Buddha’s Birthday Celebration
As we observe Buddha’s Birthday in this time of the pandemic, let us make this celebration to deepen our understanding of the Buddha’s life and his teachings.
It will be celebrated in the traditional Mahayana Buddhist way with a lotus lantern. Lotus is a symbol of enlightenment for Buddhists. Though the lotus lives in muddy water, its beauty is not tainted by the mud. Similarly, though we live in Samsara (the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth), we too should strive not to be tainted by its influence. The lotus lanterns are made to symbolize the light of wisdom that shines to illuminate the Buddha Nature that is within all of us.