“The Manifestation of the Universal Gateway by not forgetting the Initial Mind”— the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 9th Volunteer Training Session of the Nanputuo Temple

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The Nanputuo Temple of Xiamen held the Opening Ceremony for the 9th Volunteer Training Session on 14th Oct 2017. The volunteers from the Nanputuo Volunteer Service Society (NVSS), Buddhist communities and volunteer groups from Nan Chan Temple (Changding, Longyan), Tong Fo Temple (Quanzhou), Long Xing Temple (Qishui, Linqi) and Pantu Village have participated this session. The opening ceremony was presided over by Ven. Rong Rui, who is the Official Receptionist of the Nanputuo Temple.

Having gathered at the double storey’s Dining Hall, 3,000 volunteers stood respectfully and sang the Song of Triple Gem to welcome the Most Ven. Ze Wu (the Abbot of Nanputuo Temple and Mentor of Volunteers) at 8:00 a.m. Then the Most Ven. Ze Wu hosted the Buddhist ritual and led all the participants to pray for world peace, prosperity for the country, peace for people, harmony for family, booming of industry, as well as the purity of mind for all sentient beings by freeing from suffering and defilements. After the ritual, the Most Ven. Ze Wu preached the Buddhist Dharma to all the participants.

The Most Ven. Ze Wu said, “The Nanputuo Volunteer Service Society has been established for 9 years. At the beginning it only served for the Temple, later it extended its services to different communities and public.  With the accumulated practices and trainings for these years, the volunteers of Nanputuo Temple have become a practical team of Buddhism.  They have not only established a professional capability of services but also have developed a right faith in Dharma.  The aim of the Volunteer Service Society is to practice the Way of Bodhisattva - Spreading Compassion and Loving-kindness to All Beings without Differentiation - which is the spirit of the Mahāyāna Buddhism as well as the Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva of Nanputuo Temple. All the volunteers, who came to this place to study and practice volunteer service, have gone through a learning process from the beginning with no faith on Buddhism; later faith arising eventually possess the right faith in Dharma. In your daily support of Buddhism, you should gradually follow the Way of Bodhisattva and practise the Dharma by utilizing this platform, eventually it will lead you to the Buddhist enlightenment. This training session provides you a great opportunity for learning. In the journey of learning and practicing Buddhism, one of the important ways is to associate with knowledgeable persons, and therefore, the Temple has invited several venerable monastics and teachers to deliver lectures for you in this session. Thus, I hope all of you could study with full enthusiasm and the training session could be completely successful.”

The Opening Ceremony ended successfully at 8:30 a.m.  Since it was founded in 2009, the NSVV at first had only hundreds of members, but now it has more than 5,000 members.  Its services also expanded from supporting the Temple at initial stage to caring the community at present. In these 8 years, our volunteers with different occupations, backgrounds and abilities gathered here for the same aim. They help and care each other, study together, explore and find themselves through social services, and seek happiness by devoting themselves to the society. With the spirit of Spreading Compassion and Loving-kindness to All Beings without differentiation and the purpose of serving the publics, the volunteers of Nanputuo Temple went out to serve the society and did volunteer work in various communities according to the needs of people. The volunteers have been dedicating themselves in the various occasions such as the door-to-door propaganda of fire-safety, caring for poor people, concerning for elders in the community on the birthday of the Buddha (Vesak Festival), and provide service in the transport stations during Spring Festival. Consequently, they can be often seen in places such as households, communities, hospitals and transport stations.  

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