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.
4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
6. Vikalabhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at the forbidden time (i.e., after noon).
7. Nacca-gita-vadita-visukkadassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanathana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to seeentertainmentswearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
8. Uccasayana-mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.

Bathing the buddha

Bathing Buddha Procedures :
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 Buddha.
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."
Source :

2014.buddhabirthdayfestival.com.au,. 'Bathing Buddha Procedure | 2014 Buddha Birth Day Festival'. N.p., 2015. Web. 31 May 2015.

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