Ceremony to announce to be Buddhist Upasok

Four Belgians took a pledge to be Buddhist Upasok and requested the 5 precepts on February 10th, 2016

  1. Marc De Geyter
  2. Marc Horemans
  3. Arnold Meert and
  4. Andy Merckaert

They all announced to be Buddhist Upasok by taking a pledge in Pali and Dutch.

All of them always keep the 5 precepts.They participated in this ceremony to strengthen their attention and start to study more about the Triple Gems.

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Mr. Marc De Geyter revealed that this rite helped him keep the precepts more strongly because there were friends doing this together. Mr. Andy used to be a heavy alcoholic and has stopped drinking completely for 2 years.  He intended to strengthen his resolution as a warning never to do it again.

The monks gave a sermon about the qualities of Buddhist Upasok and gave blessing to the new Upasok to encourage them. After that all participants in the room meditated together for 1 hour – to recall this merit easily in the future.

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This is the 2nd ceremony of taking a pledge as Buddhist Upasok at Wat Phra Dhammakaya Benelux.  There were two men participating in it for the first time and four men altogether.  The temple has a plan to do it every year because it is a part of the Sila 5 Project that has been organized in Thailand.

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