Vesak is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is also known as Wesak or Buddha Day. It is a celebration of Buddha's birthday and, for some Buddhists, marks his enlightenment (when he discovered life's meaning). It is also a time to reflect on his teachings and what it means to be Buddhist. Each Buddhist culture has its traditions for the day, but it is celebrated in many different countries, including many across Asia. This year, Vesak is celebrated on May 26th.
The W&M Family recognizes Vesak is a time for charity, meditation, and reflection for our Buddhist faculty, staff, and students.