The endless Nirvana
Today Buddhists across the world celebrate the “death” of Buddha, or rather the end of cycle of life and death and ascent to the Nirvana, and being free from physical existence and its pains. In fact the Buddha ascended upon understanding the Four Noble Truths, which are: 1) Life involves suffering. 2) Suffering comes from having desires. 3) The Eightfold Path. 4) Suffering ends when the Eightfold Path is followed. (and the EIghtfold path is often represented and the Wheel of Dharma – Buddha’s teachings).
Needless to say how important this day is in the Buddhist calendar, and the faithful greet Parinirvana by meditating and going to the monasteries, it is very social occasion as communities meet, prepare food and carry presents like goods, clothes or money as an offering.
This day offers an opportunity to evaluate life and manifest gratitude, in order to facilitate the path to Nirvana, as well as an occasion for remembrance of the close ones who passed away , with a purpose to maintain the awareness the death is an essential part of life and nothing is permanent nor lasts forever and therefore loss and change require acceptance rather than grief and sadness
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