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2018 Buddha's Birthday & Multicultural Festival

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Darling Harbour

Sydney, NSW 2000

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2018 BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY AND MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL AT DARLING HARBOUR
Saturday 12th May – Sunday 13th May 2018

2018 Buddha ‘s Birthday Multicultural Festival is being held in Darling Harbour during the Mother’s day weekend on the 12 May and 13 May. This huge event is organised by Fo Guang Shan (FGS) ‘s Nan Tien Temple and its various branches in Sydney together with the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Sydney.

Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural festival is a celebration to remind us of the Buddha’s message of peace and harmony.

We continue to showcase the diversity of Australian’s multiculral society through culrural customs, performances and vegetarians foods.

It is a festival for everyone, regardless of age, religion or cultural background. For the past 26 years we have been celebrating Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival in the public space. Sydney will be celebrating its 26th anniversary of Buddha’s Birthday and Multiculral Festival at Darling Harbour this year.

We would like to thank the greater public interest and the support of our members, volunteers, devotees and also the Darling Harbour Authority the Buddha’s Birthday Multicultural festival for its 27th year Buddha ‘s Birthday Celebration.

Additionally, we welcome you to join these activities:
-Bathing of the Buddha and Purification of Our Minds Ceremony Official
-Opening Ceremony & Blessing for World Peace
-Alms Round Processions
-Mother’s Day Blessing Ceremony
-Baby Blessing Ceremony
-Morning Meditation & Tai Chi Outdoor
-Tea Meditation
-Master Hsing Yun’s One Stroke Calligraphy
-“Buddha & I:Buddha’s Story. My Story” Exhibition
-Be Kind Be Vego
-Dharma Talks Buddhist books,arts and gifts
-Art and craft workshops for adults and children
-Multicultural Vegetarian Food Stalls
-Multicultural Performance (i.e: Lion Dance, Dun Huang Dance, 24 Season Drumming and etc)

For more details: http://www.nantien.org.au/en/events/buddhas-birthday-festival

Interstate celebrations details at: http://bliabuddhabirthday.com.a







THE ORIGIN OF BUDDHA’S DAY & THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BATHING OF THE BUDDHA

Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on April 8th, 623 B.C.E. in accent northern India (now in Nepal) as Prince Siddhartha. Auspicious signs surrounded the Prince’s birth, who with one hand pointed towards the sky and the other towards earth proclaimed: “In heaven and on earth, I am the Supreme One.” Meaning his last birth in the human world was for the purpose of becoming the Buddha, the Awakened One, to be the saviour of all sentient beings.


As a youth, he enjoyed a sheltered and carefree life, until the day he ventured outside the palace. Beyond the palace walls, he found human misery, suffering and unhappiness. Troubled by the encounters, he renounced his family and palace at the age of twenty-nine in search of “the Truth”. After six years of self-cultivation, he attained enlightenments. For the remainder of his life, he travelled extensively around northern India spreading his teachings.


When we come together to celebrate the “Buddha’s Day”, we are celebrating the timeless and universality of Buddha’s teachings. Teachings that foster compassion and joyfulness, encourage freedom of thought and recognise the dignity and potential of the human mind, which are as relevant today as they were 2,500 years ago.
One of the world’s greatest scientists, Albert Einstein declared that “if there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism”. A former Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Robert J. L. Hawke, in his book “Simply Living” stated that, “I was never on the point of embracing Buddhism but I found, and still find, it infinitely more satisfying than Judaeo-Christian philosophy”.

As we bathe the statue of Prince Siddhartha with this scoop of holy water in our hands, we shall pray sincerely to be rid of the defilements of greed, hatred and ignorance, so that our body, speech and mind may remain pure. Furthermore, we shall wish for a peaceful and harmonious society that is free from violence, dishonesty or evil. With the merit gained from bathing of the Buddha, may we rid our minds of defilements, and at the same time cleanse and beautify our society and country, transform this land of suffering into one of bliss, and guide the stray and evil minds onto the path of virtue. This is the true meaning of “Bathing of the Buddha”.


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