Updated April 25, 2019​ 

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Children of Dhamma School of Sarathchandra Buddhist Vihara, North Hollywood, singing bakthi gee at the temple's Vesak celebration  May 21, 2016
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President Obama, Governor Brown send Vesak greetings
 US President Barack Obama in a statement to Buddhists on  Vesak said that by taking part in activities honoring the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha, people around the world are contributing to the diversity of cultures and religions.  (See White House letter on right)

Governor Brown's message:

The State of California is one of the earliest homes to American Buddhists, and Buddhism is one of the world’s great religious traditions, touching the lives of many with its practice of compassion, wisdom and mindfulness.
American Buddhists have played essential roles in the history if this state, from the early Chinese and Japanese immigrants of the 19th century who helped build the railways, defend our country, and cultivate the land.

Throughout the State of California, Buddhist communities contribute to the welfare of our society in numerous ways, providing comfort, compassion, encouragement, and wisdom for those facing life’s challenges.

Vesak is a holy day that commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha, Gautama Siddhartha, and celebrates the cultivation of wisdom and compassion in our lives. Vesak is celebrated in numerous ways throughout the diverse range of Buddhist communities in our state. I salute the contributions of this state’s Buddhist citizens on Vesak Day.

  1. 488 m
    Number of Buddhists worldwide
  2. 3.9 m
    Buddhists in North America
  3. 1.3 m
    Buddhists in Europe
  4. 7
    Countries with Buddhist majorities