The first day of the Water and Land Dharma Assembly in Shaolin Temple in Xinchou Year was on May 20, 2021. Six shrines including the Great Shrine, the Lotus Shrine, the Sura Shrine, the Huayan Shrine, the Nengyan Shrine and the Pure Land Shrine were pure and solemn. Dharma masters led all benefactors to chanting and repentance solemnly and transferred all merits and virtues to all sentient beings. The Yoga yankou rite of the five Bodhisattvas was sponsored that evening.
The Great Shrine was set in the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion of Shaolin Temple and would worship the Emperor Liang Repentance for seven consecutive days. The Emperor Liang Repentance was the king of confession and the redemption of sin in Buddhism. These merits and virtues were transferred to all living creatures and the auspicious dharma realm.
The Lotus Shrine was set at the Hall of Patriarch of Shaolin Temple and would chant the Lotus Sutra for 7 consecutive days.
The Lotus Shrine, namely the outer shrine of the Water and Land Dharma Function, would get rid of evils or sins for participants and transfer its merits and virtues to predestined living creatures through that dharma masters guided people to recite the Lotus Sutra.
The Sutra Shrine was set at the the Samantabhadra Hall of Shaolin Temple where the Sutra of Immeasurable Life, Sutra of the Medicine Buddha, Diamond Sutra, Sutra of Golden Light, Sura of Perfect Enlightenment and Brahmajala Sutra would be recited for 7 consecutive days.
The Huayan Shrine was set at the Lixue Pavilion of Shaolin Temple where the Huayan Sutra would be recited for 7 consecutive days. The Huayan Shrine of the outer shrine for the Water and Land Dharma Function would get rid of evil karma or sins for participants through that dharma masters guided people to read the Huayan Sutra by heart and transfer its merits and virtues to predestined living creatures released from suffering and even attain enlightenment.
The Nengyan Shrine was set at the Kimnara Hall of Shaolin Temple where the Nengyan Sutra would be recited for 7 consecutive days. Nengyan Sutra is the most important one of Buddhist literature. There is Nengyan Sutra where there is permanence of Buddhist dharma. Nengyan Sutra is Buddha’ s real body, Buddhist relics and pagoda.
The Pure Land Shrine was set at the Manju Hall of Shaolin Temple where Amitabha Sutra, Sutra of Immeasurable Life and other classics would be recited for 7 consecutive days to deliver the deceased for happiness and remind the public as well as to hold mindfulness by chanting Amitabha.
Yoga yankou of the five Bodhisattvas was sponsored at the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion of Shaolin Temple at 6:30 pm. All believers invited five Vajra masters including Yangui, Yansi, Yantang, Ranzheng and Ranxiang stepped up to the platform to preside over the dharma assembly. Yankou was put to release hungry ghosts. In addition to being offered to food to feed hungry ghosts, dharma teaching, conversion and conferring precepts were also taught to karmic creditors to form completely right views and get away from evil paths to accomplish the fruition of Bodhi. Yoga yankou of the Water and Lang Dharma Function in Shaolin Temple in Xinchou Year, taking 5 hours, was completed successfully. (Reported by Liu Shuaipeng, photographed by Yue Long, Ma Ang and Liu Shengkai and edited by Zou Xiang)