Magha Puja is an important religious festival celebrated by Buddhists on the full moon day of the third lunar Month for more than 2500 years. It marks the four auspicious occasions which happened nine months after the Enlightenment of the Buddha near Rājagaha in Northern India.
The Buddhist ideology is the ultimate objective of every Buddhist. As outlined in the Lord Buddha’s sermon, Buddhist ideology comprises the following:
Subsequently the Lord Buddha suggested the following moral standards:
Finally, he recommended the conducts which his disciples should obey.
Lighting Lanterns to Cultivate Faith and Wisdom:
The light of faith and wisdom that we light up in homage to the Triple Gem represents our faithful heart with realization in the Lord Buddha’s virtues. We humbly offer the light to worship his compassion, purity and wisdom as he knew the truth of life thoroughly. Nothing could conceal his insight power. As we worship him with respect, we will receive merit in return. The merit from paying homage to the wholesome one will enable us to be prosperous and successful in our lives. The gift of light will allow us to have beautiful eyes, superb vision, beautiful radiance, a bright mind, luminous wisdom and, ultimately, attain the Buddhahood or Dhammakaya inside ourselves.
According to the Buddhist scripture, there was once a lady who faithfully lit lanterns to pay homage to the Lord Buddha. Later on, her good karma caused her to be reborn as a beautiful lady with a golden subtle complexion. Radiance glowed from her body constantly. Even when she was in the dark, she was able to see things because of her own radiance. After she ordained to become a Bhikkhuni (female Buddhist monk), she managed to attain enlightenment quickly and went on to become a female disciple monk who was recognized by the Lord Buddha as the one who was excellent in recalling past lifetimes. From this story, we can conclude that the act of worship to the Triple Gem is indeed the opportunity to develop our own mind by realizing and welcoming the wholesomeness of the Triple Gem into our own heart, similar to opening the lid of a crystal jar to receive drops of clean rain from the sky. We do not only believe in what we do, but we also understand why we do it. This is why the act of worship allows us to cultivate both faith and wisdom simultaneously.
You are cordially invited to join the Magha Puja Day ceremony at Wat Phra Dhammakaya! Magha Puja Day is one of the most important Buddhist holy days in Thailand. Every temple across country holds ceremony to celebrate the occasion. The ceremony at Wat Phra Dhammakaya is one of the largest held in Thailand which main Light For Peace.