plan but I will\r\nparticipate only in the latter. In contrast to my viewpoint, my friend assumes\r\nthat if we offer monks we will get more blessings and advised me to implement\r\nthe former. Thus, I wonder which one I   should follow, the former or\r\nthe latter and if they create the same good blessings. Could you please give me\r\nsome advice? I would appreciate your responses.

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After the program ended, Buddhists practiced Buddha\r\nRecitation and walking meditation. At 3pm, the program ended. Buddhists\r\n left and were given a gift of DVD “The Wind that shakes the small\r\nbamboos”.

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To learn more about the 45th program of Buddhist Dharma\r\nlight we would like to invite you to watch it on Phap am Hoang Phap at http://www.chuahoangphap.com.vn/phap-am/.\r\nIt will soon be updated on the website.

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Translated by Nguyen Xuan Tich.

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