The Zen Visiting Delegation from America Visits Bailin Temple
07-24-2018    FJNET
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><SPAN lang=EN-US><STRONG>Have a simple monastic lunch</STRONG></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><SPAN lang=EN-US><STRONG>Ven. Minghai, Abbot of Bailin <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Temple</st1:City></st1:place> conversed with the delegates</STRONG></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>FJNET, October 31, 2006</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Hebei</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- On October 31, 2006, The Zen Visiting Delegation from <st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region> visited <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Bailin</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType> (<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Zhao County</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Hebei</st1:State></st1:place> Province). Feng Keqiang (Chinese name), leader of the delegation once studied architecture in <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>; he is now a member of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">San Francisco</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Zen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. Since 1980s, he developed an interest in Buddhism, In 1990s, he started to practice Zen (Chan), and visited <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Bailin</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> frequently.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Under the guide of Ven. Mingyi, the delegates practiced meditation at Puxian Hall, attending morning ritual with Bailin Sangha, having lunch with Bailin Sangha, experiencing the practice custom of Chan. In each afternoon, Feng Keqiang gave a speech on Chan.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In the evening of November 1, 2006, Ven. Minghai, abbot of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Bailin</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> gave an English Dharma Talk to the delegation at Zhiyue Hall.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In the morning of November 2, 2006, the delegation performed Tea Serving Ritual before the Ven. Zhaozhou Stupa. In the afternoon, they chanted sutra at Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall before visiting the famous <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Zhaozhou</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Stone</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arch</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Bridge</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In the morning of November 3, 2006, after cleaning their lodging house by themselves, the Zen Visiting Delegation saying goodbye to Bailin Temple and started off on their way home. [Translator: Wang Xinyu<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><A href="http://news.fjnet.com/jjdt/jjdtnr/t20061104_40612.htm">News in Chinese</A>]</SPAN></P>
Translator: Wang Xinyu
   
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