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Tanzanian Delegates of Borigaram Agriculture Technical College Visit Korea (Part 1)
Dreaminus, the Jogye Order’s non-profit charity organization, invited 10 delegates from Tanzania, including teachers and students of the Borigaram Agriculture Technical College and government officials, to Korea from April 24 to May 4. The Tanzanian delegation’s trip aims to enhance understanding about Korean culture through Yeondeunghoe, the Lotus Lantern Festival, and study visit to institutions showcasing advanced agricultural technologies.
With the official dinner at 6pm, the members of the Borigaram College and public officials started their 10-day schedule in Korea, departing from Tanzania on April 23.
The lay Buddhist ordination ceremony was held at Daeungjeon (Great Hero Hall, dedicated to Sakyamuni Buddha) of Jogyesa on April 25 and the four students at the Borigaram College, Ferdinand Germinus Tungu, Phares Salum Maduhu, Aurelia Anthony Mahundi and Florida Erasto Milmba, became Buddhists with the President of the Jogye Order being their precept master. The four newly ordained Buddhists reaffirmed their commitment to putting the Buddha’s teachings into practice, taking Dharma names, such as Geumgang (diamond), Banya (wisdom), Borisu (Bodhi tree) and Boryunhwa (treasured lotus flower).
At the Lay Buddhist Ordination Ceremony, Ven. Jaseung, the President of the Jogye Order, said, “Five precepts are like the ladder which can lead you to the Buddha land. You can ultimately attain enlightenment like the Buddha by taking five precepts and putting them into practice.”
Phares Salum Maduhu, one of the students who attended the ordination ceremony, said, “I am very happy to be at this ceremony and become a Buddhist. My interest in Buddhism has grown by attending the Borigaram College. The temple and Buddha statues in Korea are very impressive. I want to become a public official in the agricultural sector to help others after I graduate the college in the future.”
The Tanzanian delegation met with the President of the Jogye Order before the lay Buddhist ordination ceremony.
At the meeting, Ven. Jaseung highlighted, “I hope your trip to Korea could serve as an opportunity to deepen your understanding about Korean Buddhist culture. I have heard that you have been studying hard at the Borigaram College and please keep up the good work so that you can contribute to development of Tanzania one day. The Jogye Order is committed to continuously providing support to the school.”
Kigamboni District Commissioner Hashim Maandilwa reciprocated, “I am very grateful to the Order for investing in the future of Tanzania.”
Ven. Jaseung put prayer beads on wrists of each student and wished the delegates a memorable journey. Tanzanian students expressed their gratitude to him with a traditional craft which they brought with them from their home country.
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