“The Manifestation of the Universal Gateway by not forgetting the Initial Mind” — the Buddhist Lamp (Light) Transmission Ritual was successfully held in the 9th Volunteer Training Session of Nanputuo Temple

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On 15th Oct 2017, the 9th Volunteer Training Session of Nanputuo Temple ended successfully, A grand Buddhist Lamp (light) Transmission Ritual was held for blessing. The Most Ven. Ze Wu, who is the Abbot of Nanputuo Temple and Mentor of Volunteers, was invited to host the ritual.

 At 6:00 p.m., about 3,000 volunteers of Nanputuo Temple with their relatives stood orderly both inside and outside the Mahāvīra Hall. All the participants were chanting and sincerely welcomed the Most Ven. Ze Wu for hosting the ritual. The Most Ven. Ze Wu delivered a guidance speech, “The light of lamp stands for the brightness as well as for the wisdom, the transmission of light represents the lasting existence of Dharma. Everyone would meet all kinds of suffering and pain before the final enlightenment and those suffering and pain need wisdom to destroy. We would also encounter lots of obstacles and need the power of Buddha to support us. The listening and practicing of the Dharma would turn our impure mind to a pure one and, then, only by having a pure mind, we escape from suffering and pain and avoid to trap into trivialities happening for us. We not only hope that the Buddhist light could light us but also hope that it could brighten the world and all sentient beings as well. Now, everyone has a lamp in hand. By watching it, I hope you all could focus on current moment attentively, observe your breathing, concentrate on your mind and body, keep the right mindfulness and find the brightness in you. Then you can feel the acknowledgement given by the Buddha, which is the significance of the transmission of the lamp tonight. In this evening, we gather the right mindfulness and faith as merits from thousands of people. We transfer these merits back to the world, which would make the world be more solemn and purer, also transfer these merits back to ourselves, which would assist us to remove obstacles on the path of practicing Buddhism and reach the enlightenment as early as possible.”

During the solemn and peaceful ritual, the monastics led all the participants walked circularly to worship the Buddha situated in the square in front of the Heavenly Kings Hall. Thousands of lotus lamps were lighted in the dark, which reflected the light of wisdom of Śākyamuni Buddha brightening all the directions to remove the suffering and ignorance of people.

At 7:00 p.m., all the participants chanted the Gāthā (Praise) of Dedication of Merits, to dedicate the merits acquired from this ritual to sentient beings in the world.

“Lamp” is one of the six Buddhist supplies and the Buddhists use the oil lamp to make an offering to the Triple Gems. There are two significances of the transmission of lamp light: first, it stands for the inheritance of the Dharma for generations in the sentient world; second, it represents the brightness of wisdom, which could drive out the darkness and destroy the ignorance and suffering. Moreover, it also means the uninterrupted inheritance of light of wisdom which is the dedication of oneself to help others. By this way, we promote the wisdom of the Buddha, loving-kindness, and compassion and bring results of endless warmness, hope, peace, safety and happiness for sentient beings.

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