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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Bathing the Buddha with Fragrant Water

More than 2600 years ago, Prince Siddhartha was born in Kapilavastu, an ancient city in India. Legend held that upon his birth there were beams of bright light descending from the sky, wonderful music sounding in the clouds, flowers in full blossom, and birds singing in the forests. Afterwards, nine heavenly dragons appeared and emitted warm streams of water, and the Four Heavenly Kings (Caturmahārājakayikas) came along with fragrant water and fresh flowers, to bathe the little prince together.


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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.
An inauguration ceremony was held on the morning of 28 June 2012, to celebrate the successful completion of the second phase of construction at Shuxue Township, Sichuan.
The Sheng Yen Education Foundation hosted the 4th International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference from 1st to 4th June 2012 at the Convention Center of National Taiwan University, where over a hundred of Buddhist scholars and professionals from around the world attended, and over sixty well-researched papers on the Master’s thoughts were presented.
On 12 June, 2012, the 39-member delegation of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City for the first time to enhance their understanding of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s vision.
Through seas and mountains, where is your heart heading to?

From north to south, do you see your mind’s voice?
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