In the Buddhist tradition, this year, June 9th is the commemoration of Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (passing from this world); it is the holiest day of the year for Buddhists around the world. It is our belief that because Buddha Shakyamuni prayed for all sentient beings to achieve enlightenment, and he achieved enlightenment on this day, the merits of our virtuous and positive actions will be multiplied 100,000 times over, especially good deeds done on the full moon of Friday, June 9, 2017.
The Gyuto Monks would like to ask all of our friends and members to participate in this very important occasion by making a concerted effort to take positive steps in helping others in whatever small ways possible. For instance, one could volunteer at a local shelter or soup kitchen, be a vegetarian for the month, or even for the single day of June 9th, for the sake of others around the world, assist the elderly, offer one's services to local charities, and/or spending time with the sick and home bound. These acts will benefit not only others but ourselves as well, many times over.