The World Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association was established at Wanfang Temple in Pingtung, Taiwan with nearly 100 bhikkhunis from around the world signing a memorandum of understanding regarding the association’s establishment. This undertaking was not only a major event in the Buddhist world, but also an unprecedented event in the Bhikkhuni community. During the meeting, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Ru Yi, Dean of the Sichuan Bhikkhuni Buddhist Institute in China, recommended that the highly respected Most Venerable Pu Hui, Chairwoman of the Chinese Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association, serve as the first president of the World Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association, which was unanimously endorsed by the masters from many countries in attendance and passed with the applause of all. Chinese Buddhist World Peace.
Following the signing of the memorandum of understanding to establish the World Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association, a forum on “The Importance of Sangha Education and Practicing Social Responsibility” was held. The forum was moderated by Venerable Master Bhante Chao Chu, President of the Los Angeles Buddhist Union, who gave an engaging and enthusiastic talk on the topic. The World Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association officers are officially announced and installed in Thailand. In addition to selecting Venerable Bhikkhuni Pu Hui as first president, the initial assembly of the World Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association also selected 26 vice-presidents:
Bhikkhuni Hong An (Taiwan), Bhikkhuni Siou Neng (Taiwan), Bhikkhuni Jue Hua (Taiwan), Bhikkhuni Jing Ding (Taiwan), Bhikkhuni Che Zong (Taiwan), Bhikkhuni Chang Lu (Taiwan), Bhikkhuni Ru Dao (U.S.), Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee (U.S.), Bhikkhuni Dr. Pannavati (U.S.), Bhikkhuni Sing Kan (Malaysia), Bhikkhuni Ji Zun (Singapore), Bhikkhuni Rattanavali (Thailand), Bhikkhuni Nattha Vivatta (Thailand), Bhikkhuni Uppala Vanna Magga Panna (Thailand), Bhikkhuni Sudarshana (Sri Lanka), Bhikkhuni Halpandeniye Supeshala (Sri Lanka), Bhikkhuni Mainnaluwe Dharmashanti (Sri Lanka), Bhikkhuni Ru Yi (China), Bhikkhuni Dun Yan (China), Bhikkhuni Hong Yuan (China), Bhikkhuni He Jing (Korea), Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni (U.K.), Santacitta Bhikkhuni (Australia) and Bhikkhuni Kammatthana (Cambodia).
The General Assembly also set up a secretariat, with Venerable Jan Yin of Taiwan serving as Secretary General, Zhuang Bishan serving as English secretary, and Yang Wenjing serving as Chinese secretary. Association vice-presidents Bhikkhuni Chang Lu, Bhikkhuni Nattha Vivatta, Bhikkhuni Che Zong and Bhikkhuni Ru Yi and members Bhikkhuni Da Ying, Bhikkhuni Neng Chao and Bhikkhuni Shao Hong are all recipients of the 16th International Woman of the Year Awards. Vice President Jing Ding, Secretary General Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Shih Jian Yin and resident masters of Di Yuan Temple and Miao Guang Temple went to the international airport in Kaohsiung to receive Venerable Master Dr. Myongsong Sunim, Dean of the Un-mun Sangha College of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism when she came to visit the Association.
Venerable Bhikkuni Dr. Myongsong Sunim, Dean of the Un-mun Sangha College of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, Venerable Bhikkuni Miao Xun and Venerable Bhikkuni He Jing visited Taiwan to communicate and share experiences with the Association. Because of this event, the Association was able to hold a ceremony officiating the vice presidents. Venerable Bhikkhuni Pu Hui presented the letters of appointment as vice presidents to the Taiwan-based Venerable Bhikkhuni Jue Hua and Venerable Bhikkhuni Siou Neng (received on their behalf by Venerable Bhikkhuni Chang Lu) and to Venerable Bhikkhuni He Jing from Korea.
Thereafter, religious and cultural exchanges between the parties of the two countries were initiated, with President Pu Hui, Vice President Hong An and Vice President Jing Ding each giving speeches on behalf of Taiwan; and Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Myongsong Sunim, Dean of the Un-mun Sangha College and Most Venerable Bhikkhuni He Jing, Abbess of Ming Fa Temple, giving speeches on behalf of Korea.
