• Short Summary

    A 38-YEAR-OLD BRITISH MUSIC TEACHER BECAME A BUDDHIST NUN AT AN ORDINATION CEREMONY IN SECK KIAH EEN TEMPLE AT MALACCA, MALAYA, JAN 21.

  • Description

    A 38-YEAR-OLD BRITISH MUSIC TEACHER BECAME A BUDDHIST NUN AT AN ORDINATION CEREMONY IN SECK KIAH EEN TEMPLE AT MALACCA, MALAYA, JAN 21. SHE IS THE FIRST ENGLISHWOMAN TO DO SO. AS MISS PEGGY KENNET WALKED INTO THE TEMPLE, INCENSE WAS BURNED AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC FROM CHINESE FLUTES FILLED THE BUILDING.

    SHE HAD HER HEAD SHAVED AS A MARK OF HUMILITY AND CASTING OFF WORLDLY WORRIES, A PRACTICE FOR ALL IN THE BUDDHIST ORDER. SHE WAS BAREFOOT. THE THREE-HOUR CEREMONY BEGAN WITH OFFERING SANDALWOOD ON THE ALTAR, AND MAKING THREE BOWS TO SIGNIFY HER CONSENT TO LIVE THE LAW OF DHARMA, WHICH INCLUDES PUTTING AWAY ALL LUXURIES AND OBSERVING POVERTY AND CELIBACY.

    THE CHIEF MONK AT THE CEREMONY WAS REV SUMANGALO, A 59-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN MONK, WHO IS CHIEF ABBOT OF NORTH MALAYA. SHE WAS SPRINKLED WITH HOLY WATER AND GIVEN NEW ROBES BY SISTER NUNS. SHE KNELT BEFORE EACH OF THE MONKS AND NUNS IN TURN AS A MARK OF RESPECT, AND FINALLY RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE OF ORDINATION FROM TWO SENIOR MONKS.

    THE BUDDHIST NAME OF MISS KENNET - BORN A CHRISTIAN - IS "SISTER SUMITRA" ("GOOD FRIEND"). SHE ENTERED THE BUDDHIST SOCIETY IN THE UK AT THE AGE OF 16, AND HOPED TO BECOME A NUN EVER SINCE.

    SHE ARRIVED IN MALAYA EARLIER THIS MONTH, AND WILL STAY IN MALACCA FOR ANOTHER THREE MONTHS BEFORE TRAVELLING TO JAPAN WHERE SHE WILL ENTER THE SOJI TEMPLE IN TOKYO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LR9RJUVORPQNEXK8K56QMYJQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LR9RJUVORPQNEXK8K56QMYJQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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