DDM Zhaiming Monastery Consummates the Dizang Dharma Assembly
From August 18th 2014, DDM Zhaiming Monastery held the Dizang Dharma Assembly for eight consecutive days, during which, the Dizang Repentance was held for seven consecutive days. On the consummated day of the event, the monastery held a chant of Dizang Sutra and offered a feast for all the sentient beings to hope that the strength of compassionate vows of Bodhisattvas and Buddhas liberate all the sentient beings of the six realms.<
From the first day of the event, many followers crowded the monastery to do the repentance prostrations, and the numbers of the attendants increased constantly day by day. On August 21st, up to 300 believers attended the event and all of them are very devoted to repenting of their past bad karma.
Venerable Guo Jun, in charge of hosting the event, said in his teachings that the Dizang Bodhisattva vows that he won’t be a Buddha until the hell becomes empty, by which, he reminded the believers present to learn to make a great compassionate vow like the Dizang Bodhisattva. In addition, he mentioned that we might accept the salvation of the Dizang Bodhisattva in the past lives so that we can attend the Dizang Assembly today. Therefore, we all should have a grateful mind when do the repentance prostrations.
Director of Zhaiming Monastery, Ven. Guo Jiou also encouraged the attendants to recite the sacred name of Dizang Bodhisattva 300 times, which will strengthen the merits of doing repentance prostrations, and he also hoped they not only practiced very diligently in the event but also brought such the calmness to their daily lives.
On the consummated day of the event, more than 600 believers crowded the monastery to jointly practice diligently, and the Grand Buddha Hall was full of devoted believers inside and outside showing a serene and solemn atmosphere. In the end, the 8-day Dizang Dharma Assembly was consummated in voice of venerables’ encouragement and best wishes.
(Translated by Tom Hsieh)