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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 ‘Five-Year Relief Project’ in Sri Lanka, which was initiated after the deadly tsunami that struck in 2004, has been successful. Though the project wrapped up in December 2009, DDMSWCF’s concern about the poor people in war-torn northern Sri Lanka continues.
In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a small but warm party was held at the Wish-Fulfilling Guanying Hall of the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education on the evening of 12 September, 2011.
On the evening of 10 September, 2011, Tiennan Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain held a party in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) at Linbian Township of Pintung County held a one-day family trip on 11 August, 2011, at Shuanlung National Park.
On the morning of 5 September, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Foundation, Yunlai Monastery, Nung Chan Monastery, and Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies were recognized by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) for the long-term humanitarian works in Taiwan and abroad.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held a two-day summer camp in Jiaxian District of Kaohsiung City from 20 August 2011 to equip disadvantaged students with skills to use in their daily lives and understanding Buddhism.
28th August was the birthday of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. In celebration this year, over three hundred faithful Buddhist believers made a pilgrimage to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District, New Taipei City.
On the afternoon of the 19th of August, 2011, Secretary General of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), Venerable Guo Qi, and Vice President of DDM General Association of Dharma Supporters, Mr. Chu-Qi Huang, attended a tea party held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the Taipei Guest House in Taipei City.
On 28 August, 2011, the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education held the Tonsure Ceremony for twenty Sangha University students who made their commitment to officially become Buddhist monastics.
Commencing on the 26th of July 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held a four-day summer camp at Mianyang High School of northern Sichuan, China.