Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday created to celebrate the day the Buddha attained Enlightenment. There are different beliefs, depending on the sect of Buddhism, regarding the Buddha’s Enlightenment but generally Bodhi Day is celebrated on December 8th.
Bodhi Day is not as large a holiday for celebrations as some other Buddhist holidays, such as the celebration of the Buddha’s birth, but several sects do celebrate Bodhi Day, appreciating its significance to Buddhists.
After realizing that the methods he had attempted with others were fruitless efforts to end suffering, Siddhartha Gautama sat under a tree to meditate in an effort to find the answers he sought. At first his mind was troubled by many thoughts wandering about, distracting his efforts to meditate; images of the privileged life he left behind, of his beautiful wife, his son; desires for pleasure and power. Siddhartha struggled until, at last, he banished these thoughts, images, desires from his mind and attained the Great Enlightenment.
Siddhartha became the Buddha and from within he found the answers he sought, an end to suffering, and a state of peaceful happiness which came to be known as “Nirvana.” The Buddha realized that giving up everything had not been in vain, as he had begun wonder, and he realized the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path which has led so many to happiness for more than 2500 years.
The Sixth Form celebrate this special day by having dinner with the Headmaster.