Vesak Day


front of the card

This morning during advisory, one of my students handed me a Vesak card which was designed by her father. This auspicious day, the first full moon in May (as celebrated in Vietnam and Southeast Asia) commemorates Buddha’s birth, death, and enlightenment (see photo below).

In the midst of the 9,746,493 things I need to accomplish before the end of school year, and in light of the innumerable loose ends surrounding my step-father’s death and my mother’s move to a nursing home, the sight of the ant on the inside of the card gave me pause to breathe and remember to take one step at a time, focusing on the quality of each step.

I am also reminded that kindness and compassion need to be the key energies fueling this process.

back of the card

back of the card


inside the card

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2 Responses to Vesak Day

  1. Interestingly powerful that the front of the card, celebrating Buddha’s birth, death, and enlightenment, shows the atrocities perpetuated directly or indirectly on others by the U.S.

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