Offering to Shakyamuni Buddha

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Offering to Shakyamuni Buddha

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Offering Items : Butter Oil Tealight (3 hours), Fragrant Rice (1kg), Flower

Offering Hall : KMSPKS Hall of Universal Brightness 光明山光明殿

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Who is Shakyamuni Buddha?
Shakyamuni Buddha is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in our world. With great compassion and wisdom, His life story is full of inspiring accounts of how He touched people from all walks of life.

"Buddha" means "The Awakened (or Enlightened) One". A Buddha was previously a human like us, who had reached the highest peak of spiritual cultivation through purification and mastery fo the mind. Having awakened to reality, He discovered the real nature of all things and realised True Happiness.

Life of the Buddha
More than 2500 years ago, Prince Siddhartha was born in Northern India (present-day Nepal) into the royal family of the Shakyans. The prince's father was King Shuddhodana and his mother, Queen Maya. The prince was born in Lumbini Park (modern-day Nepal) and was given the name Siddhartha which means "wish-fulfilled". Queen Maya passed away seven days after the birth of the prince and thereafter, Prince Siddhartha was cared for by his aunty, Prajapati.

Young Siddhartha spent his life in his father's palace, surrounded by all the possible luxuries of the time. He was given a good education that would prepare him to be a strong and learned king. Being an intelligent child, he excelled in all fields, whether it was academic learning, the art of warfare, sports or games.

At the age of 16, Prince Siddhartha married a beautiful girl whom he loved, Princess Yasodhara. She later born him a son and he named him Rahula.

One day, on a visit outside the palace, Prince Siddhartha saw four sights - an old man, a sick man, a corpse and an ascetic. These sights caused him to reflect on the problems of suffering and set his determination to search for its solutions. Being shocked by the suffering of all living beings, he decided to search for a way to end it.

At the age of 29 years old, Prince Siddhartha decided to renounce his household life and worldly luxuries to search for the Truth that would relieve humankind from suffering. As an ascetic, he learned and mastered meditation under two teachers. However, he found that their teachings alone could not lead him to the Truth. He also practised extreme asceticism for six years byt gave it up after he realised that it did not work either.

After receiving offerings of food and a grass seat, Siddhartha sat under a Bodhi-Tree (present-day Bodh Gaya in India) and decided not to get up until he discovered the Truth. As he meditated on the Middle Path, he became the fully Awakened One, also known as the Buddha. This means that He actualised all the full potentials of a being and achieve complete Enlightenment. With this, He realised the true nature of existence and suffering, and how suffering can be ended.

Seven weeks after His Enlightenment, the Buddha gave His first discourse in Sarnath, at the Deer Park. He taught the Truth to the five ascetics who had been His compansions in the past. These five ascetics understood the Teachings and asked for ordination. They became the first five monks of the Sanha Order. For the next 45 years, the Buddha went from place to place in India, tirelessly spreading His Teachings.

The Buddha passed away at the age of 80 at Kushinagara. His last advice to His followers was to rely upon His Teachings and Discipline, and to strive diligently to end suffering.

Why make Offering?
Making shrine offerings is an act of devotion which expresses appreciation and veneration to the Triple Gem.
The offering of light represents the illuminating brightness of wisdom, which dispels the darkness of ignorance on the path towards Enlightenment.
The offering of food represents the wish to achieve the nectar of Dharma.
The offering of flower represents the aspiration to achieve the body of the Buddha with the thirty two marks of the Buddha as well as teaching of impermanence.

What happen to Fragrant Rice after offering?
After offering, the Rice will be given to the Monastery or other charity organisation at our discretion.

For Offering Date, how do I select more than one date?
To select more than one dates:
Step 1 : Click the left mouse button on the first date
Step 2 : Press the CTRL key and hold it.
Step 3 : Click the left mouse on the next date you wish to select
Step 4 : Repeat Step 3 until you click on the last date you wish to select
Step 5 : Release the CTRL key

Dedicated By
The entry under "Dedicate By" will be reflected on the Offering list and placed near the item during offering.
Please note that the font size of the entry on the Offering list will automatically be adjusted based on the length of each entry.
(which means, the longer the entry, the smaller the font will reflect on the Offering list.)

Customer Notice
There will not be any email notice informing you that the items are being offered.

(Information may change without prior notice)