Saka Dawa
(Vesak Day)

Anniversary of the Buddha’s

Birth, Awakening, and Passing Away

Friday, June 5, 2020 
in the Tibetan calendar 



Saka Dawa is the holiest day of the Buddhist year.

Ven. Chodron explains how it brings hope in this short 2011 video.


And Ven. Sangye Khadro gives a Saka Dawa message in June, 2020:
What would Buddha say if he were here today?



 On Saka Dawa, we celebrate the Buddha’s birth, awakening, and parinirvana (passing).

We rejoice in our potential to become fully awakened too.

We recall the Buddha’s fully perfected compassion, love, wisdom, and skillful means.

And we honor all the teachers who have brought the teachings to us.

It takes a tremendous amount of merit to meet the Buddha’s teachings, and you have created the causes to do so.

Rejoice in your fortune, take advantage of your precious opportunity, and cultivate your good qualities. Now, dedicate all this goodness for your own awakening and for the welfare of all beings.


All merit accumulated on this special day is multiplied 100 million times.



Ways to celebrate Saka Dawa and create merit




Saka Dawa greetings and best wishes from
everyone in the Sravasti Abbey Community