On the morning of June 6, 2017, the Graduate Ceremony for the 15th batch of Undergraduate and 9th batch of Pre-Undergraduate of the Buddhist College of Minnan (BCM) was held on the Lecture Hall of Nanputuo Monastery. The Most Ven. Zewu (Rector of the BCM), Ven. Master Dingheng (General Vice-President of the Buddhist Association of Xiamen), Ven. Master Jiexiang (General Vice-Rector of the BCM), Ven. Master Fayuan and Ven. Master Jingxin (both are Vice-Rector of the BCM), Ven. Master Honglai (Assistant Rector), Ven. Master Jing¡¯an (Director of Teaching Affairs of the BCM) and Ven. Master Dehuang (Supervisor and Official Receptionist of the Nanputuo Monastery) attended this event. The ceremony was hosted by Ven. Master Jiexiang. All the teachers, masters, students of the BCM attended the ceremony. Mr. Su Ren-deng (the Vice Head of the Bureau of Ethnics & Religious of Xiamen) and Mr. Chen Jing (Vice-Director of the United Front Work Department of CPC Xiamen Committee) were invited to attend this event too.
At 9 a.m., the ceremony commenced with the holy national song¡¯s sound. First of all, all the participants stood up and the rector lit up the Buddhist incense to worship the Buddha image. Then the Most Ven. Zewu led all the participants to pray by chanting sutra for the world peace and national harmony. After that, the Most Ven. Zewu gave a speech for graduates. He emphasized, ¡°No matter in the future you choose to study or practice the promotion of Buddhism, you all should keep your personality as a kind person and Buddhist, as well as keep your patriotism and status in Chinese Buddhism. All your deeds, words, intentions and willingness should be based on the Buddhist disciplines, Dharma of Buddhism, national laws & rules and benefits. You should inherit the spirit of the BCM¡ª¡®Compassion and Wisdom¡¯. Compassion leads you to be a Buddha while wisdom renders you to benefit people. All of you should not forget your original intention and base, and continue carrying forward the concept of Humanistic Buddhism which was proposed by the Most Ven. Taixu who was our former Rector to influence the world.¡± When summarized the study tour which just finished right now, the Most Ven. Zewu said, ¡°We all 138 persons made efforts to accomplish this significant graduate tour and successfully achieve 2 great events in our college¡¯s history. One was that the BCM made a cooperative and exchange agreement with both the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand and the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka; the other one was that the BCM set up overseas Alumni Association branches in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore successfully. In this tour, we worshipped those predecessors¡¯ achievements or remarks on their pursuits for Buddhism and careers on Dharma promotion. We should learn from them to enhance our Buddhist career with correct thought and opinions, while strengthen our patriotism and status in Chinese Buddhism.
Mr. Su Ren-deng congratulated all the graduates to accomplish the study. He proposed 3 expectations for them. First, he wished all the graduates should keep the confidence and faith to Buddhism, undertake the incumbent duty with strong willingness, and become an excellent Buddhist leader to carry forward the teachings of Buddhism. Second, he hoped all the graduates should cultivate the behavior manners of daily practice based on national laws, rules and principles, because those policies, regulations and Buddhist disciplines are guarantee for Buddhist affairs. Third, he hoped all the graduates should insist on the direction of Chinese Buddhism and practice in the way which is compatible with our socialist society. Through the practice and promotion of Buddhism, all the graduates could benefit people¡¯s wellbeing and society. By keeping the motto of the college in mind, all the graduates could make friends broadly while let Buddhism be lighting over the world and make Dharma spread to all the five continents.
Then the Most Ven. Zewu issued certificates to all the graduates (184 persons in total) and took photos with them. In order to express the gratitude to the BCM, Nanputuo Monastery, governments, the Buddhist Association of Xiamen, and some affiliated organizations of Nanputuo Monastery for their care and education in these years, the graduates gave some splendid gifts to these parties. Later, Ven. Changzheng led all the graduates to recite the words of vow with strong and confident voice which was full of the feelings to the BCM, thanksgiving to teachers and vision for the future career. In addition, Ven. Master Foxin on behalf of all the teachers sent the last suggestion and blessing to all the graduates, while Ven. Jianshe (on behalf of all the present students) and Ven. Xinzhi (on behalf of all the graduates) gave a speech for farewell and thanksgiving respectively. At last, all the participants stood up to sing the Song of Triple Gem. The ceremony was over in such a warm and happy atmosphere.
The campus is an unforgettable place for all the graduates. To the BCM, all the graduates have lots of feelings which are not expressed and much unwillingness to leave. After the ceremony, Ven. Master Jiexiang and Ven. Master Jingxin (authorized by the Rector) led all the graduates to worship the stupa of the Most Ven. Miaozhan, thanking him and other predecessors for their vast efforts and huge dedication to the spreading of Buddhism, Dharma promotion and Sangha education.