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Special Mother’s Day celebration at Buddhist monastery

Spiritual cleansing is part of the ritual

KENT – Mother’s Day was celebrated in special fashion at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent Cliffs Sunday when hundreds of people attended the annual garden party and Bathing Buddha celebration.

Abbott Venerable Hui Chong called on those in attendance to become compassionate. “We must make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. It is the path of enlightenment that leads to the creation of a just economy and peaceful global community.”

The President of the Buddhist Association of the United States, Bhikkhu Bodhi, also talked about Mother’s Day. “Mothers nourish and nurture our children. Like the Buddha they are very important to us and we praise them on their day.”

The Abbott explained the meaning of the Buddha bathing. “We wash away and eradicate the defilements and impurities of our body and mind. At the same time, we pray for mothers around the world.”

The day was highlighted by prayer and chants along with beautiful flowers presented to the mothers in attendance.

 


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