Press Release (ePRNews.com) - SYDNEY - Sep 22, 2018 - To commemorate the day Guan Yin Bodhisattva reached enlightenment, a Grand Blessing Ceremony was held at Fuyan Huguo Zen Monastery in Yilan, Taiwan, recently. The ceremony also signified the official opening of a new Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Buddhist Practice Centre. Under the guidance of Master Jun Hong Lu, the new centre marks a major milestone for the development of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door in Taiwan over the past few years. More than 500 Buddhist abbots, monks, practitioners, and friends from Taiwan and all over the globe attended this magnificent ceremony.
The ceremony began at 10am and was conducted in an open-aired section of Ruyi Hall, hosted by Venerable Shi Hong Rong, the abbot of Fuyan Huguo Zen Monastery in Yilan, and Venerable Shi Wei Fang, the abbot of Ru Yi Temple in the United States. The ceremony involved chanting of Buddhist scriptures and series of rituals. Statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Nanjing Bodhisattva, Tai Sui Bodhisattva, Guan Di Bodhisattva, Zhou Tsang Bodhisattva, and Guan Ping Bodhisattva were blessed and then worshipped by everyone. An atmosphere of solemnity and reverence pervaded the area.
After the blessings, the two abbots and Venerable Shi Xin Jing, the abbot of Guan Yin Hall of Wisemans Ferry, Australia, delivered speeches, respectively. They commended the establishment of this new Buddhist practice centre in Yilan, Taiwan, as being an auspicious outcome for not only local people, but also Buddhists worldwide. Thanks to the blessings from Bodhisattvas, the full support of Master Jun Hong Lu, and the hard work of many dedicated people, the ceremony went smoothly.
The Fuyan Huguo Zen Monastery was built back in 1961. Each year, a seemingly endless stream of pilgrims comes to worship at the monastery for over 50 years. Now, with the establishment of the new Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Centre, visitors can experience even more spiritual benefits when coming to the area.
In the afternoon, guests at the event watched touching videos showing Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s Dharma propagation activities around the world, followed by introductory Dharma messages for the people of Taiwan. Since 2015, Guan Yin Citta Practice Centres in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung have organised four large-scale Buddhist charity events, with tens of thousands of attendees having come to experience their vegetarian delicacies. Dozens of small-scale events have also been held in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Yilan. These events aim to promote the core values of Buddhism, traditional Chinese culture, and advocate for a vegetarian diet that brings immense benefits to health and our environment. These activities received wide recognition, as well as positive feedback from local communities.
Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door has been in Taiwan for many years. Since 2013, Master Jun Hong Lu has given two large-scale Dharma Talks in Kaohsiung and Taipei, with 5,000 to 10,000 people in attendance. A number of major cities including Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taitung, Kaohsiung, Taoyuan, Keelung, and Chiayi have established Guan Yin Citta Practice Centres, serving as the spiritual homes for many Buddhist practitioners and friends. With the new practice centre in Yilan, Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door will continue to flourish across Taiwan, and make more positive impacts on the society.
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