15 May '11, 3am

In Pictures: More than 1,000 Buddhist devotees light candles in the lead-up to Vesak Day

In Pictures: More than 1,000 Buddhist devotees light candles in the lead-up to Vesak Day

Devotees with lit candles at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See. The flame represents the wisdom that comes with having 'Buddha nature', says a monastery spokesman. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING MORE than 1,000 Buddhist devotees took part in a light-offering ceremony on Saturday night at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See, in the lead-up to Vesak Day. Standing in a circle around the monastery in Sin Ming, candle-bearing devotees passed the flames to each other until everyone held a lit candle. 'The flame represents wisdom that comes with 'Buddha nature',' explained a monastery spokesman. 'Buddhists believe that everyone has the essence of a Buddha, and the aim is to bring out that nature. Like the flame, when we get it, we try to pass it on to others.' Separately, the National Parks Board (NParks) issued a statement last Friday to remind the public not to release animals into the wild in ...

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