His Holiness’s comments on Saka Dawa (year not specified):
“The Buddha Shakyamuni took birth as a prince of the Shakya clan in India. He achieved enlightenment at the age of thirty-six and entered Mahaparinirvana at the age of eighty-one. These three great events took place on the same day of the year, over 2500 years ago, which we celebrate at the season of Wesak
As you know, Buddhahood is a state free from all obstructions to knowledge and disturbing emotions. It is the state in which the mind is fully evolved. The Buddha’s declaration, based on his personal experience, was that all beings experience suffering even though they do not wish to do so. At the same time all beings also have the innate potential to achieve the joy of liberation. This realization formed the basis for all his teachings. Because his teachings are profound in insights and skilled in means, the Buddha is referred as a supreme guide.“
Read more at the following link: http://www.lamayeshe.com/otherteachers/hhdl/sakadawa.shtml
A very condensed teaching on the 4 Noble Truths by His Holiness:
Lama Zopa’s 2005 advice on which practices to do during Saga Dawa:
— Thanks to Dina Li for her contributions to this post.