To commemorate the birth of the Fundamental Teacher, Shakyamuni Buddha, Ocean Sky Chan Monastery will hold the Buddha Bathing Ceremony on May 21, 2017 (Sunday) at 9:00 am. The Buddha Bathing activity will continue for the whole week until May 28 (Sunday).
Buddha was born to this world 3044 years ago, on the 8th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar. From birth to nirvana, his life story transpired in eight stages and Buddha used pure Dharma water to wash away the suffering and vexations of sentient beings, in order to help them manifest their original pure nature.
The Sutra states: “By bathing the Buddha as if he was still living in this world, one can obtain limitless blessings, the amount of which cannot be quantified.” All virtues of the Buddha are perfect and pure. By offering flowers, incense, banners, and by bathing the Buddha with fragrant water, we gain limitless blessings and merits.
We urge all devotees to take this auspicious opportunity to bathe the Buddha. By outwardly bathing the Buddha, we inwardly wash away all polluted thoughts and purify our own mind; that is the true meaning of bathing the Buddha.
To celebrate Mothers’ Day, we will also chant The Sutra on the Profound Kindness of Parents, and will dedicate the blessings and merits attained to our parents and teachers, to the Three Jewels, to all sentient beings, and to our country. We will also offer the blessings and merits towards the liberation of all suffering beings in the three miserable realms.
On the same day, after the Buddha Bathing Ceremony, the Monastery will also begin the yearly tradition of summer retreat with the Medicine Buddha Gratitude Ceremony. Afterwards, starting on May 22, lasting a period of four months, the daily chanting of Medicine Buddha Sutra shall take place Mondays thru Fridays, at 7:00–8:00pm.We pray for prosperity for all the people of the world, the attainment of world peace, and the enlightenment of all sentient beings. We welcome your whole family to join in this auspicious triple-event ceremony, and share in Dharma joy.
|Time||Sequence of Ceremony|
|09:00||First Incense||Buddha Bathing Incense Praise /Lamp & Flower Offering/ Chant The Sutra on the Profound Kindness of Parents / Buddha Bathing Ceremony|
|10:30||Second Incense||Chant Medicine Buddha Sutra / Grand Meal Offering/
Dharma Talk / Offering to the Sangha
|12:30||Lunch||Mothers’ Day Thankfulness Lunch|
|14:00||Ride the Ox Home||Clean up & Restoration|