On December 22, 2002, nine people resolved
to leave the home life and had their heads shaved by the
Sangha of Dharma Realma Buddhist Association (DRBA). As the
new blood of the Sangha, they will continue the work of
propagating the Buddhadharma. They have courageously vowed
to transcend the mundane and study the Bodhi Way. They have
renounced loved ones to single-mindedly and vigorously study
the path of Sages so as to repay their parents' kindness.
Shedding their worldly clothes and donning the Dharma
clothing of the Thus Come Ones, they have resolved to
constantly think of saving others and to diligently seek the
Mahayana Dharma to liberate all sentient beings. These nine
laypeople have lived for at least three years at DRBA
Way-places. Having proven the quality of their character and
their spirit for the Way through vigorous work and serious
cultivation, they have been able to participate in this head
shaving ceremony. This is the 5th Leaving Home Ceremony held
at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) since the founder
of DRBA, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, entered Nirvana in
These nine people include: Shramanera Guo
Chang, who was a professor at Yang-Ming University, a
well-known medical school in Taiwan. He came to CTTB in 1995
and has taught at the Developing Virtue Secondary School and
Instilling Goodness Elementary Boys Schools ever since.
Later he served as principal of the Boys School. The eight
Shramanerikas (novice nuns) are: Jin Rou, Jin Da, Jin Lin,
Jin Yi, Jin Jau, Jin Cang, Jin Ji, and Jin Wei.
Please see page 34 in this issue for
stories of how these novices decided to leave the home life.
The day they left the home life coincided
with the celebration of Amitabha Buddha's Birthday and the
first day of the Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session at CTTB.
Over 100 people from various cities and countries came to
observe, including the novices' family members. Some even
came all the way from Taiwan to attend the ceremony, wishing
the new novices great success in their vows to pursue the
Buddha Path and teach and transform living beings.