As we observe the full moon tonight, we celebrate the 2583rd birth anniversary of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
While in Hong Kong in Aug-Sep of 2019, mom and I visited Lantau Island to see the large bronze statue of the Big Buddha or the Tian Tian Buddha – Buddha Amoghasiddhi. It is located in Ngong Ping Village near the Po Lin Monastery.
It was suddenly a rainy day. We were caught unawares, but as is supposed to be normal in Hong Kong, one usually has an umbrella in hand.
After the majestic entrance archway, there are 12 “Divine Generals” that line the pathway to the Big Buddha.
The construction of the Big Buddha began in 1990, and it was completed on 29th December 1993. This is the day that the Chinese consider to be the day of the Buddha’s enlightenment. However, many Buddhists celebrate his enlightenment (along with his birth and death) today.
Happy Buddha Purnima! Wish the blessings of the Buddha on this distressed world.