Vesak Day (Waisak in Indonesia), or also referred to as ‘Buddha Day’, is a holy day even here in Hindu Bali. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddhartha Gautama, founder of Buddhism.
In Bali, the Buddhists celebrate Vesak with an offering of fruit, flowers and candles, presenting them in a Vihara, a sacred Buddhist site. One very well known Vihara in Bali can be found at Benoa Port, Vihara Satya Dharma; when seen from the outside, this Modern-Chinese building resembles a temple more than a traditional Vihara. Like other Viharas in Bali, a Balinese Hindu altar stands nearby, in its outdoor yard. It is a sacred place for the Buddhists, somewhere to practice and develop perfect mindfulness. They believe, in order to reach total enlightenment, they must liberate themselves and others from suffering. On Vesak Day, the Viharas and Buddhist temples are sure to be alive with Buddhists celebrating around the island.
Vihara Satya Dharma
Jalan Pelabuhan Benoa, Pedungan, South Denpasar
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