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Kindergarten Children and Parents Purify Hearts through Buddha Bathing

Written by  Lai Shao Bin & Jacqueline Khoo, KL & Selangor / Translated by Chong Pei Fen

Students and parents of Tzu Chi’s Da Ai Kindergartens took part in the public session of Buddha Bathing Ceremony. [Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan]

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.


Considering their young age and lack of stamina, the Education Group seated the students and their families in the International Conference Hall. There, they experienced the dignified Buddha Bathing Ceremony through live video telecast.

After the grand ceremony, 25 teachers and volunteers brought the children and families to the waiting zone. The children were then led to the plaza in front of the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall and were positioned accordingly before their families joined them.

Praying for peace and bliss

Pan Hui Hui and her five-year-old son, Ye Ren Hao, had never joined a Buddha Bathing Ceremony in a large group. She was deeply impressed by the imposing atmosphere when hundreds of them lined up orderly before the Buddha bathing platform; and was especially moved the moment they pressed their palms together and raised their hands up high in a prayer. She felt like she was conversing with the Buddha, praying to Him to bless everyone with peace and bliss.

Hui Hui remarked that while performing the Buddha bathing ritual, we can evoke the loving-kindness in us and at the same time, pray for blessings for those who are suffering, like the quake victims in Nepal.

Hui Hui once took about two hours to reach her home in Petaling Jaya from the Da Ai Kindergarten in Kepong. Despite the distance and occasional heavy traffic, she has insisted on sending her son to the Kindergarten because of its good environment, which allows her son to learn life and moral principles.

Another parent, Guo Ren Mei, also has to overcome the distance issue to send her four-year-old twin children, Huang Jun Jie and Huang Jun Hong, from Seputeh to the Da Ai Kindergarten in Kepong. She is convinced that her cousin, who is a teacher, has the insight to give her the right recommendation. She is gratified to see the improvements in her sons thanks to the Kindergarten’s character education. She revealed that the twin boys, who used to be the “little emperors” at home, are now able to take care of their daily life.

Before this, she has only read about Tzu Chi’s Buddha Bathing Ceremony in the newspapers. This year, at the teacher’s invitation, she and her family finally made it to the event. She was impressed by the well-ordered and spectacular formations and ceremony, which involved thousands of people.

Raising funds for Nepal quake victims

A week before the event, the Kindergarten teachers started to coach the children to make bookmarks for charity sale. Some students wrote their well-wishes on the bookmarks while some sewed the bookmarks. Some mothers were also there to help the children with things they could not complete by themselves, such as, putting thread through a needle and tying strings. Ma Ci Yan, mother of six-year-old Jiang Zi Fan, was not new to Tzu Chi’s Buddha Bathing Ceremony as her daughter is in her third year at the Kindergarten. They were both delighted to be able to contribute what they could for the quake victims.

After performing the Buddha bathing ritual, the students started their charity sale for the Nepal earthquake victims at the foyer of the Gratitude Hall. With their tender voice, they called out to the passers-by to send their love and warmth to the quake victims. Ci Yan and Zi Fan held a poster and appealed to the passers-by to support the good cause. Within half an hour, all 26 bookmarks were sold.

Expressing gratitude to parents

On this special occasion, the Education Group also organized some activities to promote filial piety. Four-year-old Feng Shan Wei offered her mother, Chen Bi Yun, a foot-bath. Bi Yun had initially resisted that, but after watching a sketch showing the process of growth from birth, to being parents and eventually old age, she was moved and relented. She was reminded of her mother and with teary eyes, she shared her intention to give her parents a foot-bath when they visit the Jing Si Hall that afternoon.

Bi Yun, who participated in Tzu Chi’s Buddha Bathing Ceremony for the first time, said that it helps to wash away the impurities and ignorance in one’s heart. She also shared that her daughter, who was enrolled at the Kindergarten four months ago, has shown some improvements in her demeanour. She disclosed, “She is more obedient and reasonable now.”

Bi Yun is confident with Tzu Chi’s educational philosophies. She hopes that her daughter can learn the proper ways of dealing with people and issues at the Kindergarten that is full of love and kindness. She and her husband are both grateful to witness the positive transformations in their lovely daughter.

 

A total of 139 students from Tzu Chi’s Da Ai kindergartens in Kuala Lumpur attended the Buddha Bathing Ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]   Volunteer mindfully taught the children the steps in performing the Buddha bathing ritual. [Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan]

A total of 139 students from Tzu Chi’s Da Ai kindergartens in Kuala Lumpur attended the Buddha Bathing Ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]
 
Volunteer mindfully taught the children the steps in performing the Buddha bathing ritual. [Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan]
 
The pure-hearted children sang the prayer song loudly and prayed piously for a world free from disasters. [Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan]   Pan Hui Hui (left), who attended the Buddha Bathing Ceremony together with her son, Ye Ren Hao (centre), was impressed by the dignified ceremony. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]

The pure-hearted children sang the prayer song loudly and prayed piously for a world free from disasters. [Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan]
 
 
Pan Hui Hui (left), who attended the Buddha Bathing Ceremony together with her son, Ye Ren Hao (centre), was impressed by the dignified ceremony. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
Four-year-old Feng Shan Wei offered her mother, Chen Bi Yun, a foot-bath. Bi Yun felt that their hearts were purified as they performed the Buddha bathing ritual. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]   A week prior to the Buddha Bathing Ceremony, teachers at the Da Ai Kindergarten coached the children to make bookmarks for charity sale to send their love to the Nepal earthquake victims. [Photograph by Xu Hui Zhong]

Four-year-old Feng Shan Wei offered her mother, Chen Bi Yun, a foot-bath. Bi Yun felt that their hearts were purified as they performed the Buddha bathing ritual. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
 
A week prior to the Buddha Bathing Ceremony, teachers at the Da Ai Kindergarten coached the children to make bookmarks for charity sale to send their love to the Nepal earthquake victims. [Photograph by Xu Hui Zhong]
 
Jiang Zi Fan (4th left) and her mother, Ma Ci Yan (3rd left), held a poster and called out to everyone to support the charity sale. All the handmade bookmarks were sold within half an hour. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]  

Jiang Zi Fan (4th left) and her mother, Ma Ci Yan (3rd left), held a poster and called out to everyone to support the charity sale. All the handmade bookmarks were sold within half an hour. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]