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Virtual Bathe of the Buddha

Cultivating Merits and Wisdom

Since ancient times, Buddhists all around the world celebrate the Buddha’s birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the statue of the infant Buddha – Prince Siddhartha. There is great significance in the act of pouring fragrant water three times over the shoulder of the infant Buddha as it symbolises the purification of our body, speech and mind to cultivate merits and wisdom. The universal message is that, “it is easy to wash away physical dirty, but much more difficult to cleanse one’s inner impurity of anger, greed and ignorance.” This is the true meaning of the Bathing of the Buddha ritual.

Everybody is welcome to partake in this meaningful ritual by following the steps to bathe the Buddha.

Bathing Buddha
Bathing Buddha


Step 1

Verse Of Bathing The Buddha

With Palms touching, please recite the verses


Namo Sakyamuni Buddha.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddha.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddha.

I Now Sincerely Bathe All The Tathagatas,
As Pure Wisdom Adorns The Ocean Of Merits.
May Sentient Beings Distance Themselves From Defilements,
And Realize The Pure Dharma Body Of The Tathagatas.

Continue to Step 2

Step 2

Bathing the Buddha and Vow-Making

Use the ladle and pour water three times over the shoulder of the statue of the infant Buddha


I vow to stop doing evil deeds, do good deeds.
I vow to cultivate good deeds, speak good words.
I vow to liberate all sentient beings, think good thoughts.

Continue to Step 3

Step 3

Merit Transference

With Palms touching, please recite the verses


May Kindness, Compassion, Joy And Equanimity Pervade All Dharma Realms.
May All Beings From Heaven And Earth Benefit From Our Blessings And Friendship.
May Our Ethical Practice Of Chan And Pure Land Help Us Realize Equality And Patience.
May We Undertake The Greatest Vow With Humility And Gratitude.

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