The Delegation of Buddhist College of Minnan "One Belt One Road -- USA and Canada Mission" visiting the Chamshan Temple of Canada & attending the Cornerstone Laying Ceremony of Śarīra Stūpa for Ven. Master Miao Zhan

Information Sources: nanputuo Article author: admin release time: 2017/10/6 14:01:55

 On 20th September 2017 local time, the Most Ven. Ze Wu, the Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China, the President of the Buddhist Association of Xiamen, the Abbot of the Nanputuo Temple and the Rector of the Buddhist College of Minnan (BCM), led the Buddhist delegation of “Belt and Road -- USA and Canada Mission” to visit Cham Shan Temple, Toronto, Canada, and also to attend the cornerstone laying ceremony of Śarīra Stūpa for Ven. Master Miao Zhan.

The delegation arrived at the Chamshan Temple at 10:30 a.m., the Abbot Ven. Master Da Yi warmly welcomed the delegation with four kinds of disciples. He delivered a speech about his learning experience in the BCM and introduced all about their Buddhism promotion in Canada. The Most Ven. Master Ze Wu first expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he had received from Ven. Master Da Yi, then he mentioned about the three elder monastics from the Chamshan Temple who have a deep origin with the BCM, and highly praised the efforts of Ven. Master Da Yi for organizing the Buddhist Forum for Canada, the United States, and China. The effort of Ven. Master Da Yi is similar to a Golden Bond, which will help the propagation of Buddhism to North American to spread around the world. Both Masters expected that this meeting will enhance both relationships and carry forward the spiritual philosophy of Ven.Master Miao Zhan.  Ven. Master Ze Wu hoped that there will be more mutual interchange between two temples in the aspects of monastic management, talented cultivation, charity, and promotion of Buddhism in future for continuing the Dharma Lineage and introducing Buddhism to the world, as well as making Buddhism play an important role for promoting world peace.

The cornerstone laying ceremony of Śarīra Stūpa for Ven. Master Miao Zhan was held at the Lingquan Lake of the Wutai Shan at 2:30 p.m.. Ven. Hong Lai, the Assistant Director and the Director of the International Department of the BCM, was the host of the ceremony. The Most Ven. Master Ze Wu, Ven. Master Da Yi, Ven. Hui Ren and Ven. Hong Lai, were the leaders who performed the purification pūjā with solemn chanting and with participation of four kinds of disciples from the Chamshan Temple, local dignitaries, and delegation.

After the ceremony, the Most Ven. Master Ze Wu said: "The cornerstone laying ceremony of Śarīra Stūpa for Ven. Master Miao Zhan has its two great significances: (1) for better promoting the compassion of the master and devotion to Buddhism with his concept of ‘do not forget that there are many people suffering in this world’; (2) embody the idea of Ven. Master Miao Zhan that Buddhism have finally borne fruit in Canada. Because of the grateful heart of Ven. Master Da Yi, the relics of Ven. Master Miao Zhan were able to keep in this temple. I wish that Buddhism can play an important role in enhancing the relationship between China and Canada.” Ven. Master Da Yi fully affirmed the significance of the ceremony and recalled his time with Ven. Master Miao Zhan. He encouraged, us to follow the will, heart and the spirit of the Ven. Master Miao Zhan and to devote ourselves to Buddhism, society, and all sentient beings.

Local dignitaries, the City Councillor of Wutai Shan Jordan Landry, and Member of Parliament Dylan Robich congratulated the success of the ceremony and also blessed the construction of the Wutai Shan and the promotion of Buddhism to be successful.

The Chamshan Temple was established by three great elder monastics; Ven. Master Xing Kong, Ven. Master Cheng Xiang and Ven. Master Le Du in Ontario, Canada. These three masters and Ven. Master Miao Zhan had learned Buddhism from Ven. Master Tan Xu. They made a vow to stay in Canada in 1967. Since then it has been 50 years. In 2004, Ven. Master Da Yi, who was the alumni from the first batch of BCM since its re-established and inherited the lineage of the Tiantai School from these three elder monastics. He was close to Ven. Master Miao Zhan and was the Disciple and Personal Assistant of the Abbot and also the Temple Supervisor to assist Ven. Master Miao Zhan to manage the Nanputuo Temple.

1.Visit the Chamshan Temple, Canada

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2.Cornerstone Laying Ceremony of Śarīra Stūpa for Ven. Master Miao Zhan

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