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.
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.
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.