I had a gorgeous and meaningful Vesak this year; helping out in Amitabha Buddhist Centre's 3-day celebrations, as well as joining in the celebrations over at Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling in the evening of Vesak. And on top of all these, I also had to work during the weekend.
I am so happy to have met some new friends who are my blog readers and who came to say hi to me, as well as other friends. So here's a big thank you to Mel, SK, Anne & hubby, Jean, Thomas, Ivan, Tetty, among others.
Here's a round up of my Vesak this year, in pictures.
|Organised by Amitabha Buddhist Centre, beautiful tentage set up at the field next to Aljunied MRT, with beautiful 1000 offerings.|
|Offerings of light, flowers, rice, and donations|
|Resplendant 21 Taras|
|The giant smiling Maitreya Buddha, the Future Buddha, says 'welcome'|
|Khenrinpoche Geshe Chonyi and the monks of Kopan Monastery|
|Bathing Prince Siddhartha|
|Little kindergarten kids came to visit as well as to perform|
|Abbot of Kopan Monastery, Khenrinpoche Geshe Chonyi, giving blessings to the public|
|New addition this year, the magnificent White Dzambhala, the Buddha of Wealth who is riding on a dragon, which coincides with the year of the Dragon|
|Khenrinpoche & Sangha blessing the holy statues and objects|
|The Tashi Delek shop was packed !|
|Khenrinpoche sharing a relaxed moment with volunteers, going around giving sweets to each volunteer, catch and 'hope'!|
|The precious consecrated White Dzambhala wealth vases which were a hit|
|Another new item this year, a chant device featuring Lama Zopa Rinpoche chanting 6 mantras and Namgyalma mantra card/amulets|
|BIG Thank You to all the volunteers and their hard work for 3 days!|
|My favourite little chubby and adorable boy who was also a volunteer!|
|Guess what? Venerable Thubten Chodron is also in town and I managed to receive her blessings. Ven. Chodron was the resident teacher in Amitabha Buddhist Centre some 20 years ago|
|On the evening of Vesak, grand celebrations over at Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling. Geshe-la & Sangha offering bath to Prince Siddhartha|
|Sangha of Gaden Shartse Monastery and devotees offered lights before circumabulating the temple.|
|Beautiful light offerings|
|Beautiful bouquets of flower and light offerings|
|Devotee bathing Prince Siddhartha|
|The very cute and good looking Prince Siddhartha|
|Receiving blessings from Geshe-la after the Shakyamuni & 16 Arhats puja|
|Mountains of offerings to Lord Shakyamuni Buddha|
|Thank you to Mrs Goh who joined us for the celebrations|
Below is a video clip from Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling of our cosy evening on Vesak. I hope all Buddhists had a memorable Vesak 2012. May the supreme bodhicitta that has not arisen arise and grow, and may that which has arisen not diminish, but increase more and more.