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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 Humanitarian and Social Improvement Foundation (DDMHSIF) announced the winners of the 4th Caring for Life Award in the afternoon of 24th of July 2012 at Taipei’s DDM Degui Academy.
On 28 June, 2012, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain Venerable Guo Dong attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a new library benefacted by DDM at Minxin High School of Shuxue Township, Sichuan.
On 22 June 2012, Venerable Guo Xuan of the DDM Sangha Community was invited to attend a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) at the International Convention Center of National Taiwan University in Taipei, introducing DDM’s effort on eco-burial at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
The DDM World Center for Buddhist Education hosted a four-day summer camp from 12th to 16th July 2012. The camp gave 150 children an opportunity to experience Chan joy, to sense mindful tranquility and learn more about Buddhism.
On 7-8 July 2012, the Da An Branch office of Dharma Drum Mountain in Taipei City held a two-day summer camp at Taipei’s Da An Forest Park,to allow children to enjoy the practice of Chan (Zen), and to get acquainted with Buddhist etiquettes and the idea of Protecting the Spiritual Environment.
In the 7-day Chan retreat, one learns to isolate oneself from the past and future, and becomes focused on the present. One pays no attention to what other people think,say or do and therefore releases oneself from any entanglement with others.
On the morning of 23 July 2012, President of Taiwan Association Philippines INC., Mr. David Shih (Ming-Hsin Shih), on behalf of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education and handed the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong a letter entitled Resolution No. 258.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Jiaxian City of Kaohsiung hosted a 3–day summer camp for 100 financially disadvantaged students living in remote villages.
The President of China Poly Group Corporation, Zhengao Zhang, visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for the first time on 4 July 2012.
On 29 June 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDMHSIF) attended Hualien Prison in the afternoon of 29 June, 2012,to host a music concert and introduce inmates the Six Ethics of the Mind.