Mythic Holiday: Bodhi Day
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BODHI DAY

Bodhi Day celebrates the day the “Historic Buddha”, aka Siddhartha Gautama, Sakyamuni Buddha, achieved enlightenment. There are very many accounts of Bodhi Day, about as many as there are Buddhist sects. So I will distill it down to the essence. The historic Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, a coddled Prince, was shielded from the unpleasant side of the reality of the world; sickness, poverty, death. Until one day, he went out into the kingdom and saw these suffering people, ill, impoverished, grieving, or even dead...
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Bodhi Day celebrates the day the “Historic Buddha”, aka Siddhartha Gautama, Sakyamuni Buddha, achieved enlightenment. There are very many accounts of Bodhi Day, about as many as there are Buddhist sects. So I will distill it down to the essence. The historic Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, a coddled Prince, was shielded from the unpleasant side of the reality of the world; sickness, poverty, death. Until one day, he went out into the kingdom and saw these suffering people, ill, impoverished, grieving, or even dead...
The enlightenment of the Buddha is among the most significant events in Buddhist history, and it's an event commemorated annually by many Buddhists. English speakers often call the observance Bodhi Day. The word bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali means 'awakening' but is often translated into English as 'enlightenment.'...
Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree, also known as a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa), and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it...
Bodhi Day is a holiday which falls on December 8th and celebrates the day in which Siddhartha Gautama sat underneath the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment. This one defining moment would become the central foundation upon which Buddhism has been built upon for the last 2,500 years. It is a day on which followers can renew their dedication to Buddhism; reaffirm themselves to enlightenment, compassion, and kindness to other living creatures; and also understand the relevance of this religion as it applies to the modern world...
Buddha’s enlightenment has for 2,500 years been the central article of faith for Buddhists of every school, sect and nationality, as well as being the unifying principle of all Buddhist teaching. For Buddhists everywhere Bodhi Day is an opportunity to acknowledge our dedication to the principles of wisdom, compassion and kindness — the distinguishing features of the Buddhist worldview. I also think it is an opportunity to understand the relevance of Buddha’s enlightenment to today’s world, where Buddhism is enjoying something of a renaissance...
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