We are overjoyed to announce that Master Hằng Trường will be officating a "Lương Hoàng Sám" ceremony in the Washington DC area from August 12 to August 17, 2008.
Lương Hoàng Sám
Lương Hoàng Sám or The Jewel Repentance of Liang Emperor is a very traditional Buddhist repentance ceremony in the Chinese tradition, dating back to approximately 1,500 years ago. It was started by Emperor Liang, from the Nan Dynasty, in an attempt to save his deceased wife, Empress Chi.
His wife, Chi Hui, died at age of thirty after leading a life marked by jealousy and anger. After her death, she appeared in the Emperor's dream to let him know that she has turned into a giant snake in purgatory. She begged of the emperor to organize a prayer ceremony officiated by the distinguished Buddhist masters at the time in order to expiate her sins, help eradicate her karma and release her soul from the lower realms.
Emperor Liang sought the assistance of Ch’an Master Bao Zhi and other high monastics to compile ten chapters of the repentance. Titled "The Emperor Liang Jeweled Repentance", the text records and details the reasons behind his wife’s transformation, examples of people affected by karma, stories about people receiving retribution, and what one can do to prevent it. After the repentance ceremony, Empress Chi appeared as a heavenly being in the Emperor's dream to let him know that she has left the life as a python, and has been released from its suffering.
The repentance ceremony consists of recitation of the text from this major scripture, followed by announcement of the names of the many Buddhas and prostrations by the attendees. Since there are thousands of Buddhas names on the list, the ceremony typically results in 400 to 600 prostrations a day, for five consecutive days.
During this five day period, Master Hằng Trường will also transmit the Three Refuges, Five Precepts, Eightfold Precepts, and Precepts for the Deceased. The Precepts for the Deceased is a request made by the living on behalf of the deceased to uphold the Bodhisattva Precepts. Relying upon the power of the Precepts, the deceased will be liberated. This is a very rare and precious opportunity for transmission of this Precept. We cordially invite everyone to join us in the ceremony.