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We are very much honored to host the highly acclaimed repentance ceremony “The Jeweled Repentance of Emperor Liang”, under the officiating of Venerable Master Hang Truong and Venerable Master Hang Duc, from August 15 through August 23, 2009.  REGISTER

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is The Jeweled Repentance of Emperor Liang?

According to the Chinese tradition, in the 6th century, after her death, Empress Chi Hui, the wife of Emperor Wu of Liang (463-549), appeared in the Emperor’s dream to let him know that, because of her anger and jealousy, she has turned into a python in purgatory. The Emperor then sought the assistance of Ch’an Master Bao Zhi, the most revered Buddhist monk of that era, together with more than 100 other highly respected Buddhist monks, to conduct a repentance ceremony to set her free. The magnificent ten-roll repentance was then composed by Ch’an Master Bao Zhi; it is called The Jeweled Repentance of Emperor Liang, or The Compassionate Dharma Assembly of Repentance Service. An impressive and revered repentance ceremony was then organized. Not too long after that, the Empress appeared in the Emperor’s dream, telling him that thanks to the undaunted sincerity of the Emperor, the Sangha, and all the citizens, as well as her being repentant about what she had done, she has left the python’s body, and been reborn in the heavenly realm.

From the contemporary perspective, The Jeweled Repentance of Emperor Liang is a special method of cultivation, so as to recognize and reflect on our very own blind spots. Those blind spots are the acquired bad habits that we usually don’t recognize. They are the relationship, the rancor among our loved ones in our family, and this interrelated animosity that existed many many lives past. To recognize and reflect on our own blind spots, is a course of action aspiring to dispel such interrelated antagonism.     

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What is Repentance?

Repentance is two-fold. It is to be remorseful and to reform. To be remorseful is to admit the guilt for all of our bad actions, and vow to cease such behaviors. To reform is to make firm commitment not to engage in future transgressions, and to perform all good deeds.

The repentance ceremony is the recitation of the Bodhisattvas’ precepts within a community of Sangha, or an admission of guilt in front of the mentor master. The admission of guilt in front of a community will help us to be awakened, and to change our life more diligently, which will lead to transforming our karma.

Forgiveness is the most important key to liberation, and conversely, liberation is indeed forgiveness.

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What should we do to transform our karma?

To transform the karma of our body, we need to first transform the karma of our thoughts, by sincerely repenting all the transgressions that we have acquired in the past, and by generating good merits to compensate for all those transgressions. To recite the Jeweled Repentance Sutra of Emperor Liang is to repent the karma of our thoughts, to eradicate our past offenses and to avoid generating future transgressions. Embracing the vows not to commit future transgressions is a condition for the old ones to be cleansed. At the same time, we should be apprehensive of the karmic retributions, being ashamed of our past transgressions, and generate more merits by giving, making contributions, helping the poor and the disabled.

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If we repentant properly, would our transgressions be eradicated?

Transgressions are the product of interrelated relationships; it would then be eradicated by the same interrelated relationships. Therefore, the first condition to eradicate our transgressions is to repent; hence, to repent is to unquestionably believe that wrong doings will have their retributions, but at the same time, we should also positively believe that they can be eradicated.

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Can we prostrate for others?

When we prostrate for other people, we should compassionately repent, so that those people can sense it. To perform the prostration, during the Jeweled Repentance Service of Emperor Liang, will help the deceased to be reborn. It will set the sick free from their karma. However, if a person wishes to forever transform his own personal karma, that person, himself, has to perform the ritual of the Jeweled Repentance of Emperor Liang.

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Why do we have to invoke the names of the Buddhas when we prostrate?

When we invoke a Buddha’s name, we should truly understand the significance of that name. Understand so as to cultivate, to emulate the noble attributes of the Buddhas. The recitation of the Buddhas’ names is for us to understand the meaning of the name, the exceptional characteristics of those Buddhas, so as to emulate their actions in order to earnestly repent.

The four names which are always invoked in the sutra are:

1. Namo Maitreiya Buddha: He is the manifestation of Compassion. May we all begin our cultivation with the compassionate regard to touch people’s hearts.

2. Namo Sakyamuni Buddha: He is the manifestation of diligence and patience. May we emulate the diligence and patience of Sakyamuni Buddha in our cultivation.

3. Namo Bodhisattva with a Body of Infinite Blazing Light: He is the manifestation of being omnipresent to liberate beings. May we adopt the aspiration to descend to earth to enrich people’s life.

4. Namo Avalokitesvera Bodhisattva: His manifestation is for the benefit of others. May we extend a helping hand to others by being an attentive listener.

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Can I help in anyway? 

There are many activities which needs to be accomplish before and during the 9 days event.  If you have time and wiling to help, please VOLUNTEER with different groups.  You can help 1 or more days during the event.  Thank you for considering to help.

 

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