Bodhi Day: Statement from Minister Aheer

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, issued the following statement on Bodhi Day:

“More than 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama sat under the Bodhi tree in India. He vowed to stay under the tree until he reached enlightenment. Bodhi Day commemorates the moment he saw the morning star at dawn and became Buddha, the ‘Awakened One.’

“For Buddhists in Alberta and around the world, this is a time to reflect on the core values of Buddhism. Embracing kindness, humility and compassion for all people are the foundation of Buddhist beliefs, and a lesson we can all reflect on today.

“To Albertans recognizing this day, may you find a renewed sense of faith and purpose in Buddha’s lessons.”

Media inquiries

Amanda LeBlanc

Press Secretary, Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

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