Meal-For-Thousand-Monks Dharma-assembly Ceremony at Black Bamboo Forest, Nanwutai
07-24-2018    FJNET
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Ven.&nbsp;Changming, abbot of Xingjiao Temple, honorary chairman of Shaanxi Provincial Buddhist Association, burnt incense<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></I></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>The Sea-vast Assembly<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></I></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>By Zhihui, FJNET, May 2006<BR><BR></FONT></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><FONT size=4><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Shaanxi</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China -- </st1:country-region>May 20<SUP>th</SUP>, 2006, Meal-For-Thousand-Monks Dharma-assembly Ceremony at <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Black</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Bamboo</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Forest</st1:PlaceType>, Nanwutai at <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Mt.</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Zhongnan</st1:PlaceName> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Shaanxi</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Province</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> was held. Approximately thousand monks participated.&nbsp;Ven. Changming, abbot of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Xingjiao</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, honorary chairman of Shaanxi Provincial Buddhist Association, presided the great ceremony, regardless of his advanced age. His sacrifice deeply moved fourfold assembly and the vegetarian host. </SPAN></FONT></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><FONT size=4><st1:PlaceType w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Mt.</SPAN></st1:PlaceType><SPAN lang=EN-US> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Zhongnan</st1:PlaceName></SPAN></FONT></st1:place><FONT size=4><SPAN lang=EN-US> is a Buddhist sanctum. It keeps a tradition of cultivating the Way from ancient times to the present day, an ideal place to monks who want to cultivate themselves. Till now, there are still monks lived in a rather simple thatched shed in order to attain Way. This Dharma-assembly aims at encourage this precious tradition, repaying Buddhas and Bodhisattvas' kindness as well as each Founder-Master generation after generation, wishing for we can have a peaceful world, prosperous Motherland, harmonious society and kind-hearted people.<BR></SPAN><BR></FONT></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Meal-For-Thousand-Monks Dharma-assembly is a Dharma-assembly which offering one thousand monks simultaneously. Bhikshu is a man who left home and sought enlightenment, he didn't earn earthly livelihood, so Bhikshu has another name "Beggar Knight". In addition, all beings offering Bhikshu can obtain blessings, so Bhikshu can be called Blessing Field Monk too. (Written and photographed by <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Zhihui</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Shaanxi</st1:State></st1:place> Provincial Buddhist Association)&nbsp;&nbsp; <SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=3>[Translator: Wang Xinyu]</FONT></SPAN></P></FONT></SPAN>
Translator: Wang Xinyu
   
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