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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 morning of 11 September 2010, the Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation hosted the 2010 Forum of Saving Nature with Calm Mind at the Convention Hall of Taiwan’s CPC Corporation Building. This event followed The Forum for Caring Life, which was held on the previous day.
On the morning of 1 September, 2010, The Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Nung Chan Monastery and Yunlai Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain were awarded the highest merits by the Department of Civil Affairs of Taipei City Hall for their dedication to assisting disadvantaged people.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a summer camp from 4 to 6 August 2010, in central Taiwan’s Tonshi Township, Yunlin County. Thirty students attended the camp altogether while 63 generous volunteers offered their assistance for the duration of the camp.
Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) hosted a special youth seminar on 14 August 2010 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei County.
On 15 August 2010, Ziyun Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Kaohsiung City hosted a basic training course of emergency relief. Fifty-four volunteers participated the training.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a summer camp, “The Camp for Protecting the Spiritual Environment & Life Education”, from 21st to 24th July, 2010, in Xiushui Township of Sichuan’s Mianyang City, China, with the aim of stimulating young people to think about the meaning of life.
On 28 July 2010, over a hundred university students and teachers from Taiwan and mainland China paid their inaugural visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) attended the 2010 Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) held at Washington Convention Center of Washington D.C., United States of America, from 22nd to 23rd July 2010.
In the morning of 3 August 2010, The Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Education, Dharma Drum Buddhist Foundation, Nung Chan Monastery and Yunlai Monastery were acclaimed by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) as a group of organizations for their long term dedication to social charities.
On 2 July, 2010, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong gave a speech at the National Security Bureau (NSB), Taiwan’s principal intelligence agency, in Taipei on how to maintain a calm state of mind while experiencing highly stressful situations.