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Sunday, 14 May 2017 00:00

Celebrate Buddha’s Day, Mother’s Day and Global Tzu Chi’s Day with Gratitude

Written by  Tzu Chi Documenting Team, Klang / Translated by Ong Mooi Lin

A totem of Tzu Chi logo, Chinese characters of “Great Love”, the letters “TC”, and the number “51” was formed by 2,500 people, symbolizing Tzu Chi’s Great Love for more than half a century. [Photograph by Lim Siow Keat]

Morning rays penetrated through the clouds, shining upon the devotees, who were waiting for the commencement of the Buddha bathing ceremony. The blossoming flowers, moistened by the morning dews, emanated a pleasant fragrance, while the Lucite Buddha statues on the platform illuminated a soft glow, permeating the venue with Dharma incense. After a six years’ gap, Tzu Chi Klang organized the Buddha bathing ceremony in Klang once again, with the vow of carrying the Dharma lineage and reinforcing Great Love.


Over 5,000 public members gathered at the outdoor carpark of GM Klang Wholesale City on May 14, 2017, for the solemn Buddha bathing ceremony, commemorating the Buddha with gratitude for his profound teachings. Two thousand and five hundred people among them, formed the totem design of a Tzu Chi logo, Chinese characters of “Great Love”, the letters “TC” and the number “51”, representing the 51st Anniversary of Tzu Chi Foundation; while the rest participated in the three sessions of Buddha bathing ceremony held at different time slots. Everyone prayed piously and immersed themselves in Dharma joy.

Twenty Dharma Masters from the Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana schools of Buddhism attended the event and led the public in the Buddhist ritual. The presence of the honourable guests and media members in the 3-in-1 celebration of Buddha’s Day, Mother’s Day and Global Tzu Chi’s Day added much merriment to the special day.

Evoking compassion in all

The Buddha bathing platform set up in a line, with a round table in the middle for the Dharma Masters, was simple yet solemn. Pious and compassionate hearts gathered to pray for a peaceful and disaster-free world, and for the mind to be as pure as the Lucite.

With the song, “Incense Praise” playing in the background, and the participants folding their palms in silence, volunteers of the offering team walked slowly towards the Buddha bathing platform and made offerings of candles and bowls of water with a 90-degree bow. Led by the Dharma Masters, the solemn ceremony then commenced.

Venerable Palden Nyima from Kunzang Chokhor Ling informed that it was his first in many years attending a Buddha bathing ceremony at another Buddhist association. The awe-inspiring ceremony left a deep impression on him.

Venerable Palden Nyima said, “I am glad to see many participants today, and the involvement of many youngsters in learning and acknowledging Buddhism. I wish they will acquire more Buddha-dharma, learn the Buddha’s wisdom and deepen their understanding of the Buddha’s teachings to benefit humanity and society.”

At the conclusion of the orderly totem formation, Venerable Palden Nyima shared that we should not underestimate the power of the younger generation, as they will be the peace promoters in the future.

For Venerable Ti Zheng, who has been preaching the Dharma in Malaysia for several years, it was a special occasion indeed for she had missed the previous Tzu Chi’s Buddha bathing ceremonies due to her schedules. Her wish was finally fulfilled this year. With a joyful heart, she arrived early at the venue and waited for the commencement of the ceremony.

Venerable Ti Zheng remarked, “We often say that we must, of course, seize the opportunity to participate in this event, which is likened to a piece of pure land on this Saha World. The whole set up is designed with simplicity and is not extravagant. The Buddha bathing platform is appropriately decorated without incurring much expenses. This is commendable.”

Master Ti Zheng from Liulishan Buddhist Society Malaysia often travels overseas to propagate the Dharma. According to her, the magnificent view and experience of thousands of people praying together, was a rare occasion. She hopes that more people will participate in the Buddha bathing ceremony in future, and that it will be extended from Klang to throughout Malaysia, and even globally to create a pure and harmonious world.

