As an avid reader of Venerable Master Hsing Yun's books, I was pretty excited that he was coming to Singapore. Venerable Master Hsing Yun is a Chinese Buddhist monk, author, philanthropist, and founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, which has branches throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.
I am a Christian but I enjoy reading his books which show what it means to lead a good life, and offer practical advice, based on the Buddhist teachings, as to how this can be accomplished .
My husband went around 'begging' for tickets to the event. Most of the 10,000 tickets were given out. A friend finally passed us two tickets. The Refuge-taking and Five Precepts Ceremony cum Prayer for the Public was held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on 18 November 2012.
Before the start of the ceremony, there were several spectacular performances by devotees from Singapore and Taiwan.
我在场观看, 法会好庄严, 宏观, 祥和气氛呀！
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan was the Guest of Honour at this ceremony.
There were about 10000 or more people at the stadium, 2000 of them were there to take the 3 refuges and 5 precepts.
85 year-old Master Hsing Yun is still very alert. He asked all devotees to recite after him “我是佛" and encouraged them to recite it daily so that they will be mindful of their actions.
Among the topics he considers are controlling the body and speech, overcoming greed, ending anger, having patience under insult, managing wealth, getting along with others, what it means to practice Buddhism, and the blessings and joys of that practice.
大师妙语如珠, 所说的例子非常贴近日常生活，很实际。 对大师幽默的讲故事，大道理 ，有深刻的印象。