MINGYUE LAY TEMPLE | Buddha's birthday celebrated twice

Buddha's birthday was celebrated at two ceremonies these last weeks, at FreedomPlaza at Cabramatta and at the MingyueLay Buddhist temple at Bonnyrigg.

"Keep blessing the people, keep purifying the mind" was the theme and message at both events.

Each year in May, Buddhist temples celebrate the Vesak festival, the traditional religious event marking the Buddha's birthday with a Bathing the Buddha ceremony.

By bathing the Buddha, well-wishers strive to achieve purification of the body and the mind as well as minimising worries and reducing stress.

The Mingyue Lay Temple and the PrajnaMonastery have worked together to run the Bathing the Buddha celebration at Cabramatta for the last 12 years.

It's always been welcomed and enjoyed by Buddhist devotees and the wider community.

At Freedom Plaza on May 4, Fairfield mayor FrankCarbone, MPs including Fowler federal MP ChrisHayes, Werriwa federal MP AnneStanley, Cabramatta state MP NickLalich and Fairfield state MP GuyZangari, as well as Cabramatta police's duty officer Inspector MarkChristi and other community leaders attended and supported the ceremony.

Master monks lead the blessing prayer in Chinese and Vietnamese.

All that day and for the next two days, residents and visitors from other areas continued to crowd the plaza and line up to bathe the Buddha for good luck.

The Cabramatta central business district was filled with spiritual wishes and happiness.

To continue the celebrations, Mingyue Lay Temple invited the VIP guests to join the Bathing the Buddha ceremony at the temple on May 11.

Guests helped to dot the eyes and ears of the three new lions.

Mingyue Lay Temple and Prajna Monastery wish to continue these efforts to organise what is recognised as a meaningful event and to contribute their efforts for the wellbeing and blessing of the whole community.