Firm and deep faith

The first challenge that the volunteers faced when they decided to organize a Buddha bathing ceremony in Klang was the venue. They failed to find a suitable venue to hold the ceremony after almost exhausting their resources. Then, volunteers in the planning team finally managed to contact Dato’ Lim Seng Kok, President of Persatuan Pemborong Malaysia, also the Founder of Gamuda GM Klang Wholesale Group and Managing Director of GM Klang. He agreed without hesitation when volunteers approached him for the favour.

Dato’ Lim shared joyfully, “I had heard about the kind deeds of Tzu Chi prior to that. So when my employee handed Tzu Chi’s application, requesting for permission to use the car park as the venue for their Buddha bathing ceremony, I approved immediately.”

Although it may cause inconvenience to the customers during the ceremony, Dato’ Lim expressed that after considering the pros and cons, they were happy to cooperate because events like the Buddha bathing ceremony could create positive vibes.

“I had heard that Tzu Chi volunteers are well-disciplined. Being here at Tzu Chi’s invitation today, I have witnessed for myself Tzu Chi’s discipline and organizational skills. I also noticed that there are many young volunteers, and safety measures are well-taken care of. We feel reassured and are happy to allow Tzu Chi’s activities to be held here.”

Attending Tzu Chi’s Buddha bathing ceremony for the first time, Dato’ Lim had not only experienced the positive vibes, but also had his wish fulfilled. He said, “It is our wish that such event can encourage more Malaysians to uphold the right views, learn to be tolerant and understanding, and to create a more peaceful and harmonious society.”

Klang City Council member, Yew Boon Lye, started to interact with Tzu Chi volunteers when they enquired about the application needed for staging the Buddha bathing ceremony. Thus, he was also invited to the ceremony. Due to his official post, he would attend Buddha bathing ceremony organized by different Buddhist associations each year. But this was his first participation at Tzu Chi’s ceremony.

He said, “The Buddha bathing ceremonies that I had attended usually involved only simple rituals, but today’s experience has left me with a very good impression of Tzu Chi volunteers’ organizational skills, as witnessed throughout the whole process.”

He also prayed piously together with the volunteers towards the end of the ceremony, and said, “I wish the prayers could bring Klang folks a better tomorrow.” He was also impressed with the charity and emergency relief missions carried out by Tzu Chi volunteers, and hoped that Tzu Chi will work together with the local council to better serve the needy in Klang.

Person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Klang, Ang Kim Seng, expressed his gratitude to Dato’ Lim for providing the venue, thereby making it possible for Tzu Chi to hold a Buddha bathing ceremony in Klang after a six-year gap. Besides inviting the local people to participate in the event so that they can learn more about Buddhism, it is also the volunteers’ mission to spread the right teachings and right views of Buddhism.
 
With one heart and one mind

The warm scenes of families with young and old attending the event together could be seen at the venue packed with people. Apart from bathing the Buddha, they also made the 3-in-1 celebration an occasion for family gathering. It is a day that everyone prays not only for themselves, their families and community, but also for a harmonious society and a pure land on Earth.

Seventy-year-old Lv Su Fa brought along his spouse, daughter and granddaughter to the ceremony. Although he has attended a Buddha bathing ceremony for a few times, he was never tired of it.

Despite his kneecap problems, which would cause him pain after kneeling down and standing for a long period, he insisted on attending the event. He said, “If there is an opportunity to participate again, I will definitely make it...” His spouse shared, “I am most delighted to attend the Buddha bathing ceremony with my family on Mother’s Day!”

Seventy-two-year-old Liang Yu Chan, who also suffers from kneecap problems, always made her knee pain an excuse to reject her children’s invitations to attend the Buddha bathing ceremony. This year, as Tzu Chi Klang was organizing the Buddha bathing ceremony in Klang again after a lapse of six years, she agreed to become a member of the totem formation team together with her children and grandchildren, so as not to disappoint them.

