September 14, 1974 (Saturday noon)
On Commemorating the Bowing Pilgrimage
Ven. Master Hsuan Hua
Tomorrow is the fifteenth of September, and we will celebrate the return of the two monks from their pilgrimage for world peace. Last October 16, they made this bodhi resolve. On August 17 of this year, they completed one stage of their vow. And so we can set September 15 as a day of Complete Peace. We can hold a celebration on this day not only this year, but every year, in memory of these two cultivators who are the first in America to make a Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage. In Buddhism, whoever is virtuous and diligently practices is a true disciple of the Buddha. I have seen these two cultivators sincerely work hard for the sake of Buddhism, and as a result people have been influenced by Buddhism. This makes me especially happy.
Timely Teachings, page 116.