Avalokitesvara’s Enlightenment Day—the Shaolin Temple Free Captive Animals for Prayer and Transfer Merits to the Sentient Beings

发布日期:2018-07-31   字体大小:   

July 31, 2018, the 19th day of the sixth lunar month, is the Enlightenment Day of Avalokitesvara. To recall with emotion of “having great kindness and great compassion” and be blessed by Avalokitesvara, the Shaolin Temple grandly held reciting and freeing captive animals prayer.

At 9:30 am, Abbot of the Shaolin Temple the Great Monk Yongxin offered incense, presided over the assembly with water purification. Shaolin monks and pious disciples recited classics in chorus, which resounded through the ancient monastery, showing solemn. The sentient beings maintained the pure mind, recited the Buddha’s name to dedicate merits and were full of dharma joy. The Great Monk Yongxin purified for the released animals with holy water, preached the Three Refuges. He gave a dharma teaching about the nirvana method of Twelve Nidanas made have ties with Buddha to release from sufferings some day. Merits attained with this method were transferred to all sentient beings while praying for peace and prosperity, good weather for the crops, avoiding disaster, permanence of Buddhist Dharma and world peace!

Then Shaolin monks and volunteers brought aquatic lives to the Shaolin Reservoir to release, making them leave from sufferings and returning to nature. At noon, China Songshan Shaolin Temple brought manna from heaven, delivered sentient beings, washed away dirt stains and enjoyed dharma joy. So far, the Shaolin Temple’s reciting and freeing captive animals prayer had been completed on Enlightenment Day of Avalokitesvara. (Editor: Zou Xiang, Yue Long)

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