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The Sravasti Abbey Community wishes you a very happy Vesak as we celebrate the Buddha's birth, awakening, and parinirvana on Saturday, May 21, 2016. May we all follow in the Buddha's footsteps, creating peace in our own hearts and in the world.

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Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha
by Lama Tsongkhapa

Seeing and speaking of dependent arising,
He was wisdom supreme, teacher supreme.
I bow to him who knew and taught
the all-conquering dependent arising.
Of the suffering existing in the world,
its root is none other than ignorance.
The understanding to kill this root
you said is none other than dependent arising.
How could those of intelligence not see dependent arising as the heart of your doctrine.
Where is greater praise of you, therefore,
than in praise of dependent arising?
Translated by Gavin Kiltie, "The Splendor of an Autumn Moon, The Devotional Verse of Tsongkhapa."
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Suggested Vesak Day Practices:
- Take the 8 Mahayana Precepts.
http://thubtenchodron.org/2011/06/taking-one-day-vows/

- Read or recite and reflect on Buddhist sutras, like the Heart Sutra http://thubtenchodron.org/2010/04/essence-emptiness/ or the Sutra of the Three Heaps (35 Buddhas). http://thubtenchodron.org/2000/01/purification-visualization-prostration-thirty-five-buddhas/

- Watch Venerable Thubten Chodron's beautiful telling of the Buddha's life story and how it relates to your own life. http://thubtenchodron.org/2014/08/spiritual-search/

- Watch Venerable Thubten Chodron's teaching from "Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions," on how the Buddha's life is explained in Pali and Sanskrit traditions. http://thubtenchodron.org/2014/12/buddhist-history-pali-sanskrit/

- Make special offerings to the Three Jewels on your altar and do the extensive offering practice. http://thubtenchodron.org/2012/04/creating-merit-giving/

Make special offerings to your teachers, Dharma center, or monasteries.

To include the Abbey in your Vesak Day generosity:
https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/SravastiAbbey/OnlineDonation.html
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