Bathing The Buddha

The History

According to historians, the tradition of bathing the Buddha dates back as far as the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280AD) in China. It is quite significant on the Buddhist calendar and many all over the world continue to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday by the custom of bathing the little Buddha with fragrant water – a symbol of inner purification. A universal message that, ‘It is simple to wash away physical dirt but it is much more difficult to cleanse one’s inner dirt of greed, anger and ignorance.’

Bathing Ceremony

For the bathing ceremony, the altar is arranged as a flower garden, representing the Garden of Lumbini – the Buddha’s birth place. In following with tradition, monks and nuns use a special ladle to pour fragrant water steeped with special herbs over the statue of the infant Buddha, afterwards the image is rinsed with purified water

Steps to Bath The Buddha

Kneel before the altar, carefully fill the ladle and pour water over the image of the young Buddha.

At each pour, chant the following –

  • 1st wash: May I eliminate all evil thoughts
  • 2nd wash: May I cultivate good deeds
  • 3rd wash: May I help save all living beings