A big hello to Maxine Johnson’s Year 1 class at Epping North Public School, who are studying Glass Tears at the moment. A great time to be looking at the story in the lead up to Buddha Day (Wesak) on May 14th, which marks Buddha’s birthday, enlightenmnet and death.
Wesak is held on the first full moon in May and on this day Buddhists visit temples and make offerings to monks, bathe the Buddha to purify one’s mind, release caged birds for liberty and freedom, and make special efforts to bring happiness to the old and infirm. There are also candle and lantern processions.
In Glass Tears the illustrations, by Di Wu, show a typical Buddhist funeral ceremony, and offerings given at the house of the deceased. .
The real grave of Dao Thanh is on top of the cliff at Stenhouse Bay. The glass beaded bouquet sits on top, protected by a glass case.
These photos were taken in 2010.
The beaded bouquet
Brass plate on headstone