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Happy Vesak
May 20th, 2016 (May 21st, 2016)

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Happy Vesak

This year, Vesak is a lot more united (20th, 21st or 22nd of May) than last year (May 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 25th, June 1st or 2nd, cf. … although the wolframAlpha link no longer is satisfactory since Wolfram has replaced the lunar computation with mere externally sourced holiday data… and getting it wrong!).

Like I did last year, I'll pick the UN holiday ( as the day to wish you a happy vesak, as I feel it represents best the idea of unity, which is called for in this situation rather than a focus on a specific country, hierarchy or authority.

For those interested in using this day to deepen their understanding of the Dharma, may I suggest a related resource I recently found at (even if the celebration is on the 22nd, due to clinging to national preferences)?

May I bring your attention in particular on the "all media" > "academic books" section ( Some of you might find something of interest there.

This site is struggling right now, I suspect it's just not dimensioned to handle the load of requests it receives today, but I expect it to work better soon and to keep useful resources online for a quite while after the conference.

For those interested in using this day to reflect on embodying the Dharma in our current context, may I suggest checking out some of my recent posts focused on the economy (,,,,,, or even the Pope's last admonition against economic wrong views (, an admonition the Buddha would probably have agreed with, if we're to consider his advice to householders and discourses on "right livelihood".

Please also visit,
• to check on upcoming retreats (,
• to vote on some topics for future retreats ( —we're about to program September–December),
• to subscribe to our newsletter (to stay informed of future events),
• to "walk the talk" and cultivate generosity on such an auspicious day (!

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Illustration: bronze figure of Shakyamuni (Chinese, Ming dynasty)