BUDDHIST FESTIVALS

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Pages: 50

Year published: 2011

Chapters: Ōmisoka, Lantern Festival, Vesākha, Sangamitta, Rocket Festival, Uposatha, Ghost Festival, Qingming Festival, Hungry ghosts in Chinese religion, Sanja Matsuri, Bon Festival, Guru Purnima, Duanwu Festival, Cheung Chau Bun Festival, Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Setsubun, Buddha's Birthday, Esala Perahera, Bodhi Day, Children's Day, Tibetan Festivals, Cold Food Festival, Tsechu, Liberation Rite of Water and Land, Kathina, Magha Puja, Monlam Prayer Festival, Pavarana, Vassa, Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival, Pee Ta Khon, Boun Pha Vet, Poy Sang Long, Lhabab Duchen, Madhu Purnima, Vixakha Bouxa, Asalha Puja, Kagyed, Parinirvana Day, Ghost Festival in Malaysia, Chotrul Duchen, Shangsi Festival, Bhumchu, Drupka Teshi.

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...Sangamitta or Sanghmitta (Sanghmitra in Sanskrit) was the daughter of Emperor Ashoka and his Buddhist queen Devi. Together with Venerable Mahinda, her brother, she entered an order of Buddhist monks. The two siblings later went to Sri Lanka to spread the teachings of Buddha at the request of King Devanampiya Tissa (250 BC – 210 BC) who was a contemporary of Emperor Ashoka (304 BC – 232 BC) of India. Ashoka was initially reluctant to send his daughter on an overseas mission. However, because of the insistence of Sangamitra herself, he finally agreed. She was sent to Sri Lanka together with several other nuns to start the nun-lineage of Bhikkhunis (a fully ordained female Buddhist monastic) at the request of King Tissa of Sri Lanka to ordain queen Anulā and other women of Devānampiya Tissa's court at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka who desired to be ordained as nuns after Mahindra converted them all to Buddhism. After Sangamitta’s contribution to the propagation of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and her establishing the 'Bikhhuni Sasana' or 'Meheini Sasna' (Order of Priestesses or Nuns) there, her name became synonymous with 'Buddhist Female Monastic Order of Thervada Buddhism' that was established not only in Sri Lanka but also in Burma, China and Thailand, in particular. The day the most revered tree, the Bodhi tree, a sapling of which was brought by her to Sri Lanka and planted in Anuradhapura, and which is still surviving, is also celebrated every year on the Full Moon day of December as "Uduvapa Poya" or "Uposatha Poya" and "Sanghamitta Day" by Theravada Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Sanghamitra is known for the proselytisation activity among women that she pursued as her lifetime goal, along with her illustrious brother Mahinda in Sri Lanka at the initiation of her father, Emperor Askhoka of the Maurya dynasty who ruled in India in the 3rd century BC. Ashoka, after absorbing Buddhism, launched a very ambitious programme of spreading tenets of Buddhism in nine other countries of the ...

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