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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.
Former President of Hua Fan University, Venerable Lung Xun, along with 16 other lay practitioners, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education on 19 March 2012.
On 8 March, 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong was invited to attend the 80th anniversary of Cheng Ching Hospital in Taichung City, to give an inspirational talk to the hospital’s physicians and nurses.
On 16 March 2012, Abbot Venerable Fa Yao (Dhammadipa) of Chuang Yen Monastery, home of the Buddhist Association of the United States, paid his first visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
To raise awareness of eco-conservation among monastics of DDM and the students of the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), a lecture on ‘Endangered Species in the Plant Kingdom’ was specially held by the DDBC at the World Center for Buddhist Education on the 11th of March, 2012. .
The Dharma Drum Buddhist College and the Academy of Korean Studies signed a collaboration agreement together on 2 March, 2012, pledging to jointly enhance Buddhist studies and boost academic exchange.
On the 25th of February, 2012, 17 permanent houses have been built at Lungxin, in the Liuquei District of Kaohsiung City for the flood-afflicted victims. They were formally opened by the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation and the Kaohsiung City Government.
To help examinees have a better understanding and appreciation of the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) and their possibly upcoming monastic life there, the DDSU specially held a two-day monastic camp at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education from the 16th to the 18th March, 2012.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) visited the quake-afflicted students at Mianyang High School in northern Sichuan, China on the 7th February 2012, and offered care and financial aid to the students.
On 25 February 2012, the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education cordially welcomed Venerable Phraratpraiyattayaporn, the President of the Sangha Community in the Pathumthani Province of Thailand, together with thirty other Buddhist monastics.
On the 19th of February 2012, the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, attended an assembly of the Dharma Practice Society of Dharma Drum Mountain at the Baoyun Monastery in Taichung.