UBC Celebrates International Buddhist Day

UBC Celebrates International Buddhist Day

On Friday, April 5th, the Uganda Buddhist Center celebrated the International Buddhist Day (IBD). The event, marked by solemn rituals and reflections, was led by Most Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita, embodying the spirit of peace and harmony. Among the distinguished participants was Mr. Matia Lwanga Bwanika, the LCV Chairperson/Governor of Wakiso District. 

The ceremony commenced with Bhante Buddharakkhita, shedding light on the significance of the International Buddhist Day, particularly in the African context. He emphasized the universal message of compassion, mindfulness, and inner peace, essential Eight pillars of Buddhism principles.

Bhante Buddharakkhita also led the bathing of the Baby Buddha, symbolizing purity and enlightenment. This ritual, steeped in tradition, was a reminder of the timeless teachings of Buddhism, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries.

Accompanying Bhante Buddharakkhita were two senior monks, Venerable Pandicca and Venerable Sangharakkhita, whose presence added a sense of sanctity to the proceedings. Their wisdom and grace inspired all present, reinforcing the core values of Buddhism – wisdom, compassion, and liberation from suffering. Furthermore, in attendance were 46 Novice monks and 33 Novice nuns, along with their parents and community members, participating in a 7-day annual peace training camp. 

In his brief address, Mr. Matia Lwanga Bwanika underscored the timeless message of peace and ethics espoused by Buddhism. His words echoed the sentiments of unity and understanding, emphasizing the importance of cultivating inner harmony to foster a more compassionate society. Furthermore, he emphasized that a person who is complete must be trained in the following: the brain, the body, and spiritual life. 

“The full, complete person should have knowledge from academics and attend to the needs of the body.” Additionally, Mr. Bwanika emphasized the importance of parents continuing to support the work of the UBC and ensuring their children are well-nourished. He stressed the significance of not only selling food but also setting aside portions for the children.

Blessings, chantings and prayers, evoked a sense of peace and spiritual awakening. As participants reflected on the teachings of the Buddha, they were reminded of the profound impact of mindfulness and compassion in navigating life’s challenges.

The celebration was also a reminder of the universality of Buddhist principles and their relevance in today’s world as participants reflected on a collective commitment to building a more peaceful and harmonious world.

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