Gratitude the highlight of celebration

A ceremony to touch scented water symbolises touching Buddha’s feet, to thank Buddha for his teachings.

Gratitude was the order of the day at Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia’s Wesak Day celebration, which coincided with Mothers Day and Tzu Chi Day.

Close to 10,000 people converged on the foundation’s premises in Jalan Kepong, Kuala Lumpur to pay tribute to Buddha for bringing upon the world spiritual wisdom.

Devotees were also taught to be thankful to their mothers, and to feel the bond that had often been overlooked amid urban mad rushes by giving their mother a foot bath.

The celebration started at the break of dawn when 3,242 volunteers from across the Klang Valley marched to form the message of this year’s celebration emphasising that every human being had the ability to make the world a better place.

Tan giving his mother a foot bath during the celebration.

Tan giving his mother a foot bath during the celebration.

A total of 1,700 mothers and children took part in the foot bath, among them Berjaya Corporation Bhd founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan.

“This is the first time I am giving my mother a foot bath. It is in line with the teachings of Lord Buddha. Mother is like a living Buddha to me,” Tan said.

Devotees were also guided to handwrite the Sutra of Filial Piety to learn to be grateful for their parents’ labour.

“Devotees should return to the teachings of Buddha, in advocating compassion, purifying one’s mind and working hard towards enlightenment, which are especially important in modern society.

“The world has been facing drastic changes in past years.

“There are a lot of havoc in our society because the human mind is not at a balance, therefore keeping to a pure mind is of utmost importance,” said Venerable Ming Ji who officially opened the event.

Another highlight of the celebration was when devotees took part in a ceremony to touch scented water to symbolise touching the Buddha’s feet.

Thousands of Bamboo Bank, which encouraged one to spare a thought for charity every day by giving a small donation, were brought back to the organisation.

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