The weekend played host to several seminar presentations, a few promotional tests and recognitions therein. Unfortunately, not many pictures were taken during the event, and none with the whole group, but a few snap shots were fit in with a few of the practitioners on the last day of our gathering.
On the last day of the retreat, a grand ordination platform was convened and two new monks (Reverend Tam Minh and Reverend Tam Thien) received full acceptance (upasampada) ordination, and one new novice received the going forth (pabbajja) ordination. The day also saw a pilgrimage to the temple by a delegation of Vietnamese laity who performed a meal offering ceremony for the assembled monks.
In addition to many other interesting on goings with our sister organization (the Vietnamese United Buddhist Churches, headed by H.T. Nhu Minh), the headquarters temple was undergoing massive renovation during the Venerable's visit (having remained virtually unchanged since its dedication in 1975).
As such, Reverend Tam Bi was invited to "leave his mark" on the construction, as Most Venerable Nhu Minh is quite fond of his capability as a "handy monk".
With this, the monks departed for Boulder City Nevada where they spent a week at the host of the Zen Center of Las Vegas Sangha and their guiding teacher, Zen Master Ji Haeng.
The monks enjoyed much free time with Zen Master Ji Haeng and his family, and were delighted to be introduced to the Most Venerable Chaiya, Abbot of the Thai Monastery that houses the ZCLV sangha.
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