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Monday, April 25, 2016
The Origin of Bathing the Buddha
Over 2,600 years ago in ancient India, Queen Maya of Kapilavastu gave birth to Prince Siddhartha, who later became Shakyamuni Buddha, under the ashoka tree in Lumbini Garden. The newborn Prince, pointing one hand up at the sky and the other downwards to the earth, said, “In heavens and on the earth, I am the singularly supreme.” This meant that, having gone through three great incalculable eons of practice and about to attain Buddha-hood in the human realm, he was the most superior among all the heavenly and human beings. At that very moment, two streams of pure water came down from heaven to bathe the Prince’s body. Since then, Buddhists have been celebrating the Buddha’s birthday by performing the Buddha Bathing Ritual.
On 24 March 2013, 18 Buddhist practitioners from Leadership & Communication Skills of Tung Lin Kok Yuen Wang Fat Ching She, Hong Kong, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education.
In the evening of 21 April 2013, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain came to Taiwan’s National Theater’s plaza to join with several tens of thousands of people to pray together for Taiwan and the world.
On the afternoon of 20 March 2013, 30 students of the Dharma Drum Sangha University and volunteers gathered at a beach near the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of New Taipei City for a beach cleanup campaign.
At a farmhouse in a bamboo grove, some 30 years ago Master Sheng Yen became Abbot of Nung Chan Monastery, continuing Master Dong Chu’s tradition of practice, inspiring multitudes to learn about and uphold the Buddhadharma.
Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong visited Taichung Veterans General Hospital on 23 March 2013 to share his insight with hundreds of physicians, nurses, and volunteers on how to embrace our vows and to maintain a positive and enthusiastic view on life.
On the eve of Lunar Chinese New Year, 9 February, 2013, Dharma Drum Mountain held a Grand Prayer Ritual at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education to welcome the new year.
The Republic of China’s (Taiwan) Premier Yi-Huah Jiang and his wife Mrs. Shu-Zhen Lee visited Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education on the afternoon of 16 March 2013, in remembrance of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
On 9 March 2013, Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSC) signed a memorandum with the Haeinsa Temple in South Korea to promote academic collaboration.
On 13th of February 2013, the Tainan Branch of Dharma Drum Mountain held a Dharma Assembly to celebrate the Lunar Chinese New Year. Many people attended to nurture wisdom , make vows, and offer prayer.
On the evening of 24 February 2013, also known as the Lantern Festival, a concert was held at the newly inaugurated Shuiyue Practice Center of Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei, in remembrance of the late Venerable Master Shen Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain.