On this day, we commemorate the enlightenment of the Buddha. Shakyamuni was born a prince of the Shakya clan near the Himalayas, but he left the palace in search for enlightenment. For 6 years he was a wandering ascetic, subjecting himself to rigorous training. The Prince went into focused meditation under a Bodhi tree with firm resolution that he would not move until he discovered the root of suffering and a path to liberation.
Like the prince, we may encounter obstacles in life such as sadness and hardships. To overcome this, Her Holiness suggest mediating to find strength to overcome each challenge. Let us also remember those who came together to build Shinchoji throughout the years and keep them in our hearts as we endeavour forward. Let’s continue to overcome challenges, hardships and experiences of pain and sadness with a steadfast spirit.
We commemorate the day the Buddha attained enlightenment on December 8th as the Feast of Enlightenment. The Chinese characters making up the name of the service refer to ‘carrying through the Way’—through awakening.We will have a service broadcast on 8 Dec, 3pm @ Shinnyo-en Singapore