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Bathing the Buddha with Fragrant Water

More than 2600 years ago, Prince Siddhartha was born in Kapilavastu, an ancient city in India. Legend held that upon his birth there were beams of bright light descending from the sky, wonderful music sounding in the clouds, flowers in full blossom, and birds singing in the forests. Afterwards, nine heavenly dragons appeared and emitted warm streams of water, and the Four Heavenly Kings (Caturmahārājakayikas) came along with fragrant water and fresh flowers, to bathe the little prince together.


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On 20 March 2011, a special Dharma assembly was simultaneously hosted by every branch monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) across Taiwan. The assembly was specially held to pray for the victims of the tsunami and the dead in northern Japan.
On 18 February, Venerable Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche paid his first visit to the Yunlai Monastery in Taipei, the administration center of Dharma Drum Mountain.
In the early morning of 13 February 2011, sixty devoted members of ‘The Compassion Pilgrimage’ consisting of monastics from the DDM Sangha Community and lay practitioners departed from the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China has expressed gratitude to Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) for their swift response in dispatching financial and material aid to assist those suffering from the deadly tsunami that occurred in northern Japan on 11 March 2011.
On 27 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain held the last Dharma Assembly for Transmitting the Light Ceremony at Ziyun Monastery of Kaohsiung City to honour the compassionate teachings and vows of the late Venerable Master Shen Yen. More than one thousand people from Kaohsiung and nearby townships attended this event.
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.
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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.
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