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Jakarta Post

Introspection, harmony urged in life

  • Panca Nugraha and Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 7 2012   /  07:22 am

Messages of self-reflection and harmony were sent out as Buddhists across the country observed Waisak 2556, or the Buddhist Day of Enlightenment, on Sunday.

Hundreds of followers at Lenek hamlet, Bentek village, in North Lombok, attended the Waisak procession at Sutta Dhamma, the oldest Buddhist temple in the regency.

Lenek hamlet, located 60 kilometers north of Mataram, the regional capital of West Nusa Tenggara, is one of several hamlets with a Buddhist majority nestled within a predominant Muslim community.

On Waisak, Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: the birth (623 BC), enlightenment (588 BC) and the passing away (543 BC) of Gautama Buddha. Buddhism, which came from India, has assimilated into many foreign cultures, and consequently Waisak is celebrated in many different ways all over the world.