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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 3 May, 2011, Venerable Chang Fa, the Vice Secretary General of Dharma Drum Mountain and Social Welfare Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), volunteers and over 100 residents of Baolai gathered in to celebrate the Bathing of the Buddha Festival and Mother’s Day at the Baolai Community Activity Center in the Liukuei District of Kaohsiung City. .
Starting from14 May, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) has hosted a number of activities at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan, District of New Taipei City to celebrate the Vesak (the Buddha’s birthday).
The 41st World Earth Day on 22 April, 2011, inspired over 100 million people worldwide to actively engage in activities geared towards environmental protection and sustainability.
On 8 May 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain hosted a jubilant and special event at the Zhongshan Square of Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei to celebrate the Bathing of the Buddha Festival and Mother’s Day.
As a gesture of compassion and care to those who suffered from the deadly tsunami in northern Japan, twenty students from Jiaxian Primary School wrote down their words of encouragement on hand-made postcards.
On 10 April 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation offered financial assistance to a total of 177 disadvantaged students from the Linbian District of Kaohsiung City. Various interesting and entertaining activities were organized for students and their families.
Following a 16-day Dharma pilgrimage in mainland China, 11 members of Dharmāloka, Croatia, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education from 26 to 30 April, 2011.
On 17 April 2011, over 1,200 people faithfully assembled at the Grand Buddha Hall of Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei City to take the refuge in the Three Jewels and pledged to follow the teachings of the Three Jewels ─ the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
On 10 April 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation offered financial assistance awards to a total of 125 Morakot-afflicted students in Jiaxian District of Kaohsiung City in the hope of encouraging them to commit to their studies, despite living in difficulties caused by Typhoon Morakot in August 2009.
On 26 March 2011, the Peace of Mind Relief Station in Liukuei District, Kaohsiung City, which operates under the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, offered financial assistance to a total of 277 students who were disadvantaged by Typhoon Morakot, the deadliest typhoon to impact Taiwan in recorded history.