Buddha Poornima “Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” – Lord Buddha The three most significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha occurred on the same day. His birth, enlightenment and death (nirvana), all happened on a full moon night in April/May. This makes the day – called Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti – all the more sacred for Buddhists. The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama in 544 BC, to King Shuddhodhana and Queen Mayadevi, rulers of Lumbini, Nepal. According to legend, Siddhartha’s wife Yashodhara, his charioteer Channa, his disciple Ananda and his horse Kantaka were also born on Buddha Purnima day. The Buddha or the Enlightened One was also known as Shakyamuni because he belonged to the Shakya clan, while his family name was Gautama. On the day of Buddha Poornima, Buddhists arrange Panchasheel, Ashtasheel, Sutrapath, Sutrasraban, collective prayers and various other religious ceremonies. On Buddha Jayanti, the buddhist monastries all over the world echowith prayers, sermons and recitations of Buddhist scriptures. In monasteries, religious halls and homes, Buddhist monks and followers do readings of the holy scriptures through out the day before the Buddha’s statue. Some of the people just listen to these holy prayers and sermons and give alms to the monks.Two types of Buddhism are easily recognized: the Mahayana in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Nepal; the Hinayana in Thailand,Burma, Ceylon, Cambodia, India and Indonesia.