Monk at Borobudur TempleA monk celebrates Vesak Day, the Buddha’s birthday, at the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia. (photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Today is the birthday of the Buddha, born as Prince Siddhārtha Gautama in Lumbini, 150 miles from Kathmandu, Nepal. Devotees celebrate three stages of his life on this day: his birth, enlightenment after meditating under the Bodhi tree, and his passing.


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I got to visit Borobudur Temple in 1982 with others in a global language school I was teaching. I have a few (not very good) photographs. Wonderful to remember the Buddha and our time there not too long ago.

what an incredible picture...such an enlightened teacher....Namaste!