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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.
On 26 June, 2011 (Sunday), Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) organized its yearly thesis presentation event for the graduating class of year 2011.
On 21 May, 2011, Vice Mayor of Mianyang City in northern Sichuan, Mr Lin Yi, and 23 other Mianyang officials visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City.
An 18-member delegation representing Dharma Realm Buddhist University in the United States, led by Venerable Heng Sure, on 7 June 2011, paid their first visit to the Preparatory Office of Dharma Drum University and the Dharma Drum Buddhist College, hoping to advance future academic and cultural exchanges.
On 8 June, 2011, President of the Buddhist Association of Xiamen in mainland China (BAXM), Venerable Ze Wu, accompanied by 18 members, paid their first visit to Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, New Taipei County.
On 20 June, 2011, the 16th International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) Conference, co-hosted for the first time by the Dharma Drum Buddhist College and Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, will commence at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District, New Taipei City.
The branch office of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Miaoli County held a jubilant event on the morning of 8 May 2011, to present stipends to financially disadvantaged students.
On 14 May, 2011, ‘The Peace of Mind Relief Station in Nantou’ of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) initiated an event, offering financial support to Nantou students who are financially disadvantaged.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station of Dharma Drum Mountain and Social Welfare Station (DDMSWCF) in the southern Taiwanese township of Linbian in Pintung County hosted a two-day excursion for the families of 24 households from 7-8 May, 2011.
On 8 May, 2011, Vice Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Pin, accompanied with other medical members from Taipei, arrived at Chenjiaba village of Northern Sichuan in China and co-presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Chenjiaba Medical Center.
On 24 April 2011, Ziyun Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Kaohsiung City hosted a special event in which a total of 164 financially disadvantaged students received financial help.