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【Fo Guang Shan 2020 Buddha’s Birthday Celebration-Virtual Bathing of the Buddha】

The Buddha’s Birthday Celebration commemorates the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Sakyamuni Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Prince Siddhartha was born on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month over 2,550 years ago in Lumbini, Kapilavatsu in Northern India.
Legend has it that upon his birth, nine heavenly dragons appeared, streaming out the purest fragrant water to cleanse the newly born Prince. Hence, the Buddha’s Birthday Celebration is also known as the "Bathing the Buddha Celebration”.
After the Buddha’s Nirvana, it became a tradition to bathe the statue of Buddha to commemorate his birth while reflecting on one’s inherent Buddha nature. Bathing the Buddha is symbolic of cleansing one’s body, speech and mind to purge one’s greed anger and ignorance in order to cultivate wisdom and compassion.
Inline with current shelter-in-place policies, we welcome you to share in the joy of this auspicious occasion by joining us online for the Virtual Bathing of the Buddha via the link below.
May we purify our minds together, and with the blessings of the Celebration, pray that the COVID-19 pandemic will swiftly end so that everyone may be healthy and auspicious!
Virtual Bathing of the Buddha Website:


Dates of Celebration:April 28th to May 16th, 2020
Procedure for Virtual Bathing of the Buddha:
1. Visit website.
2. Kneel before the image of the Buddha, and join your palms to pay respect to the Buddha.
3. Follow the prompts to pick up and fill the ladle with fragrant water, and mindfully pour the water over the shoulder of the Buddha. At each pour, contemplate the following:
    1st wash: "May I eliminate all evil thoughts."
    2nd wash: "May I cultivate good deeds."
    3rd wash: "May I help deliver all living beings."
4. Join your palms and make a wish to conclude the ritual.

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