Today is Bodhi Day— the Buddhist holiday commemorating the day when the Buddha first experienced enlightenment (in sanskrit, known as bodhi) while sitting under a tree and meditating. The former prince, Siddhartha Gautauma, had recently given up years of self-enforced fasting, service, and poverty and resolved to sit under a tree and simply meditate until he could finally find the root of suffering and how to liberate oneself from it. It took him more than 40 days. LEARN more or WATCH a video… (300-600 BCE)

The deep silence brought an awareness of several Noble Truths. As the morning star rose in the sky in the early morning, Siddhartha Gautauma finally found the answers he sought, became enlightened, and experienced Nirvana: By behaving decently, cultivating discipline, and practicing mindfulness and meditation, an end can be put to craving, to clinging, to our aversion to what is not pleasurable, and therefore to our dissatisfaction.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The leaders of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine signed an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States (1991)
  • The Cuzco Declaration was signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations (2004)
  • Kirsty Williams was elected by the Welsh Liberal Democrats and became the first female to lead a political party in Wales (2008)
  • SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft after the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 (2010)
  • Volunteers for Operation Gratitude, a non-profit military and veteran support organization, assembled its One Millionth Care Package, a milestone cheered by thousands of supporters assembled for the celebration (2013)

And, on this day in 1987, the leaders of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. signed an historic agreement to destroy thousands of shorter-range nuclear weapons.

Reagan and Gorbachev signing treaty - WH photo
White House photo

Signed in Washington, D.C. by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty eliminated all missiles of any kind, as well as their launchers, that are on land within a range of 310–3,420 miles (500–5,500 km). By May 1991, 2,692 missiles were eliminated, and 10 years of on-site verification inspections followed.

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