Buddha's Birthday Festival

 

 

 

2018 Buddha's Birthday Multicultural Festival

 

 

 

VERSE OF BATHING THE BUDDHA

 

WO CHIN KUAN MU CHU JU LAI

We are now coming up to bath Tathagatas

 

CHING CHIH CHUANG YEN KUANG TE HAI

For the accumulating purity, wisdom, dignity, merit and virtue

 

WU CHO CHUNG SHENG LI CHEN KOU

May all sentient beings be rid of impurity

 

T'UNG CHENG JU LAI CHING FA SHEN

And all realize the pure entity of Tathagatas

 

 
 
2018 TIMETABLE

Time/Date

 

Venue

 

Location

 

12/05/2018

09:00am-10:00am

Tai Chi and Meditation 

In Front of Main Stage

10:30am-11:30am

 Lion Dance (10:10am)
Purification Ceremony (10:30am

Main Stage

11:40am-12:40pm

Multicultural Performances

Main Stage

12:00pm -12:45pm

 Buddhist Dharma Talk- Buddhism and Modern Society 

BBEP Marquee 
01:00pm-01:40pm

Lion Dance (12:40pm)

Alms Round (1:00pm)

Tumbalong Park

02:00pm -02:30pm

Multicultural Performances Main Stage

02:00pm -02:45pm

Sharing stories of Humanistic Buddhism “Turning Points-Wake up, Get up and Light up”

BBEP Marquee

03:00pm-04:40pm

Buddha’s Birthday Multicultural Festival Official Ceremony

Main Stage

13/05/2018

09:30am-10:30am

Outdoor Tea Meditation

In Front of Main Stage

10:00am - 10:45 am

Guided Meditation 

BBEP Marquee

10:45am-12:40pm

Multicultural Performances

Main Stage

02:00pm -03:00pm

Happy Vesak Day by BLIA Sydney YAD and Mother’s Day Blessing Ceremony and Baby Blessing Ceremony 

Main Stage
04:50pm-05:00pm

24 Seasons Drum and Happy Vesak Day by BLIA Sydney YAD

Main Stage
05:00pm

Completion of the Festival

 
 
THE ORIGIN OF BUDDHA’S DAY & THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BATHING OF THE BUDDHA
 
Buddha's Birthday Celebration - GardenSakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on April 8th, 623 B.C.E. in accent northern India (now in Nepal) as Prince Siddhartha. Auspicious signs surrounded the Prince’s birth, who with one hand pointed towards the sky and the other towards earth proclaimed: “In heaven and on earth, I am the Supreme One.” Meaning his last birth in the human world was for the purpose of becoming the Buddha, the Awakened One, to be the saviour of all sentient beings.
 
As a youth, he enjoyed a sheltered and carefree life, until the day he ventured outside the palace. Beyond the palace walls, he found human misery, suffering and unhappiness. Troubled by the encounters, he renounced his family and palace at the age of twenty-nine in search of “the Truth”. After six years of self-cultivation, he attained enlightenments. For the remainder of his life, he travelled extensively around northern India spreading his teachings.
 
Buddha's Birthday Celebration - OriginWhen we come together to celebrate the “Buddha’s Day”, we are celebrating the timeless and universality of Buddha’s teachings. Teachings that foster compassion and joyfulness, encourage freedom of thought and recognise the dignity and potential of the human mind, which are as relevant today as they were 2,500 years ago.
 
One of the world's greatest scientists, Albert Einstein declared that “if there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism”. A former Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Robert J. L. Hawke, in his book “Simply Living” stated that, “I was never on the point of embracing Buddhism but I found, and still find, it infinitely more satisfying than Judaeo-Christian philosophy”.
 
As we bathe the statue of Prince Siddhartha with this scoop of holy water in our hands, we shall pray sincerely to be rid of the defilements of greed, hatred and ignorance, so that our body, speech and mind may remain pure. Furthermore, we shall wish for a peaceful and harmonious society that is free from violence, dishonesty or evil. With the merit gained from bathing of the Buddha, may we rid our minds of defilements, and at the same time cleanse and beautify our society and country, transform this land of suffering into one of bliss, and guide the stray and evil minds onto the path of virtue. This is the true meaning of "Bathing of the Buddha".
 
BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL AT DARLING HARBOUR
 
Buddha's Birthday Celebration - PerformanceEvery year when Buddha’s Birthday approaches a special event is held in celebration at Darling Harbour. Organised by FGS Nan Tien Temple, its various FGS branches in Sydney and the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Sydney.
 
Thanks to greater public interest and the increasing support of members, devotees and the Darling Harbour Authority, the festival is now a two-day event.
 
The celebration includes an International Vegetarian Food Fair which unites culinary delights from China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, India, Malaysia and other nations. Visitors can also enjoy traditional and modern music, as well as dance performances from China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Vietnam, Australia and other cultures.
 
 
 
 
In addition, the two day Festival introduces guests to other religious and cultural activities such as:
  • Bathing of the Buddha and Purification of Our Minds Ceremony
  • Blessing Ceremony for World Peace
  • Wishing Bell
  • Complimentary Chinese medicine consultation
  • Buddhist books, arts and gifts
  • Art and craft workshops for adults and children
 
Buddha's Birthday Celebration - Buddha’s Bathing ritualThe highlight of the second day is the Multi-Faith Prayer for World Peace, where representatives from different regions unite to share their blessings and hopes for a brighter future.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE MERITS OF OFFERINGS
 
Flower Offering: Flowers are beautiful and fragrant, yet their splendour will not last forever thus illustrating the impermanence of all beings. May we radiate the beauty of flowers, bringing pleasantness to others in our journey to find the Truth.
 
Incense Offering: Aromatic incense purifies the atmosphere as well as the mind. Just as its fragrance travels afar, so do good deeds extend for the benefit of all. Burning incense also embodies the phenomena of transience and dissolution. May we enjoy purity of body and mind, thus able to receive the wisdom of the Dharma.
 
Light Offering: Light extinguishes darkness in the same way that wisdom dispels ignorance. May our eyes be radiant and bright with the ability to possess right views. 
 
Fruit Offering: Fruit represents the result of our spiritual cultivation and helps us be mindful of the law of cause and effect. May we be free of any misfortune on our path to Buddhahood. 
 

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