Through the online streaming , we also call on the global Buddhist community to respond with the spirit of Buddhism and scientific ethics. Although many countries have been vaccinated, we still cannot take for granted neglect our vigilance or cultivate the wrong thinking that the pandemic can be prevented by the blessing of Buddhas. We must continue to take protective measures and use our wisdom to think about how to control the spread of the virus. At the same time, we also hope that everyone will not feel fear, stress and anxiety. We must cultivate a purify mind, to overcome and accept the reality.
On the night, devotees participated in the ceremony were strictly followed the social distancing. Before the prayer, everybody devoutly light incense in front of the Buddha statues and at the same time, broadcast the situation of various Southeast Asia Buddhist temple celebrating the New Year and more than 100 cattle grazing pictures to welcome the new year.
On the 12th February morning, the abbot Most Venerable Hui Xiong led the devotees to pay homage to the Lord Buddha for the New Year at the Lian Chee Kek Buddhist Temple. Due to the pandemic, all devotees must register and make appointment before participating.
Therefore, through the live streaming, more devotees can participate and the abbot hope that everyone will recite mantras and pray for the better year.
The Secretary-General of the World Buddhist Sangha Council invited the Vice-President of the World Buddhist Sangha Council, and the abbot of Vien Giac Temple in Germany, Most Venerable Thich Nhu Dien to give Dharma speech through the lives streaming. Venerable Thich Nhu Dien congratulated all Buddhists around the world on the New Year and he shared the situation of the pandemic in Europe, especially in Italy, when the epidemic began to spread throughout Europe.
Through religion, the Buddhist community in Europe leads all Buddhists, to give confidence and encouragement to face the fact that the epidemic has spread, and cares about how local Buddhists can use the isolation time to calm their hearts and how to settle their minds and bodies during the epidemic to achieve inner peace. At the same time, he also call on Buddhists all over the world to take precautionary measures in the new year. As long as everyone has the perseverance and spirit of cooperation, regardless of whether it is a variant virus, the pandemic will be able to eliminate as soon as possible.