June  1, 2015 marks Vesak day, or a traditional celebration day for Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birthday. Here is an interesting video by Venerable Thubten Chodron done on Vesak a few years ago, to help give more meaning to this special day. Her talk is entitled: “Why did the Buddha do Spiritual Practice?”

Here is a video from Sri

Lanka, showing the festival of lights that shows how it is celebrated in this traditional Buddhist country: