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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 26th and the 27th of October, 2012, the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) hosted a special international conference entitled ‘Chan Tradition in Buddhism: Origin and Development’ in discussion of Chan’s origin and development in Buddhism – at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWF) have successfully brought its seven-year relief programs in southern Leyte Province, Philippines to an end.
On the morning of 15 September, 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain for Buddhist Education hosted a grand tonsure ceremony in the Grand Buddha Hall. Eleven novices had their heads shaved and joined the sangha.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) set off on 7 October 2012 for a five-day mission to Haiti, which suffered a deadly earthquake in January 2012, killing approximately 270,000, injuring over 3 million and destroying 90% of buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince.
On the morning of 13 September, 2012, 93-year-old Master Benle of Baozhu Monastery, in Wuhan City of China’s Hebei province, and almost one hundred of Baozhu’s monks and lay practitioners, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for the first time.
On the morning of 24 September, 2012, both the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Culture and the Nung Chan Monastery received honors for humanitarianism from the Department of Civil Affairs of Taipei City Government at the International Convention Center of National Taiwan University Hospital.
On the evening of 30 September 2012, the Nung Chan Monastery celebrated the 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival with hundreds of devoted followers and performances by the Lodong Dharma Drum Team, Nungchan Dharma Drum Team and other musical items.
On 30 September, 2012 Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) celebrated traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival across the island, including the Ziyun Monastery in Kaohsiung, the Yunji Monastery in Tainan, the Xinxing Monastery in Taitung and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshang District, New Taipei City.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation went to the Taima Township in Taitung County offering care and relief to people suffering from the effects of Typhoon Tembin, which hit the area on the 24th of August 2012.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation held a 4-day camp from 10-13 August, 2012, at the Shifang High School, Sichuan.