Happy Vesak (Buddha Day)

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  1. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Super Moderator

    Today is Vesak, or Buddha Day. According to legend, the Buddha was born, became enlightened and died on the same day of the year, the first full moon of May.

    Much like other religions, Vesak (pronounced "way-sak") is celebrated on different days in the different traditions and countries. Some have taken to a firm date in May, some still use the old lunar calendars and Vesak can be in May or June, depending on how the moons land that year.

    I won't bore you with the legends and stories of the Buddha (unless someone asks, then I would be happy to do it), but like in Christianity, his birth has a lot of miracles and devas (angels) coming down and wise men showing up, and all other sorts of weirdness. He battles Mara during the night of his enlightenment and his death is his last death, having broken free of samsara (cyclic existence).

    Are all these miracles and stories true? I doubt it. But it doesn't really matter, especially if it brings you some happiness and helps you along the way down the Dharma path.

    Metta (loving-kindness) to all, and may you find happiness and peace in your life.
     
  2. InVolNerable

    InVolNerable Fark Master Flex

    We're Vol fans. Happiness is a pipe dream.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2017
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  3. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Super Moderator

    First Noble Truth: Life is full of dukkha (often translated as suffering, but more akin to dissatisfaction). And brother, do vol fans suffer.
     
  4. gcbvol

    gcbvol Fabulous Moderator

    Thanks for sharing, Norris! Metta to you.
     
  5. utvol0427

    utvol0427 Chieftain

    Please change thread title to "Happy Holidays".

    TIA
     
  6. IP

    IP Grusader Knight Errant of the 8th Order

    Do we get presents?
     
  7. IP

    IP Grusader Knight Errant of the 8th Order

    In some cultures, it is known by "dookie."
     
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  8. utvol0427

    utvol0427 Chieftain

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  9. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Super Moderator

    You get THE present!


    Get it?



    the present.


    tough room.
     
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  10. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    "Happy Holidays" is what the terrorists and apostates say.

    This Buddhist holiday will henceforth be known as "Spring Christmas" on the 8th.
     
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  11. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    +1
     
  12. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    Take my perturbed chuckle and show yourself out.
     
  13. GahLee

    GahLee Director of Conspiracy Theories, 8th Maxim

    Haha
     
  14. NYYVol

    NYYVol Super Moderator

    This thread triggered me.

    Damn camel jockey, that Norris.
     
  15. GahLee

    GahLee Director of Conspiracy Theories, 8th Maxim

    I know right. This ****ing guy wishing us Metta. Prosperity and happiness my ass, we're Vol fans. We've been on a degradation trip for going on 20 years. 2/3rds of my life.

    Metta. Ha!
     
  16. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    With his fat god, trying to indoctrinate us all with peace, love and shit.

    Calm down, zealot.
     
  17. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Super Moderator

    True Story*:

    Someone traveling in the East heard the phrase "dookie happens" meaning "suffering is there" and mistranslated it to "shit happens". Made a million bucks.


    *meaning I completely made it up
     
  18. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    In other words, "Wei sack"
     
  19. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Super Moderator

    Happy Holidays!

    Today is vesak and may all beings in existence be happy and well and may they know the causes of their suffering and know the end of their suffering.

    Buddhist monk goes up to a hot dog vendor and says "make me one with everything."


    I'll be here all week.
     
  20. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    Is Vesak like a Free Will Baptist, or an Independent Baptist Church, thing?

    I only understand religion as it directly correlates to Southern Baptists.
     

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