Prostrating pilgrimage is a show of faith in its highest form with a pious heart. In conjunction with the 49th Anniversary of Tzu Chi Foundation, some 850 volunteers and public members humbled themselves through bowing and kneeling to pray for a world free from sufferings.
For eleven days from April 27, the aroma of buns emanating from the kitchen would fill the atmosphere at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Every day, 30 people, comprising volunteers and public members would put aside their daily work to produce buns for the Buddha Bathing Ceremony so as to create good affinity with attendees. A total of 12,000 plain buns and 5,000 vegetarian stuffed-buns were produced.
A total of 139 students from Tzu Chi’s kindergartens in Kuala Lumpur (Pandan Indah and Kepong) and 304 family members attended the 2015 Tzu Chi’s 3-in-1 celebration of Buddha’s Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi’s Day at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.