Buddha Purnima 2022: Date, History, Significance, Images, and Quotes by Gautam Buddha

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Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti, also called Vesak is one of the greatest festivals of Buddhism. This auspicious day marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha.

Gautam Buddha
Gautam Buddha

Gautam Buddha‘s birthday is celebrated on the Purnima in the month of Vaisakh of the traditional Hindu calendar and between the months of April-May in the Gregorian calendar.

Buddha Purnima Date

YearDate
2021Wednesday, 26th of May
2022Monday, 16th of May
2023Friday, 5th of May
2024Thursday, 23rd of May
2025Monday, 12th of May
2026Friday, 1st of May
2027Thursday, 20th of May
2028Monday, 8th of May
2029Sunday, 27th of May

Significance of Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima is very important for the followers of Buddhism in the whole world. Gautama Buddha was a very great spiritual leader who renounced all worldly pleasures to lead a simple and contented life.  Lord Buddha is believed to be the 9th avatar of Lord Vishnu (after Sri Krishna who is the 8th incarnation). However, the theories slightly differ in other regions.

Gautama Buddha taught the principles of equality & love for all living creatures. Buddha is considered to be the founder of Buddhism. It is also believed that the day of Buddha Purnima is thrice blessed as it celebrates the 3 prestigious events in the life of Gautama Buddha. On this chosen day people remember the teachings of this great saint. His teachings have used a means to end the sufferings and miseries in life.

The festivities of Buddha Purnima are also be celebrated in the neighboring countries of Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Buddha Birthday Celebration
Buddhist nuns pray during a ceremony at the Tam Chuc Pagoda in Ha Nam province on May 13, 2019, ahead of Vesak Day celebrations. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read NHAC NGUYEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Buddha Quotes for Life

“May all beings have happy minds.”

“Give, even if you only have a little.”

“A disciplined mind brings happiness.”

“The root of suffering is attachment.”

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.”

“Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”

“Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!”

“Meditate … do not delay, lest you later regret it.”

“Whatever has the nature of arising has the nature of ceasing.”

“Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”

“Live with no sense of ‘mine,’ not forming an attachment to experiences.”

“In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.”

“Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.”

“Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.”

“It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.”

“All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.”

“I will not look at another’s bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed.”

“Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”

“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.”

“One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.”

“Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.”

“Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.”

“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”

“All conditioned things are impermanent—when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”

“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”

“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.”

“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.”

“Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.”

“Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.”

“As a water bead on a lotus leaf, as water on a red lily, does not adhere, so the sage does not adhere to the seen, the heard, or the sensed.”

“If a man going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current — how can he help others across?”

“Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.”

“Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.”

“Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone.”

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.”

“All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.”

“They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.”

“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline have one taste, the taste of liberation.”

Lord Gautam Buddha
MAGELANG, CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA – MAY 18: Buddhist monks prepare at Mendut temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 18, 2019, in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the Borobudur temple annually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. It is observed during the full moon in May or June, with the ceremony centered at three Buddhist temples by walking from Mendut to Pawon and ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism’s founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing (Parinirvana). (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

“As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so, shall I endure abuse.”

“The one in whom no longer exist the craving and thirst that perpetuate becoming; how could you track that Awakened one, trackless, and of limitless range.”

“All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.”

“Ceasing to do evil, Cultivating the good, Purifying the heart: This is the teaching of the Buddhas.”

“Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.”

“He who can curb his wrath as soon as it arises, as a timely antidote will check snake’s venom that so quickly spreads — such a monk gives up the here and the beyond, just as a serpent sheds its worn-out skin.”

“As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I. Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.”

“Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so, the wise are not affected by praise or blame.”

“We will develop love, we will practice it, we will make it both a way and a basis…”

“There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.”

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”

“Whatever is not yours: let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your long-term happiness & benefit.”

“The one in whom no longer exist the craving and thirst that perpetuate becoming; how could you track that Awakened one, trackless, and of limitless range?”

“Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.”

“Be truthful; do not yield to anger. Give freely, even if you have but little. The gods will bless you.”

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

“I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels, and mortals.”

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”

Buddha Purnima Images

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