South Florida Buddhists Gather for Annual Water Repentance Ceremony

August 27, 2007

Author: Melissa Hoyos

Source: The Buddhist Channel,4758,0,0,1,0

Tamarac, FL (USA) -- Tamarac Incense and soothing chants wafted through the small temple Sunday as South Florida Buddhists came to repent and celebrate family members past and present.

About 100 people knelt before a large ivory-and-gold Buddha statue at the Fo Guang Shan Temple for the annual Water Repentance Ceremony. The ritual dates back 1,500 years, when a spirit threatened a powerful monk, said Lung Chiu, a temple disciple. The monk learned to use water and chants to rid himself of the spirit, who showed up as a head on his knee. Lines from the chants tell Buddhists to confess wrongdoing and not to worry about material things, such as expensive clothing or money.