The chief Buddhist festival, Wesak (Kason), is held in memory of the
birth, enlightenment, and entering into the nirvana of the Buddha. It is the
full moon, usually of May, that marks the climax of the celebration.
OTHER PRACTICES OR RESTRICTIONS
Dietary Laws or Restrictions
The teachings of Buddhism advise the practice of healthful living and
moderation. Many members abstain from the use of alcohol or tobacco and
some are vegetarians.
Funeral and Burial Requirements
Funeral and burial procedures are a matter of individual choice for
Buddhists; however, a clergyman must conduct burial or cremation services,
the funeral service, and assist the family with the disposition of the remains.
An autopsy may be performed when a need exists. Permission to perform
an autopsy should be obtained from the family when possible.
Generally, there are no restrictions on medical treatment provided for
persons practicing the Buddhist faith.
To become enlightened (the name given to the leader of
Symbol of Buddhism (identical to swastika)
Part of teachings of Buddha (means the truth)
Branch of Buddhism (small vehicle)