Original Chinese Language Article: By Wei Fang (卫风) Ch’an Culture Network
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
Ch’an Culture Network – news from Hubei province, where the Buddha’s joyous light of wisdom shines for thousands of people. On the morning of December the 18th, 2012, the Lingquan Temple was bathed in the warmth of bright sunlight, and the surrounding mountains were free of obscuring clouds. The main entrance of the temple had been washed and swept clean, and was lined with fresh flowers and thousands of devout Buddhists carrying flowers, sandalwood incense sticks, and sutra-banners. The eminent foreign Buddhist monks (who had been especially invited to the ceremony) awaited to enter the temple on foot, under umbrellas. At 9am, the venerable old monk Jing Hui began the ceremony by lighting incense in praise of the Buddha-Dharma. He was joined in the chanting by senior Buddhist monastics from all over the world, including the head monks of Cambodia (the Great Sangharaja Bugeli), Mongolia (the great Dorje Khenpo Lasang), and Thailand (the Venerable Sawai Chotiko, the Vice-President of Mahazhulalong University. Whilst chanting, the senior monks – led by the Venerable Jing Hui – entered the temple (after walking up the mountain) in a solemn and respectful procession, with sutra-banners streaming, preparing to take part in the Medicine Buddha Mandela Ceremony.
During winter time, the climate on Lingquan (Temple) Mountain is still agreeable, with luxuriant forests of tall bamboo that grows rapidly on the pinnacle of the mountain. The spectacle in early winter integrates with the sunshine, and is very peaceful experience. The six sensory roots are purified by the study of the Medicine Sutra – and the dignified pillar that stands in the temple grounds – which brings comfort to the thousands of adherents who lay eyes upon it.
Surrounded by thousands of devout followers of the Buddha, the eminent monks – led by the Venerable Dharma Master Jing Hui – each mounted the mandala-platform in turn. The Venerable Jing Hui was followed by Cambodia’s Great Sangharaja Bugeli, and then Thailand’s head of the Supreme Sangha Council – the Venerable Phraphrommethee – followed by the other eminent elders and dignitaries, all following the old monk Jing Hui’s directions.
Whilst the monks occupied the mandala-platform (performing the puja), those gathered in the temple chanted loudly and clearly. Smoke wafted-out from the burning sandalwood incense All this was integrated with the glorious and bright sunshine, and created a vivid transformative vision. After the Venerable Jing Hui had completed the foundational chanting and worship of the puja, the South Korean Elder Yue Shan, and the Mongolia – the great Dorje Khenpo Lasang – took it in turns to chant in their own languages. Their respectful behaviour was excellent and awe-inspiring.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.
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