Today is Vesākha Day – also known as Buddha Day! Celebrated around the world, but predominately by Buddhists in South Asia and South East Asian communities, (including those in the Lowell area), it commemorates events of significance to all Buddhist traditions: the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. Traditionally the day is used to reiterate a determination to lead a noble life, to develop their minds, to practice loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.
The Dracut Library is just the place where we can help you to develop your mind (and hopefully your heart)! Check out our books on Buddhism such as:
“The Good Heart: a Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Looking for fiction? Believe it or not there is some great fiction that has a Buddhist or Tibetan centered story plot. Check out bestselling authors like Eliot Pattison, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
We’ll also be happy to direct you to local Buddhist groups such as the Boston Shambhala Meditation Center, or to publishers of Buddhist related materials such as Wisdom or Snow Lion Publishers. Looking to support a Buddhist organization? Consider Tools for Peace which strives to help children and teens develop self-confidence, develop positive attitudes and resolve conflicts by using Buddhist principles. Whatever you do today – Be kind! And remember what Mark Twain once said: “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”