Dharma Light—Shaolin Temple and Rong Bao Zhai Co-Organize the Millennium Sutra Exhibition

发布日期:2018-11-27   字体大小:   

At 9:30 a.m. on November 27, 2018, Shaolin temple’s standing monks gathered in front of the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion and attended the “Millennium Sutra Transcript Exhibition” with delight that Shaolin Temple and Rong Bao Zhai co-organized. Abbot of Shaolin Temple the Great Monk Yongxin, manager of Rong Bao Zhai Mr. Fang Zheng and others attended the ceremony.

Because the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion’s internal timber structure of Shaolin Temple was seriously damaged by insects, it was renovated in May this year. The construction was completed in mid-November and people were full of dharma joy. Under the leadership of the Great Monk Yongxin, Shaolin monks have been insisting on the protection of ancient books including ancient sutras, writing Buddhist scriptures, etc. this time the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion as a rare “national key protection units ancient”, held the sutra transcript exhibition, which is filled with so much joy.

In front of the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion, Shaolin standing masters lined up to welcome the Great Monk Yongxin presided over the exhibition’s opening ceremony. With Buddhist recital of scriptures, the Great Monk Yongxin offered incense paying respect for Buddha. Masters guided Mr. Fang Zheng and others from Rong Bao Zhai offered incense in turn. Then the Great Monk Yongxin gave a dharma teaching that the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion was born in the history and also went through twists and turns such as inspects’ gnawing and man-made blaze making many ancient books suffer breaking. Though the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion’s volume of ancient books was not as much as the initial storage, the existing ancient books are still a lot. Today the millennium-old Shaolin Temple cooperated with the lifetimehornored brand of Rong Bao Zhai to exhibit millennium ancient transcript sutras having supreme significance, which was the blessing of Shaolin Temple and Rong Bao Zhai as well as the public.

Manager of Rong Bao Zhai Mr. Fang Zheng said that he was very glad to cooperate with Shaolin Temple to exhibit millennium ancient transcript sutra in the millennium-old Shaolin Temple. This time Rong Bao Zhai brought 15 top-level Dunhuang transcript sutras to Shaolin Temple. This was really a great honor to display the national treasure for the standing monks, masters and extensive believers here.

Then the Great Monk Yongxin led Mr. Fang Zheng and standing masters to the Meditation Chapel watching exhibits and putting the transcript sutra of the fourth volume of the Great Nirvana Sutra in the early Tang Dynasty in the showcase treasured by Shaolin Temple. The transcript sutra is perfectly preserved. The whole volume is clean and neat. Its hemp paper is yellowing, uniform, delicate and tough, which is one of the important transcript sutras of Dunhuang. After that people watched other exhibits. In the event head of Rong Bao Zhai Li Linhao explained stories about the transcript sutras exhibited to the Great Monk Yongxin and standing masters.

After watching the exhibits, facing media interviews, the Great Monk Yongxin said that the exhibits taken by Rong Bao Zhai were top-level national treasure. The youngest of them is the millennium transcript sutra. Their shattered visage has flowed back one thousand. Today seeing them in Shaolin Temple is our merits. Shaolin Temple concentrates on collecting and protecting cultural heritage of ancient sutras and transcript sutras which are all gems with value and meaning. It is hoped that the public could cherish and protect our excellent historical and cultural heritage. (Editor: Zou Xiang and Zhang Hailong)

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