Ven. Master Xuecheng Ordains 2000+ Domestic and International Followers With Three Refuges and Five Precepts

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Ven. Master Xuecheng ordains 2000+ domestic and international followers with Three Refuges and Five Precepts at Guanghua Monastery in Putian, Fujian Province.

On the morning of February 5th, or January 9th using the Lunar Calendar, the ceremony to transmit the Three Refuges and Five Precepts was held at Guanghua Monastery in Putian, Fujian Province. The Ven. Master Xuecheng, President of the Buddhist Association of China and Abbot of Putian Guanghua Monastery, was invited to preside at the ceremony. More than 2000 followers coming from various cities around the world (e.g., Fujian, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau, and Italy) were ordained by the Master with the Three Refuges and Five Precepts.

In accordance with ritual, a team of ceremonial guards holding prayer flags, flowers, incense lamps, and incense burners welcomed Ven. Master Xuecheng to the Samadhi at around 9 AM. The Master first transmitted the Three Refuges: Take refuge in the Buddha till the end of my life; Take refuge in the Dharma till the end of my life; Take refuge in the Sangha till the end of my life. He then moved on to the Five Precepts: Abstain from killing; Abstain from stealing; Abstain from debauchery; Abstain from false speech; Abstain from intoxicants.

With the assemblies faithfully chanting the words of the famous Gatha, ‘Great is the clothing of liberation, the robe of reverence and repentance. I reverently accept it over my head, and vow to wear it in all my lives to come’, the Master put the robes on the representatives from the upasaka and upasika. Both bowed and vowed to transfer the merits to all parts of the world and the ordination finished.

The Three Refuges and Five Precepts were originally established by the Buddha to keep his disciples on the path to enlightenment, and later became the core of Buddhism.

       

Editor:Nina
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