Bathing the Buddha Online
Procedure for Bathing the Buddha
Make three prostrations before the Buddha statue (if you have a shrine at home), or three half-bows.
Press your palms together and sincerely chant the holy name of “Namo Fundamental Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha” three times.
Respectfully recite the Verse for Bathing the Buddha:
With three ladles of water, make three vows as you pour the water over the baby Buddha’s body.
First ladle: I vow to eliminate all unwholesome deeds.
Second ladle: I vow to cultivate all wholesome deeds.
Third ladle: I vow to guide all sentient beings.
Verse of Transference
Make three prostrations to the Buddha, or three half-bows.
The Meaning of Bathing the Buddha
The eighth day of the fourth month on the lunar calendar is the day we commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that when the Buddha was born in India, nine celestial dragons rained fragrant water from the sky to bathe the Prince Siddhartha.
The Sutra states that if people, with pure intentions, offer incense, flowers, necklaces of precious stones, banners, canopies, and robes before the Buddha statue, and use the most superior fragrant water to bathe the Buddha, light incense and visualize the incense permeating the Dharma Realm, make offerings of food, drum music and singing with stringed instruments in praise of the Buddha, and dedicate these merits to attaining the perfect wisdom of a Buddha, then these people will receive boundless blessings and virtues, and their wisdom will continuously increase.
By bathing the Buddha with fragrant water, we will bring forth our wisdom and compassion, and purify our Three Karma: our body, mouth and mind. At the sight of the pure and innocent baby Buddha, our mind will immediately return to its most genuine, original state. We hope to realize where we came from before we came into this world, and restore our pure and undefiled Buddha nature.詳細資訊 More…