Buddhists Celebrate Lord Buddha's Birthday

June 20, 2010

Author: Niraj Warikoo

Source: The Detroit Free Press


Displaying their diversity, Buddhists of various backgrounds from across Michigan and the U.S. gathered in Warren today to celebrate Lord Buddha's birthday in an event that brought together dozens of ethnic groups.

"Happy Buddha's Birthday 2634th" read a large banner on the lawn outside Sacred Heart Monastery, a Buddhist center in Warren. Underneath was an image of a young Buddha in a lotus flower. 

The monastery was the site of a two-day conference to celebrate Buddha on a day known as Vesak. It attracted Buddhist monks and nuns from across Michigan, as well as Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Canada, and Minnesota.