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Two nuptial ceremonies held at the pagoda

Update: 21/12/2014
On December 21, 2014 (30 October of the lunar year of the Horse) Hoang Phap Pagoda held two nuptial ceremonies for two young couples - the first couple being Ly Van Tuoi (his Buddhist name: Phuc Hy) and Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa (her Buddhist name: Lien Hoa), and the second couple, being Nguyen Minh Tri (his Buddhist name: Tinh Tri) and Đoan Nhu Mai (her Buddhist name: Lien Mai).
 

Two nuptial ceremonies held at the pagoda

 
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Aware of the meaning of organising nuptial ceremonies at a\r\npagoda, the two families concerned came to Hoang Phap Pagoda and asked for\r\ntheir children’s marriage be held at Hoang Phap Pagoda. As witnesses to the\r\nceremonies in the presence of the relatives of the couples, the monks of our\r\npagoda witnessed and listened to the oaths from the couples, being “We swear to\r\nkeep the five Buddhist precepts and realise the Buddha’s teachings mentioned in\r\nthe sutra namedHigh Birth Sutra so as to build a happy and unshakeable\r\nfamily in the future.” This is an important fact which marks the beginning of a\r\ngood marriage in the future.

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The grooms and the brides exchanged their wedding rings in\r\nthe witness of The Three Jewels. The solemn atmosphere of the ceremony did\r\ncreate in their mind a deep and unforgettable impression of their first day of\r\nbuilding a family. Those were the favourable conditions leading to harmony,\r\nlove spirit, concessions, mutual respect in their marital life. Also, at the\r\nsame time these were the points to be stressed so that the couple’s faithful\r\nhappiness be looked after, responsibility consciousness  and living\r\ntarget aimed at building a happiy home on the ground of morality, spirit and\r\nbrainpower.

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Apart from the traditional rites of a marriage, such as the\r\nproclamation of the reason for the ceremony and the declaration of the meaning\r\nof the marital rings and the exchange of the rings between the bride and the\r\ngroom, the nuptial ceremony is also the opportunity for the couple to prostrate\r\nthemselves in front of the Buddhas, bow themselves to show their gratitude to\r\ntheir parents and finally show their mutual respect to each other. In such a\r\nsolemn atmosphere of the ceremony at the main sanctuary, the monks witnessed\r\nand listened to the oaths from both the brides and the grooms.

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On behalf of Hang Phap Pagoda, Junior Venerable Thich Tam\r\nThuan gave the couples some recomendations. With his simple words, the Junior\r\nVen. explained clearly the two words ‘Eternal Agreement’. Besides, with the\r\nspirit of the Sixfold rules of conduct for monks and nuns in a monastery in\r\nBuddhism, the Junior Ven. also showed the application of these rules to a\r\nfamily life so as to have an extended  marital peace and contentment.\r\nThe Junior Ven. also showed the married couples how to educate their children\r\nin the ethical standard known as the Five Buddhist Precepts. These five\r\nprecepts are the foundation on which a stable family is built. It is also the\r\npremise from which human dignity is formed.

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The ceremony ended in the cheerfulness from the attendants.

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Following are some of the recorded pictures...

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Translated into English by Mr. Hoang Huan, layman.

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