Celebrating Tzu Chi Buddha Day 2020 online
It was not possible to hold a physical Buddha Day ceremony this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the ceremony was shifted online. For the first time, Tzu Chi volunteers around the world were connected to Jing Si Abode in Hualien for a live broadcasted Buddha Bathing ceremony led by Dharma Masters in the Abode. Together, Tzu Chi volunteers commemorated the birth of Buddha and expressed their gratitude to Buddha, their parents and all living beings. Despite being physically absent from each other, everybody still had a heartwarming Buddha Day on 10 May 2020 as people are closely connected in the hearts.
The beating of the large bell for the Incense Praise at Hualien's Jing Si Abode has awakened the respect for Buddha within Tzu Chi volunteers from all over the world. The ongoing pandemic has not prevented Tzu Chi volunteers from grasping the opportunity to feel the grace of the celebration online and express their gratitude for Buddha, parents and all sentient beings.
Tzu Chi Singapore CEO, Low Swee Seh
We can’t come together to celebrate the Buddha Day this time, but we are meeting each other online. My sincere prayer goes to everyone and I wish to appeal to all to repent together and adopt a vegetarian diet.
The network cables have connected all the volunteers for an online Buddha Bathing ceremony. There are also volunteers from Malaysia and Hong Kong who are joining the prayer.
Tzu Chi Hong Kong volunteer, Mun Kong
There were more than 100 of us paying respect to Buddha on the same screen, I was deeply moved when we chanted “Alarming catastrophes necessitate the cultivation of great compassion”. We need to go meatless to practice compassion; we need to promote vegetarianism more actively.
The strength of sincere prayers amid a pandemic has deeply moved Leong Sheau Zhin, a frontline nurse.
Former Tzu Chi Youth, Leong Sheau Zhin
I am now working in an isolation ward. I was quite anxious at the beginning, but I have adjusted myself during the process. I believe that the sincere prayer from everyone is powerful enough to bring positive effect to the whole situation.
The Buddha Bathing altar in every household
The temple is everywhere when you have Buddha in your heart
A pure and sincere heart is the key to celebrate the 3-in-1 Buddha Day. Tzu Chi volunteers from all over the world are connected in hearts, just like an invisible bunch of dumplings secured by several knots with the end of the knot being Tzu Chi’s School of Buddhism and Jing Si Dharma Lineage.
Tzu Chi volunteer, Teo Geok Yong
No matter what situation we are in, we must still pray piously for the wellbeing of all living beings on Buddha Day.
Tzu Chi volunteer, Tan Chu Yong
With the guidance from the Triple Gems to lead us to the right path, we are all immersed in piety and gratitude. May this pandemic be over soon.
Tzu Chi Singapore deputy CEO, Khoo Kean Yee
We need to settle down our mind and reflect on our attitude towards the whole concept, and we need to be more diligent in cultivation.