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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 the evening of the 23rd February 2013, also traditionally known as the Lantern Festival, the Xingxin Monastery in eastern Taiwan Taitung City held a ceremony “Transmitting the Light (of Dharma)” in commemoration of the life and teachings of Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain.
The Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) held the Tenth Awakening Camp at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. The 9-day camp started on 29 January, 2013, attracting a total of 194 young people from Taiwan as well as other countries.
In conjunction with the Lunar Chinese New Year, the Anhe Branch of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) organized a Prayer Rituals event which was attended by more than a hundred people over the age of 70 years and their families.
The Winter Chan Camp for Youths 2013 was held by Dharma Drum Young Buddhists Society (DDYBS) at the Education Center for Protecting the Spiritual Environment in the Sanyi Township of Miaoli County on 21 January, 2013.
On the afternoon of 19 December 2012, Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) held a special lecture, titled ‘Experience of Trauma Resiliency at Fukushima’, where Dr. Tetsunori Koizumi and Dr. Hisako Koizumi, were invited to share their experiences on post-traumatic spiritual recovery after the Fukushima accident that occurred on 11 March 2011.
On the afternoon of 13 January 2013, 64 couples, receiving blessings from the DDM Sangha, tied the lifelong knot and took oaths in the Grand Buddha Hall of the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. Couples from South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Great Britain, and Mainland China participated in the joint Buddhist wedding ceremony.
On the morning of 16 December 2012, the Nung Chan Monastery held the end-of-year philanthropic party where thousands of people living in the Beitou District of Taipei City attended to celebrate and nurture a compassionate mind.
On the afternoon of 9 January 2013, students of the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) went to an aged care facility in the Wanli District of New Taipei City to visit and offer residents at the home DDM Sangha blessing for 2013.
Following its inauguration on 30 December 2012, the Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery held its first Refuge-Taking Ceremony on the following morning.
The newly completed Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery held a prostration event of worship on 31 December 2012 as a special way to refresh the mind and to celebrate the New Year.