Infinite Lights Lumbini 2015 : Lighting up Lumbini in the Night (Part 2)

It is really amazing to see that everyone’s mind is very focus on lighting up each lamps. Sometimes there is this strong gust of wind passing by, and many lamps are put out in a sudden. But this did not deter the volunteers to quickly light them over and over again, competing with the wind, and against time.

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In order to ensure all 10 million lamps are lighted within the month, at least 300 thousand butter lamps must be lighted each day. This challenge did not deter everyone to be creative in laying out the lamps. There are many impressive designs, which changes each day depending on everyone’s inspiration.

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Whether it is sitting down on the floor and chanting mantra at the same time, or standing up, everyone is very determined to meet the target of lighting up at least 300 thousand butter lamps each day. In fact in several occasions, the volunteers manage to light up more than 400 thousand butter lamps in a day.

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“Tadyatha Pancandriya .. Avabodhanaye Svaha..” — soft humming of the light offering mantra can be heard in many corners in Lumbini where butter lamps are being lighted. Everyone is praying, and making wishes as per the light offering prayer (Translated by Adam Pearcey, Rigpa Translations, 2010):

May this vessel become as vast as the entire billionfold universe!
May its wick grow as large as Sumeru, the king of mountains!
May the oil within become as vast as the great ocean at the edge of the world!
And may a billion such lamps appear before each and every buddha!
Their light banishing the darkness of ignorance everywhere,
From the very peak of existence down to the lowest hell, may they reveal all the realms of buddhas and bodhisattvas throughout the ten directions!

Om Vajra Aloké Ah Hung

Emaho! This wondrous and amazing light, burning brightly,
I offer to the thousand buddhas of this fortunate age,
Gurus, yidam deities, dakinis and dharmapalas,
And the deities of all the mandalas,
In all the infinite realms of the ten directions.
May all beings, with my own parents foremost among them,
In this and in all lives to come, whatever our place of birth,
Always see directly the perfect buddhas’ realms,
And remain forever inseparable from Amitabha, ‘Lord of Boundless Light’—
Grant your blessings so that, through the power of the truth
Of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and the deities of the Three Roots,
This prayer of aspiration may swiftly be fulfilled!

Tadyatha Pancandriya Avabodhanaye Svaha

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