KeithBC wrote: plwk wrote:
Parenthetically, they tell me that with my taking refuge and precepts certification card in hand, I will not have to pay like a tourist to get into Buddhist temples in China, but I will get in free as a Buddhist. Strange world, and maybe not the best reason for taking precepts again.
Really??? No other conditions attached? I have a pilgrimage trip planned this year to Putuoshan. Time to dig out my cert...
What, they have Buddhist membership cards now?
Om mani padme hum
Tsk tsk Keith ... gone are the flower power days where hardly anything goes on record
It's just a simple piece of paper or card that states some information, which may vary from organisation to organisation, the Refuge/Lay Precepts (stating the type of precepts: ranging from the basic 5 up until the Bodhisattva Precepts) ceremony date/time/venue, name of Refuge/Preceptor Master (may come with a seal or insignia stamp), lineage, one's Refuge & actual name & Date of birth and cert./card serial number.
Along with this, some door gifts may be distributed to the attendees, like they may give a wrist mala or a Buddhist pendant or a pocket size votive picture card of Buddhas/Bodhisattvas or a simple Dharma booklet or a commemorative CD/DVD (normally if it is in conjunction with a special event).
And no, this is not any kind of specific membership with the officiating/organising temple, monastery or centre of the Refuge & Precepts ceremony, that's a separate matter, they may encourage you to join them but normally no obligations. Some places may tie up the ceremony with an instant membership, so it varies.
As for the OP's Q, yes I have done a 'renewal' before with the Founding Master of the organisation when he came to my country back in 2009, just so to create Dharma affinity and the most important one: as a gesture of practice reminder and resolve. I have heard of how some do it to show off a 'resume' of having made a connection with so and so Master and organisation and then start claiming that they are disciples of so and so, when it's just an open ceremony for all and the issue of claiming that so and so master is one's root teacher are totally separate matters unless specified during the public ceremony or as a private initiative.