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    This Full Moon celebrates the Buddha

    Today’s full moon is traditionally dedicated to the Buddha’s birthday and is known as Buddha Purnima (the full moon of the Buddha). Historians can’t agree when he was born exactly, but it was certainly over 2500 years ago. His teachings are unparalleled for their understanding of human nature and psychology. If people could get beyond the mistaken notion that Buddhism is a religion (although through local adaptations in some cultures it has effectively become one), it would be clear that what the Buddha taught is of universal benefit and far from exclusive or dogmatic. Some yoga practitioners, including many yoga teachers, are not sure why the Buddha so often shows…

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    Full Moon full of promise

    Every year, the Full Moon in May celebrates the life of the Buddha – his birth (2579 years ago), his enlightenment, and his passing. Known as Buddha Purnima (meaning “full moon of the Buddha”), today is a day to remember the gift of awareness and the deep understanding of the human mind that Siddharta Gautama shared with his followers, and subsequently – through them – with generations of seekers around the world. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ~ The Buddha The impact and beauty of the teachings can be found in…

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    Guru Purnima – Honouring our teachers

    Today’s full moon is my favourite moon of the year, because it is Guru Purnima. Purnima means full moon in Sanskrit, and Guru means the remover (ru) of darkness (gu). This special full moon is also known as Buddha Purnima to Buddhists, and Vyasa Purnima in honour of Veda Vyasa, who was both the author and a character in the epic Mahabharata (“the great land of light”). For thousands of years, this has been a time of honouring the teacher and the teachings that lead us to enlightenment. Regardless of the appearance or form or your guru, or whether there have been many or just one very special teacher, the…