This vegetarian dish is traditionally served on the first day of the Chinese New Year, both to cleanse out the body and to honor a Buddhist tradition that nothing living should be killed on the first day of the New Year. Traditionally, Buddha's Delight is made with eighteen ingredients, as the Chinese believe eighteen is a lucky number. This recipe is simpler, but you'll still want to head over to a Chinese/Asian market for the dried lily buds, Chinese mushrooms and a few other special ingredients. This recipe has been reader-rated at 5 out of 5 stars.
Jai - this recipe from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin has a Southern Chinese style recipe with black moss and other lucky foods, along with a photo showing the symbolic significance of each ingredient.
Buddhism in China and Tibet Today - from Barbara O'Brien, About.com Guide to Buddhism