Friday, May 24, 2013

Wesak 2013

MBMC has organized a few programs at Wesak Day. Beside a meaningful and mindful Wesak Day's retreat, we have Pūjā at the Bodhi tree, Dhamma school students' chanting competition, lunch dāna to Sangha and yogis and blood donation.

Offering of Flowers

  • The offered flowers are fresh, fragrance and beauty which are impermanent.
  • Fresh and beautiful flowers will soon become withered, scentless and discoloured.
  • This reminds Buddhist of the Buddha's teaching that the impermanence of things.

Flowers are prepared for student to offer to Buddha and Sangha

Flowers are prepared by devotee to offer to Buddha

Offering of Incense
  • When incense is lit, its fragrance spreads.
  • Incense symbolizes the fragrance of pure moral conduct.
  • This reminds Buddhist to cultivate good conduct.

At the early morning, a Buddhist purposely drop by to offer incense.

Students are ready themselves for Wesak Pūjā and waiting at the Bodhi tree

Around 8.30am, Sanghas are heading to Bodhi tree for Wesak Pūjā

Offering of Light (Candle)
  • Light symbolizes wisdom.
  • Light drives away darkness.
  • Similarly, the light of wisdom free us from the darkness of illusion

The ceremony of lotus candle lighting to offer to the Buddha

Seven student representatives offer flowers to Sanghas

MBMC committee representative offers rice milk to the Buddha

MBMC committee representative offers flower to the Buddha

After Buddha Pūjā ceremony, Sayadaw leads us to chant "Reflection on the Attributes of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha" and round the Bodhi tree and the old temple. After that, students offer the flowers and water the Bodhi tree to end the program. 

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!