We would like to wish a joyous Buddha Purnima to all followers of Gautama Buddha in Bangladesh and all around the world. The day, observed on the occasion of Buddha's birthday, aims to celebrate his life, teachings and the message of peace and non-violence.
Discarding the life of a prince that entailed luxury, wealth and power, Gautama Buddha sought enlightenment through meditation, fasting and self-abnegation. He was acutely aware of the sufferings of all beings and believed that the only way to live was to be compassionate to all beings.
Lord Buddha's messages are as relevant today as 25 centuries ago when they were first uttered. Buddha promotes compassion, empathy for fellow beings as well as meditation and introspection through which one can know oneself and make amends for one's transgressions. In this world plagued by violence, intolerance, materialism and self-obsession, Buddha's words can be taken as ways to remove such evils and heal ourselves. Buddha Purnima is an occasion to remind ourselves to live in harmony with people of other faiths, ethnicities and respect their beliefs, in accordance with Buddha's teachings.