Hindus have sent early greetings to Buddhist communities world over on Bodhi Day, commemorating Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment, which falls on December eight.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a release in New Delhi (India) today, expressed warmest greetings on Bodhi Day, wishing peace and joy to all the Buddhists.
Rajan Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world. Dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment, he added.
Bodhi Day is observed to commemorate historical Gautama’s achieving enlightenment, finding the answers he sought, experiencing Nirvana, and becoming Buddha (Awakened One). Meditation, sutra chanting, incense offerings, study of scriptures, Sangha celebrations, etc., form part of the commemoration.
Gautama Buddha founded Buddhism, fourth largest religion of the world, in 6th and 5th centuries BCE. Basic teachings of Buddhism can be epitomized in Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, and paticca-samuppada. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.