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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.
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.
Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, went on a 4-day religious exchange tour from the 20th to the 23rd of September, 2012, to Mainland China.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation held a 5-day camp at the Grand Buddha Chan Monastery in Sichuan, mainland China, from 4-8 August, 2012, promoting the idea of ‘Protecting the Spiritual Environment’ which was advocated by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On the morning of 2 October 2012, a total of 40 people from the Hospice Foundation of Taiwan, Hong Kong Society of Palliative Medicine and Hong Kong Palliative Nursing Association visited the Eco-Friendly Life Memorial Garden at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
On the 19th of August 2012, in the Jiaxian Township of Kaohsiung City, the Peace of Mind Relief Station of the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, held a special tea party with the Chengkung Community.
I started getting into Buddhism at the beginning of this year. I had been reading books, participating in chanting sessions at Chan Meditation Center in Queens.
Commencing on 6 August 2012, Tien Nan Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain at Shanxia District of new Taipei City hosted a 7-day Summer Chan Camp for 112 college students from across the world to broaden their own horizon and look beyond one’s perspective.
On July 6-13, 2012, Venerable Guo Xing, the Abbot of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center and the Chan Meditation Center in USA, guided a seven-day Huatou Retreat at the Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) Vancouver Center in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Public Social University of Dharma Drum Mountain, the Dharma Drum Mountain hosted a music concert on the evening of 18 August, 2012, at the Wanli Elementary School, attracting hundreds of people in the vicinity to attend.
On the afternoon of 8 August, 2012, the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Mr. Ying-Jeou Ma presented a special award to Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong in appreciation of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation's exceptional work on reconstruction efforts in southern Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot on 7 August, 2009.