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The repentant ceremony of late april.

Update: 29/05/2014
In the evening of 28th, May 2014 (30th, April lunar calendar) thousands of Buddhists in inner and suburban areas of Ho Chi Minh city came to Hoang Phap pagoda to attend the repentant ceremony.
 

The repentant ceremony of late april.

 

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As usual, there is a dharma talk which is offered by\r\n the Monks before of ceremony. In this preaching, Junior Thich Tam Nguyen\r\ntalked about the topic “ The richest people  on   the planet”.

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The richest are usually associated with those who possesses\r\na lot of money, jewels, title, position, etc..; However, in fact many wealthy\r\npeople are not likely to be happy. Some of them suffer miseries of their\r\npartner or childrens disruption, while others suffer of dissatisfaction of\r\ntheir careers, relationship of society, failure to fulfill their wish etc., .\r\nAt some point,  they realize that they are really wealth only when they\r\nachieve happiness, which  can not be bought by money. Then, they could\r\nstop their wild dreams of desires, aspirations, living by their instinct   to\r\nlead a full life in the current moment for themselves  and live to serve\r\nothers..

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Buddhas teachings have it that money and material wealth in\r\nlife are  impermanent. It can be  lost by flood, fire, lavish\r\nspending of his wife and children, thieves, confiscation. There are  only\r\nEnlightened Beings treasures which are  able to exist forever and brings\r\nthe real happiness to the present and future life. Those are  faith, shame\r\nfor oneself, shame for others, precept observance, hearing instructions\r\n renunciation and wisdom.

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Buddhist Cultivators having those things above will not get\r\nsuffered  in spite of the life’s   affliction anymore. The\r\nrichest on this planet are  the Buddhists who practice The Honor Ones\r\nteachings and managed to extensively exploit their own enlightenment abilities

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After the lecture, the mass started kowtowing, reciting the\r\nBuddhas names and chanting five precepts.

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Below are pictures:

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