Hosting Ordination Ceremonies on Western Soil
The Dharma depends on the Sangha for its transmission. The Way must be propagated by people. For the orthodox Dharma to have a strong foundation in the West, there have to be upright people who practice the proper Dharma. For that reason, the Venerable Master set extremely strict requirements for people who wished to leave the home-life under him: a college education and memorization of the Shurangama Mantra. After they left home, they had to memorize the Shurangama Sutra, practice lecturing on the Sutras and speaking the Dharma, practice sitting in meditation and be able to endure suffering and toil...
- by Shi Hengtung, p. 18
"In Memory of Ven. Master Hua, Vol. II"
Because of the increasing numbers of people who wished to leave the home-life to become monks and nuns under the Master's guidance, in 1972 the Master decided to hold at Gold Mountain Dhyana Monastery the first formal, full ordination ceremonies for Buddhist monks and nuns to be held in the West. He invited virtuous elder masters to preside with him over the ordination platform. Two monks and one nun received ordination. Subsequent ordination platforms have been held at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in 1976, 1979, 1982, 1991, and 1992, and progressively larger numbers of people have received full ordination. Over two hundred people from countries all over the world were ordained under him.
- Excerpt from an article by Ron Epstein,
p. 62 "In Memory of Ven. Master Hua, Vol. I"
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, 1976.
The Master also accepted six-and seven-year-olds, allowing their good roots to grow.
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, 1991.