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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.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) has swiftly offered financial and material aid to tsunami-afflicted victims in northern Japan on the following day of the devastating tsunami on 11 March 2011.
'DDM 14-Day Chan Retreat welcomes you'. In the 14-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 others people think, say or do and therefore releases oneself from any entanglement with others.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station in Jiaxian District of Kaohsiung City hosted the End-of-Year Philanthropic Party on 16 January 2011. The station cares for a total of 59 disadvantaged households with approximately 140 recipients.
Following two Dharma assemblies held respectively in Taipei and Taichung, the third Dharma Assembly for Transmitting the Light Ceremony was held at the main auditorium of National University of Tainan on 26 February 2011.
On 22 January 2011, the Peace of Mind Relief Station in Linbian Township of Pintung County hosted the End-of-Year Philanthropic Party at the Chiang Yuan Primary School for economically disadvantaged households.
This was a special day for 84 elders from remote villages of southern Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City. On 26 January 2011, volunteers from Peace of Mind Relief Stations in Pingtung and Kaohsiung accompanied 84 elders to a party at E-Da Crown Plaza Hotel, which is also the party’s main sponsor.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) conducted a three-day camp from 21 to 23 January 2011 at Ji Lai Ecological Resort Farm of Kaohsiung City in order to continue caring for teenagers in Liukuei who are victims of the 88 Flood that occurred in 2008.
On 19 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) hosted a Dharma Assembly for a “Transmitting the Light" ceremony. The event which was held in the main auditorium of Hung Kuang University in Taichung City, attracted approximately two thousand Buddhists to attend.
On 12 February 2011, approximately 8,000 followers of the Three Jewels in Buddhism gathered at the Grand Buddha Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of New Taipei City for the 'Day of Transmitting the Light’ ceremony.
On the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, President of the Republic of China, Mr. Ying-Jou Ma, Premier of the Executive Yuan, Mr. Dun-Yi Wu, and Mayor of the New Taipei City, Mr. Li-Lun Chu, attended the New Year Prayer Ceremony at Lotus Bell Park in the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, Jinshan District of New Taipei City.