A GRAND Buddha-bathing ceremony was held by the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor) in a triple-celebration to mark Wesak Day, Tzu-Chi’s 50th anniversary and Mothers Day.
More than 15,000 people participated in this mass ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur Tzu Chi Jing Si Hall.
The meaningful ceremony kicked off with volunteers coming together to form an image containing the message “Pave a path of love around the world, walk the path of compassion life after life.”
Then the volunteers along with devotees carried out the Buddha-bathing ceremony, which was led by 80 Buddhist monks from various temples who chanted mantras.
In conjunction with Mothers Day, the day’s programme included a foot-washing session where children washed the feet of their mothers to emphasise the importance of filial piety.
Tzu-Chi Foundation said the ritual was aimed at showing the children’s appreciation of their parents’ love and hoped it would encourage more to do so.
One of the volunteers at the event, Robert Chang said the session turned rather emotional towards the end as parents and children hugged each other with teary eyes.
The foundation’s chief executive officer Echo Chein announced that the organisation was channelling funds to Nepal to rebuild schools and hospitals as well as lend support to those in great need.
She added that the money was donated by volunteers on the day of the Buddha-bathing event.
UNHCR representative Brian Gorlick, who was also present at the ceremony, said Tzu Chi Foundation had been helping refugees and it was an organisation that can be relied on during an international crisis.
“The refugee crisis is now a global issue and all manner of support are needed,” he added.
Lim Ooi Leong, who has been a volunteer with Tzu Chi Foundation for about 10 years, said the organisation had its core missions which were charity, medicine, education and humanistic cultures.
He said Tzu Chi volunteers had reached out to those suffering during a crisis, regardless of race, religion and nationality.
“We provided assistance to rural areas in remote places in Sabah and our volunteers also extended their help to refugees by providing material and medical aid besides helping refugee families assimilate into foreign cultures.”