Buddha in Me, Buddha in You : Vesak Weekend (Lễ Phật Đản)
“We know that a Buddha lives inside of each of us. It’s not the man who lived a long time ago, of course, but the nature of that man.” Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children
One of the most profound teachings given by the Buddha is his gentle reminder that we all have the Buddha nature inside, a Buddha within waiting to manifest when conditions are sufficient. Is there a moment in your daily life when you pause, smile and say silently to yourself, “A lotus for you, a Buddha to be?” This practice can help you to get in touch with your awakened nature. There are certain practices that can help your Buddha nature grow stronger and more beautiful. When you sit and breathe mindfully, when you walk and eat mindfully, you can be more alive, awake and aware; this is the energy of a Buddha. Mindfulness practices help you to get in touch with peace and stability and to generate insight that can change your life positively. Becoming a Buddha is easier than you may think.
Our Teacher has often said, “The future Buddha is a community.” A four-fold community of monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen will come together for this special occasion to support one another cultivating the Buddha within, celebrating the baby Buddha in each one of us with joy and happiness.