At noon on that day, the Association arranged a banquet to enthusiastically welcome its esteemed guests. The Association in conjunction with the Chinese Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association member masters hosted approximately 200 people at the banquet. In the afternoon, the Korean delegation visited Ching Liang Shan Hu Guo Miao-Chiung Temple. The delegation was given a tour by the Bhikkhuni Hong An, the Abbess of the magnificent temple. As part of preparations for next year’s first general assembly meeting of the Association, President Pu Hui led a 26-member delegation from Taiwan including Association vice presidents Hong An, Jue Hua, Jing Ding, Che Zong and Chang Lu; and Association member masters Shang Ding, Neng Chao, Ru Nian, Tian De, XuanHui and Secretary General Jian Yin on a mission to Seoul, South Korea to carry out discussions and preparations for the general assembly meeting with Korean area Vice President Venerable Bhikkhuni He Jing.
Venerable Xue Jing, President of Central Council of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, is inducted as an executive office of WBBA; President Pu Hui, on behalf of the Association, presented a greeting to Venerable Xue Jing before the tens of thousands of guests. For the 1st General Assembly Meeting of the WBBA in April,President Pu Hui, together with Vice President Hong An and Secretary General Jan Yin, initiates a second planning and preparations meeting in Seoul, South Korea with Korean area Vice President Venerable He Jing.
President Pu Hui, Vice President Hong An and Secretary General Jian Yin travel to Jogyesa Temple to meet with Venerable Xue Jing, President of the Central Council, and Venerable Ding Yu, the Administrator of the Administrative Headquarters of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, to invite them to attend the general assembly meeting and provide guidance. Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Pu Hui, the President of the World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, Chairwoman of the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, Executive Director of the Taiwan Buddhist Association, Abbess of Shen Zhai Tang, Taichung, Founder of Taichung Shen Chai Elementary School, Taiwan. Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Hong An – Chairwoman of the Taiwan Buddhist Association, Vice president of the World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, Co-chair of the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, Abbess of Ching Liang Shan Hu Guo Miao-Chiung Temple, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
On March 7th, 2017 all officers of the World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association were sworn into service in Thailand. The Venerable Pu Hui from Taiwan, highly respected in the Buddhist world, serves as first president of the Association, who along with the 25 vice-presidents, also select Bhikkhuni leaders from around the globe, to facilitate the Association to promote the Dharma and wellbeing across the world. The World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association was established at Wanfa Temple in Pingtung, Taiwan on November 22, 2017. Over 1,000 people participated in the general meeting establishing the association, including Buddhist clergy and lay people from around the world. The meeting resolved to unite bhikkhunis across the world, strengthen exchange among monasteries around the world, promote the Dharma to all areas of the world and bring wellbeing to all people.
The general assembly promoted the current chairwoman of the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, the venerable Bhikkhuni Pu Hui to serve as first president of the World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, and in accordance with the charter of the general assembly, selected 25 vice-presidents, and the secretary general was assigned by the president.
Korea, the home of the organizers of this assembly meeting, has been divided into North Korea and South Korea for 70 long years, a situation which has brought much insecurity to the world. In this time, I emptied my mind of thoughts over and over, and based on the principle of serving others with compassion, I was appointed as Vice President of the World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association. At the time, I immediately had the grand wish that North and South Korea could unite and that, together with the masters of the twelve countries, welcome the World Peace Conference between North and South Korea.
And just as water is not water, food is not food, and money is not money, it is only when we actually drink water, eat food, and use money that such things exist. Thus, the peace and unification of which I speak, is not real peace and unification. When I become one with you, we become one. And when we speak and act consistently, it shows that our confidence is growing. Forgive others and inspire others. At that instant when we are one, only then will unification slowly begin.
I believe that with the power of prayer from you, the great masters from 12 countries who have come together for this grand meeting, we will lay the foundation for North and South Korea’s unification. May our continued contributions enable those countries encountering difficulty to establish greater goals in carrying out their practice of loving-kindness and compassion. I believe that no matter what kind of difficulties our global village faces, we can still succeed at achieving world peace. Once again, thank you to each and every master here today and for your commitment and efforts on behalf of the World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association. Namo Shakyamuni Buddha, Namo Shakyamuni Buddha, Namo Fundamental Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha..
After visit to Taipei, Taiwan
Official Photographs by Goh Bee Wah – Taipei, Taiwan