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Lantern Ceremony of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Attainment Day at Bang Pagoda - Hanoi

Update: 24/01/2018
Nearly 3000 years ago, in Uruvilva forest by the bank of Naranjana river, outskirts of Rājagḱha, Magadha country, an extraordinary person has achieved the Enlightenment, ending the samsara cycle, ceasing all the suffering bondage from greed, hatred and ignorance. It is Shakyamuni Tathagata, master of devas and human. His holy and noble teachings are wonderful remedy curing kinds of misery sickness of sentient beings, leading people from mediocre to Enlightened status.
 

Lantern Ceremony of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Attainment Day at Bang Pagoda - Hanoi

 

Every year, on Dec 08 lunar calendar, tens of thousands of\r\nBuddhists on earth joyfully welcome this great historic event. In the evening\r\nof Jan 23, 2018 (Dec 07, lunar calendar), Bang Pagoda (Linh Tien pagoda) and\r\nHoang Phap Pagoda in HCMC solemnly celebrated Lantern Ceremony for Shakyamuni\r\nBuddha’s Attainment Day (Buddhism calendar 2561 – solar calendar 2017).

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The ceremony was witnessed by: Most Venerable Thich Tri\r\nQuang - First Vice-President of Tiāntāi Ashram in Vietnam cum\r\nExecutive Director of Witness Committee of Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation,\r\nMost Venerable Abbot Thich Bao Nghiem, Vice Chairman of Executive Committee cum\r\nHead of preaching Division of Central Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, Head of\r\nOrganizing Committee, Most Venerable Thich Quang Nhuan, Member of Executive\r\nManagement Board, Deputy Head of Standing Committee of Preaching Division of\r\nCentral Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, Senior Venerable Thich Chan Tinh,\r\nDeputy Head of Preaching Division of Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, Abbot of\r\nHoang Phap Pagoda (HCMC), Senior Venerable Thich Giac Hiep, Member of Executive\r\nCommittee of Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, Deputy Head of Vietnamese\r\nBuddhist Congregation in Lao Cai province, Venerable Thich Tri Chon, Member of\r\nExecutive Committee of Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, Head of Vietnamese\r\nBuddhist Congregation in Dist. 12, HCMC, Senior Venerable Thich Chieu Tue,\r\nMember of Executive Committee cum Deputy Secretary of Preaching Division of\r\nCentral Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, Head of Preaching Department of\r\nVietnamese Buddhist Congregation in Ha Noi and clergy people from Hanoi and\r\nother regions.

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The ceremony officially opened with bell sound and verse\r\nchanting from Venerable Thich Tam Tuong to pay homage to Triratna.

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Next, it was the opening speech from the Most Venerable\r\nThich Bao Nghiem. He emphasized: “The Attainment Day of Bodhisattva Siddhartha,\r\none of the greatest, most wonderful, unusual and hard-to-see event, has come\r\ntrue. The long-term dark of ignorance covering on human beings has been pushed\r\naway by the bright Dhamma light. The saving message has been sent to sentient\r\nbeings by Buddha who has got the Enlightenment by his own efforts, sacrifice of\r\ntrials and winning all the inside/outside obstacles to become Buddha. He spent\r\nquite a long time in promote places in loneliness ignoring human basic needs as\r\neating and sleeping, cultivating his great heart, compassion and high\r\naspirations to save himself and sentient beings.

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The organizer would like to use the image of candle light to\r\nsend out the message of solidarity among Buddhists in the world. Everyone would\r\nlike to devote oneself for the sake of wisdom and compassion to form Pure Land\r\nright in this Saha world to relieve all pains, to stabilize society, to end\r\nwar, to establish peace and non-violence within people’s mind. "

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After offering incense rite, it was the most sacred and\r\nexpected moment: light transmission. Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang received\r\nthe light of wisdom from Buddha's altar and passed to clergy people. This is\r\nthe symbol sharing Dhamma light, Buddha wisdom, compassion, representing the\r\nstrong effort in preaching Dhamma of devout Buddhists.

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After that, Most Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, with calm and\r\neaseful steps, came down the stage to share light to Buddhists. Then the light\r\nkept on being shared among the mass expressing Buddha wisdom, awakening, loving\r\nmindfulness and tolerance to paramita. The light shines onto the mind and heart\r\nof ignorant sentient, bringing them back to basic true nature.

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In the magic sparkling candle light and emotion of tens of\r\nthousands of heart, Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang delivered a meaningful\r\nDhamma talk to the audience.

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The program kept on with the session praising Buddha’s merit\r\nand explaining the meaning of Buddha Attainment Day by Senior Venerable Thich\r\nChan Tinh. Via his words, the entire audience could even feel the whole view of\r\nthat important day, the shaking of great moment bringing joys to every sentient\r\nbeing.

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Last but not least, Senior Venerable Thich Chieu Tue sent\r\nhis great thanks for the committed attention of clergy people and the whole\r\nashram.

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The event closed in shimmering candle light pervading\r\ncompassion and sympathy in the mass while chanting melodies and serene rhythms\r\nwere played. May Buddhism have sustained growth in long term. May the world be\r\npeace and sentient beings be happy.

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Following are recorded photographs:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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