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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 the afternoon of 11 December, 2010, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei for the joyful 2010 Year-End Philanthropy Party of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 22 December 2010, volunteers from the Hualien Branch Office of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, together with students from Hualien Commercial High School, paid a compassionate visit to a nursing home at Jian Township of Hualien County.
The 8-day Fourth Great Compassion Water and Land Service at Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County marked its successful end on 5 December 2010, following the Dharma ritual of ‘Sending Off the Holy Ones’.
Upon the end of a five-year relief plan in 2009 initiated in Aceh Province of Indonesia for the care of tsunami-afflicted people (which included the construction of orphanages, campuses, activity centers and kindergartens), the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation mapped out a new two-year subsidy project to provide continued support for poor students in Aceh who have suffered from the 2004 deadly tsunami.
Vice Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Pin, went to Sichuan, China from 18 to 22 October, 2010, to initiate the fourth award of stipends for disadvantaged students.
On 5 December, 2010, Vice Mayor of Mianyang City, Sichuan, Mr. Qi Zhao, and 19 other members visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County.
On 11 and 12 December 2010, volunteers from Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a two-day Camp at the Xialin Primary School of Miaoli County.
Minxin High School, located in Xiushui Township of Mianyang City in Sichuan, held the first ‘Week of Spiritual Environmentalism and Art’ event from 8 to 10 December 2010 to educate students about Spiritual Environmentalism through various programs.
On 29 October, 2010, the ninth medical team was dispatched by Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation to assist the 2004 South Asia Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.
The Rian Activity Center, located in the Fanlu Township of Jiayi County, was officially opened on 6 November 2010.