June 14th 2016
The Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha is a tall, white, kinda looks like an upside down icecream cone but is extremely holy to Buddhists. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. In the words of Buddha himself: "O-Bhikshus', after my death when people and members of a new generation come and ask you, then tell them that here the Buddha was born, here he attained the full enlightenment, here he turned the wheel of Dharma twelve times, and here finally the Buddha entered into Parinirvana". It is also a huge pilrimage site because it is the most important Buddha Temple
Buddhism is the worlds third largest universalizing religion with about 376 million followers and can be found primarily in east and southeast Asia. Though Buddhists do not worship any gods, they worship the Buddha.(enlightened one) Like the other major universalizing religions has branches to it. The three main branches are Mahayana, Theravada and Vajaryana. Mahayana(56%) and Theravada(38%) take up most of the Buddhist population while Vajaryana(6%0 is the least of the three major branches. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Guatama in Nepal, near India's border. Buddhism revolves around the 4 truths which are basically about the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. The place of worships for Buddhists are Pagodas, they also worship at home. Vesak is a very important holiday because it is Buddhas birthday.