Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters, Tashi Delek
Vajra Master Ngawang & an assistant Monk Rangjung
Venue : Namo Buddha Buddhist Society
The Lord Buddha first aroused the mind of perfect enlightenment, purified the two obscuration's over many uncountable aeons, completed the two accumulations, and became Holy White Tip in the Joyous Heaven. He realized that the time had come to tame beings: it was a time of strife when humans in the Rose-Apple Land had a lifespan of 100 years. He appointed Maitreya as his regent in the Joyous Heaven and entered the womb of the daughter of King Suprabuddhi in this Rose-Apple Land. At the end of ten months when the moon of the last spring month of Vaisakha was waxing, Mahamaya thought that she should wait in the parks of Koliya, and asked the King, who granted permission. She made plans to go to the grove of Lumbini, and seated on a palanquin with the four precious jewels, surrounded by many maidservants accompanied by the four divisions of King Shuddhodana’s army, they set out from Kapilavastu and arrived in Lumbini. The queen looked in all directions and saw a Nyangentsang tree that was covered in flowers. She grasped its branch with her right hand and prepared to give birth. Indra emanated in the form of an old mid-wife and waited before her. Then the Bodhisattva, without hurting his mother, sprung out of her right side--like a person opens a door, exit, and close the door behind him. After he was born, there was not even the slightest trace of a scar visible on her body.
Immediately after that, he took seven steps in each of the four directions
and said, "This is the east: first I will go to Nirvana. This is the south:
I will become the object of veneration by all wanderers. This is the west:
this is the last of my births. This is the north: I will cross the ocean of
Then King Shuddhodana said, “Since the birth of this son of mine accomplishes
all purposes, I have given this child the name Siddhartha (Accomplishes all
purposes).” He was known in that way.
In the places where the child Siddhartha took seven steps in each of the
four directions, lotus flowers grew. In connection with this, King
Shuddhodana and the others built a stupa with a mound of lotus flowers in
round shape that is said to have either four, seven or eight levels.
When we bathe the Buddha’s body, of course, our Teacher, the Lord Buddha's body does not have any stain of nu-cleanliness or filth, however, by the act of bathing the Buddha’s body, our own misdeeds and obscuration's of body, speech and mind will be purified. That is the reason why we bathe the Teacher's body. If we use the water that bathed the Buddha to wash our own bodies, we can, ourselves, receive the blessings of the Buddha. During the Wesak day, if you perform even a tiny positive virtue, you will have inconceivable benefits, and, likewise, any tiny non-virtuous misdeed could also become a great negative karma. It is very important that everyone should perform as much virtue as possible and avoid non-virtue as much as possible during Wesak day period of 15 days..
The release of life is to set beings free, for who are about to die or to be killed. The practitioners who often perform this activity will have their life-span prolonged, wisdom and compassion increased, and will never encounter accidental and untimely death. Amongst the various long life practices, the release of life is the most effective and supreme one. It is said -"OF ALL THE VIRTUOUS DEEDS, THE RELEASE OF LIVES ACCUMULATE MOST MERITS." The act of killing lives generates the most negative karma; therefore, the act of releasing lives, on the other hand, accumulates immeasurable positive merits. During the ritual of releasing lives, the motivation and aspiration of the practitioners to save lives and set free of beings manifest the ultimate level of compassion, and their prayers ensure that these beings will in the future attain Buddhahood.
During the time of the Buddha in Shravasti, there was a beggar woman named Nyenga who had nothing to offer to the Buddha. She went door to door begging for oil to make a butter lamp. Finally, she was able to offer a single lamp in the temple among hundreds of other lamps. She, then, made the heartfelt aspiration: “By this light offering, may I achieve the same wisdom as Buddha Shakyamuni, the arhats and all enlightened beings, completely dispelling the darkness of ignorance of all sentient beings.” Then she left the temple. Throughout that day, the hundreds of light offerings gradually burned out. Among all of them, hers was the only lamp still glowing towards the end of the night. At this time, Buddha entered the temple, he said: "don't try to put out his lamp light because there is no way you can do it. Even by using the water from the four oceans, and the stormy wind, you will not be able to put out this lamp light. This lamp was offered by an old beggar woman who dedicated this lamp for the enlightenment of all sentient beings, so her Bohicitta aspiration can not be interrupted. "The Buddha then make a prophecy that this beggar woman will be enlightened in the future and became a Buddha named The Lamp Light. From the story we learned that the inconceivable merit will be generated by offering lamp light and the wish will be fulfilled when we wholeheartedly pray to Buddha with pure motivation.
Wesak Month Aspiration to be a one-month Vegetarian Activity
With Namo Buddha Buddhist Society
Wesak month is a joyful and auspicious month. In this special month, if we are aspired
by releasing lives, and became a Vegetarian who protects lives, it will make Wesak
month even more meaningful.
Wesak Day Celebration Schedule 衛塞節慶祝活動表
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