The Dabei Temple
Built before 1033 and with three courtyards, the Dabei Temple sits on a mountain slope. Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty wrote an inscription over the entrance door, in front of the hall, green bamboos planted during the Ming Dynasty still thrive. Pic shows the scene of religious buddhists gathering in the hall:
Dabei abbot Master Miaoxiang (妙香大师)
The monks of Dabei Si, along with the abbot and the affiliated lay devotees all strictly uphold Buddhist regulations. They eat once a day, and do not take meals after noon. All of the monks walk together every day, holding their bowls, to beg for food, and give sentient beings the chance to plant innumerable seeds of karmic merit
Making offerings to the Three Treasures is done voluntarily by lay Buddhist disciples; the merit gained therein is inconceivable
The regulations of Dabei Si require the monks to be itinerant and beg for food; firstly, it allows them to uphold Buddhist discipline and maintain the correct dharma, and secondly they can thus get closer to and perform good deeds for the benefit of other sentient beings, planting innumerable seeds of karmic virtue
Monastic regulations stipulate that if one is unsuccessful in begging for food, they try another home; they may not speak rudely or show an unhappy expression. They may only beg at seven homes, and no matter how much or how little they obtain, must immediately return afterwards
According to the regulations, when traveling around and begging for food, monks are not allowed to spend the night in the homes of laypersons; thus, they have no alternative but to sleep beneath the trees, under bridges, or out under the stars
Dabei monks spend at most 4 hours sleeping each day
When the monks of Dabei Si travel, they are forbidden to ride in any form of transportation
A group of monks from the Dabei Si traveling, with the abbot Miaoxiang leading the way
If, when working, a monk encounters a worm or other sentient creature, they will move it out of the way to avoid mistakenly harming it:
During their travels, the monks of Dabei Si spread the Buddhist dharma, transforming sentient beings through its teachings, causing thousands to take refuge in the Three Treasures and establish firm faith
Pregnant wife attends a refuge ceremony at Dabei Si
Followers attending a nighttime worship ceremony at Dabei Si
The Dabei monastery practices and spreads the Buddhist teachings
"Notice to all faithful worshipers: The monks of the Dabei monastery adhere to the regulation of 'not allowing their hands to touch money.' We do not have a donation box. Please do not leave money."
Monk from Dabei Si practicing meditation by the roadside
The solemnity of the marching monks
The monks of Dabei Si are very well educated. Many of them are college graduates, and some were doctors, reporters, and engineers before becoming monks.
All of the faithful lay disciples in Dabei Si respectfully give way for the monks:
A Dabei Monk is mending his cloth
The monks of Dabei Si practice Buddhism with their whole bodies, engaging in manual labor to fix the temple and the roads
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Monks of Dabei Si stopping for meditation during their travels
An evening shot of the monks of the Dabei Si