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## Visakha Puja Day - May 31, 2015 Visakha Puja Day is an important day in Buddhism.  We will celebrate Visakha Puja Day at Wat Tampa on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Visakha Puja Day marks the Buddhism Trinity or three important incidents occurred in the life of Lord Buddha on the same day. They happened on the same day on full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are: The Buddha was born  on this day. Buddha was born into a royal family in what is now Nepal. The Buddha achieved "The Enlightenment" (NIRVANA) on the same day He passed away at age 80 in India. In his early years he lived a life of luxury and was shielded from the life of misery that most of the kingdom’s people lived in. At the age of 29 he left this life of luxury and studied the practices of Brahmin ascetics who denied themselves all but the most vital essentials of life. Eventually he rejected this practice and practice the "middle way" – a simple rational life of moderation. At the age of 39 he attained enlightenment. His discovery is referred to as the four noble truths: The Noble Truth of Suffering The Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering The Noble Truth of Extinction of Suffering The Noble Truth of the Path leading to the Extinction of Suffering He spent the remainder of his life wandering from place to place teaching his discoveries. Visakha Puja day was first celebrated in Thailand during the Sukhothai period (12-13th century). Typical activities would include: Going to temple for special observances and listening to Dhamma teaching, giving food to the Monks, and Keeping the [Five or Eight ](http://wattampainenglish.com/component/content/?id=27&Itemid=40)precepts. 10:30 am     Monks will recite the Eight Precepts. 11:00 am     Congregation will give alms to the monks.  1:00 pm      A monk will give a Sermon and lead a Meditation.   2:00 pm      Monks will chant in Sanskrit and lead the lit candle procession three times around the Temple.           One final note: In 1999 the United Nations unanimously resolved to declare Visakha Puja day an international day.

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1 Enakshi Ganguly = "This shift occurred because Gautam (before he became the Buddha) realized that his people were sick, aging, and dying. This moved him, but he did not know what to do. A few days later he saw that a sage walked past all these people, dying, sick and old alike, with so much compassion & light, that it made Gautam want to know -- how can we be happy despite these three factors of aging, sickness and death? Three factors that affects us all no matter who we are? Thus, he began to want for a life free of luxury and full of peace & discovery."
2 Cary W = "The simpler a persons life is, the more attention and energy he has to focus on the inner matters of the soul and spirit."