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Float Procession on Wesak Day

Story by Miyun / Photos by H.S. Seow

About 120 people from Than Hsiang Temple including members from the Youth Section and the Sunday Dharma School and devotees participated in the Wesak Day Float Procession organised by the Penang Wesak Celebration Committee on 5th May 2012.

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Dinner to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Venerable Wei Wu’s Renunciation

Story by Miyun / Photos by Goh Kooi Teong & Gary Chen

Venerable Wei Wu alias Shao Kai, abbot of Than Hsiang Temple whose secular name is Neoh Kah Thong of Fujian (Hokkien) ancestry, was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1949. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1992 by Venerable Siew Ching, abbot of Buddha Light Vihara, Penang Hill.

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Bathing the Buddha Ceremony for Than Hsiang Kindergarten and Wan Ching Yuen

Story by Miyun / Photos by H.S. Seow

On 27 April 2012, Than Hsiang Temple organized Bathing the Buddha Ceremony for kindergarten and Wan Ching Yuen. At 9 a.m. in the morning, more than 100 kindergarten children and teachers attended the Bathing the Buddha Ceremony at the Great Compassion Hall. Venerable Wu Guo led them in chanting and delivered a talk afterwards. In her talk, Venerable Wu Guo explained the origin of Wesak and the significance of Bathing the Buddha to the children and the teachers.

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Preparation for 2012 Wesak Celebration

Story by Miyun / Photos by H.S. Seow and Miyun

Wesak, now a.k.a. Buddha Day is traditionally celebrated by Buddhists in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and South East Asian countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, and Indonesia. Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment , and passing away of Gautama Buddha. Here in Malaysia there are many activities organized by temples including Buddha statue bathing ceremonies and float processions during Wesak celebration.

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Ceremony for Imparting the Ten Good Deeds

Chinese report by Tan Chai Kheng / Photos by Eng Meng Keong / English Translation by Miyun

Than Hsiang Kindergarten held a simple ceremony for imparting the Ten Good Deeds to parents, teachers, children of Before and After School Care and 6-year-old children of Than Hsiang Kindergarten at 9am on 27 March 2012.

The ceremony was held in two stages. First, Venerable Zhen Ti imparted the Ten Good Deeds to teachers, parents and Ai Xin Ma Ma. Then, witnessed by Venerable Zhen Ti, Fu Yek Ming, headmistress of Than Hsiang Kindergarten imparted the Ten Good Deeds to the children.

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