Canadian Buddhist Temple Striking the Bell for the Chinese New Year

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Brief: At the Chinese New Year’s Eve, numerousCanadian Buddhist Temple Striking the Bell for the Chinese New Year people came to the Cham Shan Temple to attend the Dharma assembly held there. With bells striking, sutra chanting, warm speeches and lucky money, the event was very festive.

At the night on February 18 in local time, with a large loud voice of the bell, theCham Shan Temple and the Canadian Buddhist Association are welcoming the Chinese New Year in Toronto. Canada's newMinister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism Mr. Jason Kenny (left) and the 92 year old Ven. Master Mr. Xing Kong stroke the bell together for peace and blessings of the new year.

At the night on February 18 in local time, with a large loud voice of the bell, the Cham Shan Temple and the Canadian Buddhist Association are welcoming the Chinese New Year in Toronto with its blessing ceremony.

It was a night as cold as 15 degrees Celsius below zero. Despite of the freezing weather at midnight, thousands of people gathered at the square in the Cham Shan Temple attend bell blessing ceremony in the snow, while more are still on their way.

Close to the midnight, the bell striking ceremony started in front of main hall of the temple. Chanting and praying were lead by the 92 year old Ven. Master Mr. Xing Kong, founder of the temple, and Ven. Master Da Yi, Abbot of the temple. Participants in the ceremony ranged all ages including both seniors citizens and children. They were chanting the Heart Sutra and praying for peace and blessing together with no fear for the cold at all.

Mr. Jason Kenny, Canada's newMinister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism, Mr. Xue Bing, Director of the Chinese Consulate in Toronto and many councilors of the Ontario province and the Toronto city attended the ceremony.

In his speech, Xue Bing said that Buddhism is one of the four major religions in the world, with a history of more than two thousand years advocating for equality for all sentient beings, virtues practice of all kinds and peace for the whole world. It has not only made great contribution to the civilization of world‘s history, but also to the harmony of the society. Canadian Buddhist Association has been for a long time disseminating Buddhism teachings and Chinese culture, which generated boundless virtues.

Mr. Jason Kenny extended his happy new year greetings in Cantonese and Mandarin to the audience and expressed his respects to Cham Shan Temple’s long term effort in leading and building the Canadian Buddhist community.

Founded in 1973, Cham Shan Temple is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist organizations in Toronto. The temple has been spreading Chinese Mahayana Buddhism ever since its creation. It is now initiating to build four great Buddhist mountains in Canada.

Ven. Master Dayi extended his appreciation for the support from all disciples and the whole society. “I believe that the new coming year of sheep is an auspicious year and everything will go even better,” said him at the bell striking ceremony.

On the square before the main palace, people lined up waiting to strike the bell. The sound of bell strikes the night sky again and again.

On behalf of Prime Minister Harper, Mr. Jason Kenny gave lucky money to the Chinese to celebrate the spring festival.

Editor: Xia Xinhong

Translator: Wu Xiaojing

Proof-reading: Ding Jianhua

Editor:Jasmine
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