After the Buddha’s birthday celebration ended, all attendees came to the Ten-Thousand-People Square in the Holy Mountain Buddha Land to receive the energy blessing from compassionate Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi. Some visitors happily shared their thoughts about joining the celebration and the meditations.
On the day of Buddha’s birthday celebration, the Completion Ceremony of Holy Mountain Arch was held in the Holy Mountain Buddha Land. Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi cut the ribbon and led all attendees to walk on the “Road of Asceticism” after the meeting, for recalling the time when the Buddha practiced asceticism.
In the Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday in 2015, Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi held a grand celebration Dharma Convention at the Holy Mountain Buddha Land and gave energy blessings to the people who attended the event. Everyone experienced the sacred Bathing Buddha Ceremony with their sincere heart.
Buddha’s birthday was celebrated Monday, May 25, 2015 by both the World Peace and Health Organization and Guang Huan Mi Zong. Both organizations are owned and operated by local Chinese Buddhists. This year’s celebration was held in the main parking lot of the Five World Buddha Temple on East Main Street in Amsterdam, New York. Buddhist Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi described the significance of the celebration, which involved the ceremonial bathing of the Buddha, representative of rebirth or a new beginning. The event was attended by locals as well as Buddhists traveling from all parts of New York and China who received an energy blessing from Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi. The day was full of both religious celebration and colorful cultural performances.
Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi led his disciples, volunteers and students from the Instructor Class spare no effort to work on the projects of the Holy Mountain Arch and 1250 Stairs, creating a new image for the Holy Mountain.
Holy Master has indicated these projects can help develop local tourism, and attract more people here. The Arch and Stairs symbolize the Buddha’s disciples descending from the “Stairway to Heaven” to fulfill the Buddha’s vows and guide the destined ones to gather at the Holy Mountain Buddha Land.