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31 May 2015
Vesak Day - Things to do
Things to do on Vesak Day:
The 8 Precepts :
1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. Abrahmacariya veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual activity.
This ritual is to improve harmony & inner balance:
1.Please kneel on cushion
2.Fill ladle & pour water over small Buddha statue 3 times
3.While pouring water, say:
·1st wash: "May I eliminate all evil thoughts"
·2nd wash: "May I cultivate good deeds"
·3rd wash: "May I help save all living beings"
Origin of Bathing Buddha
One of the main activities of the
festival is the "bathing Buddha" ritual. Legend records that when
Prince Siddhartha was born, there were extraordinary and auspicious signs
heralding his birth.
They describe the sky as being clear
with brilliant sunshine, flowers blooming and birds singing - dragons appeared
in the sky spurting two streams of purified water (one cool and one warm), that
gently cascaded down to bathe him.
At his birth, seven lotus flowers
sprung up beneath his feet as he walked - pointing one hand to the sky and
ground he said "in the heaven above and earth below, I vow to liberate all
who suffer in these three realms".
Since that time Buddhists all over the
world celebrate his birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the image of
This ritual highlights a universal
message that "it's easy to wash away physical dirt but it's much more
difficult to cleanse one's 'inner dirt' of greed, anger and ignorance."
2014.buddhabirthdayfestival.com.au,. 'Bathing Buddha Procedure | 2014 Buddha Birth Day Festival'. N.p., 2015. Web. 31 May 2015.