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May 14, 2008

Wesak Day - May 19, 2008

We are again, so fortunate due to the blessing to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, Gurus, dharma brothers and sisters and our past karma that we are still alive up to today and have the opportunity to celebrate this most auspicious Wesak day which every single moment of meritorious practice, it has the multiplying effect of numberless times. So therefore, on the morning of 19th May, it’s best to take the 8 Mahayana precept then do all the morning prayers, make a strong motivation from the very moment you wake up. You should think “may all my life time and specially every moment of this life in particularly in this year, this very day, whatever act of my body, speech and mind be a complete cause to actualise the completion stage of Buddhahood for myself and all living beings”.

This should include the making of offerings to the Buddhas and whatever virtuous practices that you can engage in particularly the practice of 6 perfections (generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, wisdom and concentration). Here are some suggestion of what you can practise on Wesak day:-

If you wish to do particular prayer which has the special significance to oneself to establish great karmic affinity with Shakyamuni Buddha and to accumulate extensive merit, one can recite the Praises to Shakyamuni in 3 times (also known as “A prayer for the Beginning, Middle and End of Practice”) Please click here for prayers.

If you wish to recite Shakyamuni mantra, recite Tadyatha Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Svaha as many times as possible.

If you wish to do meditation, meditate based on Shakyamuni Buddha.

And if you wish to recite any prayers, recite related to Shakyamuni Praises.

I would like to extend my great rejoice and happiness and auspicious Wesak Day 2008 to all my dharma brothers, sisters and all friends who log on to this blog.

I will be going to Singapore for a day visit on 16th May for the opening ceremony of the late Mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog’s relic exhibition in ABC and also to pay homage to Khen Rinpoche. 1st June is a very important day for all those who have spiritual connection with Khen Rinpoche and there is a Long life Puja in ABC which I and some friends will be organizing a day visit to attend this auspicious occasion which we so eagerly await.