…to you all! May you “live long and prosper” 😉
The above image, quite appropriate for the day, is one of the most skilled artistic representations of the “Buddha visiting the devas” (looks like 33) I have ever seen…thanks go to the Youth Buddhism Team for posting this saddha-instilling artwork.
Below a Vesakha Greeting Card version of the above picture. Please feel free to copy and use for your own purposes.
1242. Overcoming the devious ways and range of Mara, he walks (free), having broken up the things that make for barrenness of mind. See him producing release from bonds, unattached, separating (the Teaching) into its constituent parts.
1243. He has shown the path in a variety of ways with the aim of guiding us across the flood. Since the undying has been shown (to them), the Dhamma-seers (are those who) stand immovable.
1244. The light-maker, having penetrated (the Dhamma), saw the overcoming of all standpoints. Having understood and experienced it, he taught the topmost (Dhamma-teaching) to the five.
1245. When the Dhamma has been thus well taught, what indolence could there be in those who know the Dhamma? Therefore, vigilant and ever revering, one should follow the training in the Fortunate One’s dispensation.
1245. When the Dhamma has been thus well taught, what indolence could there be in those who know the Dhamma? Therefore, vigilant and ever revering, one should follow the training in the Fortunate One’s dispensatio
If you have no clue what “Vesakh” means, here two links for further reading:
There are some useful materials on Engaged Buddhism from Vesak 2008 (held in Viet Nam) on Bliss & Growth. There will be more with time!