The assembly started at 10:00 in front of Bao’en Pagoda. Ven. Jan Hai, President of the Texas Buddhist Association, and Ven. Hung I, Abbot of the American Bodhi Center, led a recitation of Amitabha Sutra and merit dedication to ancestors.
Ven. Jan Hai explained the profound significance of Ching-ming Gratitude and Remembrance Dharma Assembly. Ven. Hung I told the amazing story of how he received the Buddha’s sacred relics many years ago.
The assembly was followed by the ceremony for transfer and re-enshrinement of the Buddha’s relics from Bao’en Pagoda to Meditation Hall. At the end of the ceremony, the venerables offered blessings for peace, good health, and auspiciousness.
After lunch, the visitors took a tour of the American Bodhi Center, including the organic garden. Many were delighted to take fresh fruits and vegetables home with them.