Bodhi Day, commemorated on 8th day of the 12th month in the lunar calendar , is a sacred occasion in Buddhism marking the profound enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became the Buddha. It is a celebration of the moment when, under the Bodhi tree, Siddhartha attained supreme knowledge and awakened to the true nature of existence.
On this auspicious day, Buddhists worldwide engage in reflective practices, meditation, and acts of kindness. Bodhi Day symbolizes the triumph of wisdom over ignorance, as Siddhartha transcended the cycle of birth and death, achieving Nirvana.
Under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, Siddhartha engaged in deep meditation, encountering the demons of desire and delusion. In the face of these challenges, he remained steadfast, ultimately attaining enlightenment as the morning star graced the sky. The Buddha's awakening revealed the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, providing profound insights into the nature of suffering and the way to liberation.
Bodhi Day is a time for followers to reflect on their own paths, seek enlightenment, and renew their commitment to compassionate living. It stands as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us that through mindfulness and understanding, we too can awaken to the profound truths that guide us towards inner peace and enlightenment and become Buddha one day.