Sunday, 11 May 2008

Holy shower of Buddha - Vesak Day

Bathing of Prince Siddhartha
Most temples hold ceremonial bathing of an image of baby Prince Siddhartha (the Buddha-to-be) placed in perfumed water with flowers. The perfumed water is scooped with a ladle and poured over the statue. This symbolises the purification of one’s unwholesome deeds with wholesome deeds.

Whilst kneeling before the altar, carefully fill the ladle and pour water over the image of the young Buddha. At each pour chant the following.
• 1 st wash: May I eliminate all evil thoughts

• 2 nd wash: May I cultivate good deeds

• 3 rd wash: May I help save all living beings


The Offering of Flowers
The offering of fresh and beautiful flowers, which soon fade away serves as a reminder of the transience of all things, including our lives. This urges us to treasure every moment of our lives while not becoming attached to it.


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