Friday, June 28, 2013

Accidental Tourist @ Annual Vesak Day Shoot

This year is my 4th set of photographs depicting the Vesak Day celebrations - previous postings made earlier in 20122011 and 2010

I have been faithfully documenting the '3 steps 1 bow' ceremony held at Bright Hill monastery (aka Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple) as I am deeply humbled by the experience every time. 

Although I am not Buddhist, I have full admiration of the inner strength required from those who undertake to  perform this deceptively simple '3 steps 1 bow' ceremony every Vesak Day. I heard from some worshipers that the attendance for this ceremony has risen over the years and it is getting more and more difficult to get the tickets for performing this ceremony. 

For every shoot during this ceremony, I am constantly reminded that it is often not the physical strength but a case of mind, devotion and perseverance over physical body strength.

On the actual Vesak Day itself, I took an early morning trip  down to a temple I visited last year called Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple in Toa Payoh, hopped over to Thekchen Cholin Tibetan Temple at Balestier Road before ending my Vesak Day temple shoot at my favorite temple in Chinatown, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. This is also the 1st year that my Vesak Day shoot has been marked by heavy rainfall....well, there's always a first time for everything :) 

Till the next time, onto the world and beyond!!

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