Monday, May 5, 2008

Vesak Day celebration at MABA



TLing said they met a venerable who is from Malaysia; he is Master Ji Ru, one of the disciples of Ven. Zhu Mo. He built a temple called Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) just outside of St. Louis.

Last Sunday, MABA had a Vesak/Wesak Day celebration and we carpooled with TLing and her husband – the place is out in the country, so it took about an hour to drive there. TLing mentioned that Master Ji Ru chose this beautiful, scenic place, and built these halls himself…. Several Buddhist organizations, like Hinayana/Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Japanese Zen, Tibetan Buddhism and others came for the celebration. However, Master Ji Ru is in a silent retreat and didn’t come out. The chanting was led separately by venerables from Theravada and Mahayana traditions, and talks were given by a Zen master and a Lama (both of these branches of Buddhism allow masters/lamas to get married).

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