The 6th Day of the Water Land Dharma Function in Shaolin Temple in Gengzi Year

发布日期:2020-09-08   字体大小:   

From Sept 2 to 9, 2020 (the 15th to 22nd day of the seventh lunar month), China Songshan Shaolin Temple grandly hosted a 7-day Water Land Dharma Function. On Sept. 8 or the 6th day of the dharma assembly, bowing in repentance, offering sacrifices to Buddha and sending invitations to dismount the platform at the inner shrine meanwhile chanting sutra, bowing in repentance, extension and dedication and other recites were held at the outer shrine. The ceremony of freeing captive animals in the Water Land Dharma Function was hosted this day, and Shaolin monks, donors and believers of ten directions were present with delight.

At 9: 30 am, donors followed masters to free captive animals, bowing in repentance of cumulative evil karmas and conferring the Three Refuges according to the ritual procedure. The merits and virtues of releasing captive animals would be transferred to donors and their families as well as all attendants, praying for them to be saved from disease and suffering, eliminate their karmic hindrances, leave suffering and attain bliss, and go to pure land.

At 10:30 am, head of the Water Land Dharma Function in Gengzi Year and donors offered vegetarian food, inviting master Yongxin, abbot of Shaolin Temple, to mount the platform preaching the dharma. Master Yongxin devoutly burned incense, mounted the seat and gave a dharma teaching, praying for world peace, our country prosperous, permanence of Buddhist dharma as well as people benefiting happiness and wisdom, good luck and attaining the Buddhahood early.

At 1 o’ clock in the afternoon, the dismounting ceremony was hosted at the inner shrine. Donors devoutly and joyfully invited beings of six destinies taking seats while masters solemnly blessed dharma food and offered up delicious food of the six objective realms. When beings of xiatang received precepts of the nether world, all donors devoutly invited them taking the seat and accepting offerings, praying that the grace of Buddhist dharma blessed all beings of the six destinies.

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