At Taipei's new part over 10,000 buddhists converged April 8 to celebrate the 2505th birthday anniversary of Buddha, founder of one of the oldest and most widely practised religions.
LS Decorated vehicle heading procession.
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MLS Buddhist monks in procession.
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LS Buddha image on paper elephant (2 shots).
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LS Buddha on lotus - on arch.
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MS Buddha image being taken to stand in new park.
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MCU Monk and (right) Reverend Susiddhi.
LS Monks people praying.
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Background: At Taipei's new part over 10,000 buddhists converged April 8 to celebrate the 2505th birthday anniversary of Buddha, founder of one of the oldest and most widely practised religions.
A procession of 3,000 faithfuls accompanied the image of the Buddha, seated on a papier-mache elephant, from the Ling Yun temple near the Taipei bridge to the new park where the annual birthday observance was held. Prayers and bathing the Buddha in incense water climaxed the annual celebration.
This year's event was highlighted by the presence of an American monk, the Reverend Susiddhi, and a representative of the American Embassy. Reverend Susiddhi (pronounced sue-sid-dhi) is now in Formosa studying buddhism.
Buddhism originated in India during 500 B.C. Later it spread to south east asian countries and to China and Japan. Buddhism flourished in China during the Tang Dynasty and is now the country's most widely professed religion. Buddhism is not usually concerned with the existence or non existence of God, but only on right action based on the concept that desire is the root of all misery and that absence of rebirth into this world is the highest a man could aspire for. It is now having a revival both in India, its birth place, and in many western countries especially the United States.