It has been nearly three years since the COVID-19 pandemic broke throughout the world. Statistics tell us at least 201 countries and regions across the globe reported confirmed cases, accumulating to more than 620 million cases, over 6 million of which resulted in death. The coronavirus pandemic created chaos in the world order, directly affecting the health of hundreds of millions of people and resulting in fumbled responses early on from some of the world’s best-equipped countries.
Buddha taught that all living beings have Buddha-nature, and that we shall treat them as family members and relatives. The World Buddhism Association Headquarters held a Dharma Assembly to release captive lives and pray for blessings on Buddha-Stipulated Lives-Releasing day. Presiding over the gathering was the Abbot of the Hua Zang Si Temple, Ruzun Ruohui. The congregation was jointly led through the service by the Vice Chairperson of the World Buddhism Association Headquarters, Jiaozun Zhengda, who is also the Honorable Chairperson of the International Buddhism Sangha Association, and Dharma Master Juehui, the Abbot of the Sanger Mission Bodhi Monastery.