While weddings held in chapels or churches are the norm in the West, we generally don’t equate Buddhism with marriage. Recently however 30 new couples sought the blessing of a monk at a Chan (Zen) monastery in Zhejiang. Many netizens question whether such ceremony was considered proper in the context of Buddhism or whether this was just all a spectacle.
The afternoon of November 21st, 2009, 30 newly to-be-married couples participated in a mass wedding at the thousand year old Chan (Zen) Temple located at Zhujiwuxie Scenic Area in Zhejiang Province. The newly to-be-wed couples prayed in front of the Buddha, and received the highest blessings from the abbot at the Temple.
Comments on KDS:
Bad custom, I do not know who thought this up.
It is very expensive for weddings to be held in churches, a temple is probably cheaper.
Marriage is sacred [ordained by divinity].
Buddhist monasteries from its inception strictly regards sex as taboo. From thousands of years until now, have already degenerated to this point, this really is laughable…and a bunch of people together pretending to believe in the Buddha, I’m speechless~
This is called socialist temple with Chinese characteristics.
The monk is getting married? Putting a ring on that woman?
Comments on Tiexue:
Within the gates of the temple is suppose to be immaculate, this is not right.
The groom devoutly prayed in front of the Buddha: “Mighty Buddha, you must bless me with a wife who is in her original package [a virgin].”
The bride devoutly prayed in front of the Buddha: “Mighty Buddha, you must bless me that my hymen operation was successful.”
The Bodhisattva despondently said: you walked into the wrong place…the church is a road ahead to the left.
That’s enough, this is just a commercial scheme.
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