Traveled through Asia with 61 Dharma-friends from all over the US and Canada, on a Dharma-tour Delegation from DRBA, our home organization. When DRBA goes to Asia, by and large we do what are called "Dharma Assemblies" or "fa-hui" in Chinese. Most Western Dharma-friends have not experienced Dharma Assemblies, and at some point I would like to capture the feeling and the energy of 600 people bowing and chanting together for up to 21 days, with the Dharma of sutras, praises, offerings, repentances, silence, movement, constant bowing and absolute harmony of voices and consciousness by so many people all at once.
My experience of the Dharma Assembly can be shared a bit by these superb photographs by Mr. Larry Hsieh (Hsieh Kuo-cheng) a photographer from Taiwan, who is also a long-term disciple of the later Master Hsuan Hua.
Larry Hsieh's photographs convey the intense personal encounter with the Dharma, in a group setting, that is the essence of the Fahui. I hope you all get a sense of this amazing "door to the Dharma," through his photos.