Rinpoche on National TV2’s Wesak Day Special!
(By Pastor Loh Seng Piow)
H.E. Tsem Rinpoche appeared as the main guest speaker on the TV program “Buddhism’s Holiest Day” on Malaysia’s National TV2, on Wesak Day 2013.
Rinpoche was approached by TV2 for His opinion on Wesak Day. They wanted it as part of their Wesak Day Special documentary on TV2.
Besides Tsem Rinpoche who represents the Vajrayana tradition in Malaysia and its surrounding region, there are also other top representatives from the Theravadan and Mahayana movements who are speaking for their own traditions. There is beauty and dignity in diversity of Buddhist traditions.
Watch Tsem Rinpoche present to millions of TV viewers a concise yet very clear and insightful explanation on Buddha’s life story and what Buddhism is all about.
Wesak Day, or Vesak Day, is the day that Buddha Shakyamuni was born, gained enlightenment and entered clear light. For Buddhists all over the world, it is a day to celebrate the Buddha’s teachings, ie. the Buddha Dharma. It is also to remind us of the potential that we can all achieve by following in the footsteps of Buddha Shakyamuni, which is enlightenment.
Wesak Day is the most holiest time in the Buddhist calendar. The word Wesak comes from the Sinhalese language, “Visakha”, the name of the 2nd month of the lunar Hindu calendar.
Different countries may celebrate Wesak Day in different ways… but many people celebrate it by offering flowers, joss sticks, candles and other personal offerings to the Buddhas. Temples all around the world carry out their own services and activities… and it’s also very common for many to liberate animals on that day, as well as going on a vegetarian diet.
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