Buddha Purnima marks the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood) and death (Parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha in the Southern tradition.
On the occasion, Bangladesh President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Buddhist community as well as the countrymen.
He said, the biggest message of Buddha Purnima is that people should change themselves before changing others. She pitched on the need for the internationalization of Buddhist philosophy for the world peace and harmony. Participants from more than 20 countries including India attended two day conference.
Quoting a message of Lord Buddha, "Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, and faithfulness the best relationship", Mishra said the Buddha's teachings "cover all aspects of life and care for the last individual in the last social rung of the society". He spread the Buddhist religion across the country and then other parts of the world under the rule of King Asoka.
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Thousands of Buddhist and Hindu devotees flocked to the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, to observe the traditional birthday of Buddha, also known as Buddha Jayanti or Vesak Day, yesterday. "Buddha Purnima greetings to everyone!"
Lord Buddha, who is considered as the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu, was believed to have born 2500 years ago between 563-483 BC on a full moon day (Buddha Purnima) in the royal lineage to King Suddhodana and Queen Mayadevi in the Kingdom of Kapilavastu. Viswassam Manchi Bandhavaim! Happy Buddha JayantiDo not dwell in the past, Do not dream of the future, Concentrate the mind on the present moment - BuddhaMay Lord Buddha enlighten you on the path of love, peace and truth.
BD Mishra today called upon the people of the state to follow the teachings of Buddha which he said are relevant in equal measures even today.
Modi spoke about the eight-fold path of Buddhism and said the problems that the world faced could be overcome by following this way.