After the ceremony, she exclaimed joyfully, “I am very happy and touched by the ceremony today. I am grateful that my kneecap did not give me any problems. With the blessings from the Bodhisattvas, I was able to complete the whole Buddha bathing process smoothly. Being able to participate in the ceremony together with my children on this day is indeed the greatest Mother’s Day gift for me!”

Invitations from family members brought Choo Bee Suan and 26 other family members from different parts of Klang to the Buddha bathing ceremony. All of them took part in the totem formation to experience the beauty of Buddhism. She was amazed by the solemn atmosphere and the team spirit of Tzu Chi volunteers. She let go of her worries and sang the verses along with the volunteers. After completing the Buddha bathing ritual, she shared, “I could feel the power of the Dharma in protecting and empowering me. I found peace from within, and was reminded to not be bothered by afflictions caused by external conditions.”

We pray that the Buddha’s teachings will always be here to guide us, to purify our minds, bring harmony, and inspire us to benefit others with compassion and gratitude. By celebrating three occasions in one day, we pray for all to be liberated from mental afflictions and attain Buddha-nature (mind purification), filled with wisdom and blessings.

 

 

Auspicious clouds were seen in the sky when the song, “Incense Praise” was playing in the air. [Photograph by Chin Min Chang]   Twenty Dharma Masters from the Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana schools of Buddhism graced the ceremony and led the participants in performing the Buddha bathing ritual. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Auspicious clouds were seen in the sky when the song, “Incense Praise” was playing in the air. [Photograph by Chin Min Chang]
 
Twenty Dharma Masters from the Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana schools of Buddhism graced the ceremony and led the participants in performing the Buddha bathing ritual. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
Facing the Lucite Buddha statutes, members of the totem formation team prayed piously with their palms together. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]   Public members and volunteers prayed piously, wishing for mind purification, peaceful society and a disaster-free world. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Facing the Lucite Buddha statutes, members of the totem formation team prayed piously with their palms together. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
 
Public members and volunteers prayed piously, wishing for mind purification, peaceful society and a disaster-free world. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
President of Persatuan Pemborong Malaysia, Dato’ Lim Seng Kok (1st right), who generously allowed the volunteers to use the premises for the Buddha bathing event, participated in his first Tzu Chi’s Buddha bathing ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]   Venerable Palden Nyima was delighted to see many young participants at the Buddha bathing ceremony. He wished that they would learn and gain a deeper understanding of the Dharma, and benefit others and society. [Photograph by Chin Min Chang]

President of Persatuan Pemborong Malaysia, Dato’ Lim Seng Kok (1st right), who generously allowed the volunteers to use the premises for the Buddha bathing event, participated in his first Tzu Chi’s Buddha bathing ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]
 
 
Venerable Palden Nyima was delighted to see many young participants at the Buddha bathing ceremony. He wished that they would learn and gain a deeper understanding of the Dharma, and benefit others and society. [Photograph by Chin Min Chang]
 
Venerable Ti Zheng, who participated in Tzu Chi’s Buddha bathing ceremony for the first time, praised the volunteers for organizing the Buddha bathing ceremony with appropriate simplicity. [Photograph by Chin Min Chang]   Seventy-year-old Lv Su Fa (front row, centre), brought along his spouse, daughter and granddaughter to the ceremony. They were all filled with Dharma joy. [Photograph by Chan Hin Yee]

Venerable Ti Zheng, who participated in Tzu Chi’s Buddha bathing ceremony for the first time, praised the volunteers for organizing the Buddha bathing ceremony with appropriate simplicity. [Photograph by Chin Min Chang]
 
 
Seventy-year-old Lv Su Fa (front row, centre), brought along his spouse, daughter and granddaughter to the ceremony. They were all filled with Dharma joy. [Photograph by Chan Hin Yee]
 
Choo Bee Suan and 26 other family members attended the Buddha bathing ceremony and found spiritual refuge. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]  

Choo Bee Suan and 26 other family members attended the Buddha bathing ceremony and found spiritual refuge. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]