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Nepalese Om Bahokluzkumar, who came to the ceremony with colleagues, folded his palms and prayed reverently for the affected ones in his home country. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

On May 10, 2015, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor held a joint celebration of Buddha’s Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day. This year, 86 Nepalese workers had attended the ceremony. Through the Buddha Bathing Ceremony, they felt the great compassion of the Buddha, and offered their blessings to their affected countrymen.

Some 4,800 people came for the Buddha Bathing Ceremony held at Melaka International Trade Centre. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake on April 25, 2015. Every attendee who participated in the Buddha Bathing Ceremony this year had sincerely hoped that their earnest prayers would bring more blessings to Nepal.

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Klang jointly organized the celebration of Buddha’s Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi’s Day at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, for a crowd of 12,000 people. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

At the break of dawn, image of “The Awakened One” (Buddha) sprinkling Dharma water over mankind from a bowl held in one hand, and gently touching the Earth with the other, could be seen at the Buddha bathing platform. The water signifies wisdom, while the touch signifies compassion, both symbolizing His great love towards nature and all beings.

Volunteers guided Peng Ming Hua in offering his sincere prayer. [Photograph by Cheong Siew Wai]

May is the month to celebrate Buddha’s Day. To enable care recipients staying on the outskirts to have the grace of Buddha blessing, and be lifted from their pain, Tzu Chi volunteers brought the crystal Buddha image to their homes. Three simple, yet solemn Buddha Bathing Ceremonies were held, and the care recipients even donated for the quake victims in Nepal.

On Wesak Day, May 3 this year, 280 volunteers participated in a prostrating pilgrimage, paying their utmost respect to the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

On Wesak Day, volunteers had participated in a prostrating pilgrimage to pay homage to the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. Lim Geok Choe has been with Tzu Chi for more than 20 years with an unwavering commitment. Wong Siew Yoke found peace and wisdom with the Buddha’s teachings and vowed to spread the right teachings. Chin Yoon Heong aspired to take on the Master’s mission as her own and to tread the Bodhisattva Path with more diligence.

Despite the scorching heat, volunteers went house-to-house to invite the public to join theBuddha Bathing Ceremony. [Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung]

Volunteers from Tzu Chi Kuching have been actively inviting members of the public, Buddhist group and schools to participate in the 2015 Buddha Bathing Ceremony, to be held at Stadium Perpaduan Negeri. Some volunteers shared with the public at a parade, some spoke to parents who were waiting for their children at schools, and some conducted house-to-house visits.

May 11 marked a historical milestone of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch. Apart from the 2014 Mass Buddha Bathing Ceremony, it was also the open day of KL Jing-Si Hall. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

May 11 marked a historical milestone of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch. Apart from the 2014 Mass Buddha Bathing Ceremony, it was also the open day of KL Jing-Si Hall, which is near completion after four years of construction work. More than 20,000 volunteers and members of the public were attracted to the 12-hour long event, and the volunteers prayed sincere piously under the lead of 28 Dharma masters from three main schools of Buddhism.

It is hoped that all present have learnt about the compassion, kindness, joy and giving of the Buddha; and will constantly be reminded to purify own mind. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

On May 11, 2014, Melaka Tzu Chi volunteers held a grand Buddha Bathing Ceremony to celebrate a joint Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day at Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC). Some 3,264 attendees formed two lotus flowers – symbols of purity – at this event.

Volunteers busy rolling the steamed buns and putting them in trays for steaming. [Photograph by Lai Sui Chin]

Spiritual cultivation of the Dharma can be in many forms, not just praying and chanting in the temples. Master Cheng Yen always reminds her disciples to put Buddhism into action and spiritual cultivation into practice, be it planting vegetables or making soaps in the Jing-Si Abode in Hualien. Volunteers from KL & Selangor Branch also followed the Master’s advice by fulfilling their spiritual practice through mindfully making “bao” (vegetarian steamed buns) from May 4 to May 9, 2014 for the coming Buddha Bathing ceremony.

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