Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment on the diamond lotus throne under the Bodhi tree on the auspicious day of 8th in lunar December. This day has come to be known as Buddha Treasure Festival or Dharma Day.
During this day, Buddhist monasteries around the world will prepare Laba porridge for the public to enjoy while organising many activities to celebrate the momentous day. The idea of Laba porridge originated from the incidents which occurred during Buddha’s six years of asceticism. At one stage, the Buddha became thin to the bones, and near death. At that time, a shepherd girl offered Buddha a bowl of milk; it was sustenance that saved his life. After regaining strength, Buddha sat meditating under the Bodhi Tree, gazed at the stars and attained enlightenment.
It was the bowl of milk which has given us the conditions to have Sakyamuni Buddha as our teacher, and to commemorate this momentous event, special eight-grain porridge is prepared as an offering to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and a chance to form affinities with the ten directions.
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