Today is the New-moon Uposatha Day of the holy Vesakhā Month. That means we are just two weeks away from the most important day in the Buddhist calendar – the Vesakhā Full-moon ‘Buddha Day’, also known as ‘Wesak Day’ in Malaysia.
On Uposatha days, lay devotees often restrain their senses and cultivate greater mindfulness of actions, speech and thoughts. Some may observe the Eight Precepts, meditate for longer periods, and listen to Dhamma teachings with careful attention.
Although we cannot gather at Buddhist monasteries and centres today due to the pandemic, we can still observe the Uposatha meaningfully and effectively at home. Be ever watchful of our minds, and keep it wholesome always. We wish all venerable bhikkhū, bhikkhunī, upasakā and upasikā around the world a joyous and peaceful Vesakhā New-moon!
“Sabbe sattā sukhihontu!” May all beings be well and happy.