The Grand New Year Events in 2012 

                On Jan 21st 2012 (Dec 28th in the Chinese lunar calendar), Pangu students had a triple blessing descending upon them in Macau––the Foundation Ceremony of the Pangu Kindness and Friendship Association of Macau, the Ou Wen Wei Ngahyin Healing Chanting and Music Concert, and Master Ou’s birthday party.  Full of joy, 700 Pangu students donned splendid attire to attend these three grand events. 

                At 1:20 pm, Master Ou met with reporters from all the large media outlets in Macau.   At the press conference, Master Ou introduced Pangu culture to them while also introducing himself—the originator of Pangu Shengong and advocator of Ngahyin chanting. 

 

                Master Ou also explained Pangu Shengong, Ngahyin chanting, and the effectiveness of his own music in preserving good health and improving mental ability.  He gave an impromptu performance of ancient Chinese chanting and singing for the journalists and his friends. 

                At 2:00 pm with all sincerity Master Ou solemnly announced: “The Pangu Kindness and Friendship Association of Macau is now grandly established!”  The foundation ceremony began.  The first appointed members of the council and the supervisors of the Friendship Association followed the first president of the association, Pan Mei Feng, in raising their right hands and taking an oath.  They pledged that they will obey the constitution of the association, protect members’ legal rights, enthusiastically take part in the activities of the society, diligently raise the level of their hearts and souls, and work together to promote harmony and the flourishing of the society in Macau. 

 

                In Master Ou’s speech he encouraged Macau’s Pangu students to have great achievement so that this wonderful method of gaining true good health and happiness takes root and blossoms in Macau, and that more and more Macau people have the opportunity to get to know and accept this great method.  

                At 3:00 pm the Ou Wen Wei Ngahyin Chanting and Music Concert began.  When Master Ou, wearing a white suit, walked out on the stage, the entire audience gave him a huge round of applause. 

 

                Master Ou’s Ngahyin chanting gave us a very important lesson that we have been missing.  He explained the origin of Ngahyin and the history of the change in Ngahyin.  He performed as the ancient Chinese did: singing spontaneously, chanting and reciting poetry extemporaneously.  In addition, he composed and chanted two poems for Macau on the spot. We would like to share one of them here with you:  

                               

                                In ancient times Macau was called Hao Jing Ao.

                                Now it is Macau City, where hundreds of businesses flourish,

                                And elegant music congratulates its peace.

 

                The Pangu students were all intoxicated by Master Ou’s profoundly emotional chants and classic songs.  During his performance, everybody was at times excited, at times thoughtful, at times laughing, at times singing with him in high spirits.

                Master Ou taught the students the Ngahyin versions of “Big Family,” “Sound-of-Sands Hill, Crescent-Moon Lake,” and “The Pangu Shengong Song.”  With their full attention, they learned to sing these songs quickly and accurately. 

 

                Jason, Rose, and Robert, who are Pangu students from foreign countries, also went on the stage to give solo performances of Ngahyin chanting and reciting.  Their pronunciation was accurate, as they imitated Master Ou’s tones quite well—even his expressions.   As a result, some students who are Mandarin speakers felt embarrassed because their pronunciation and tones were not as accurate. 

 

Mr. Xie Dongxiao, a professional classical-instrument performer who was making a special appearance in Master Ou’s concert, played a Chinese ancient music score “the Running Water.”  Mr. Xie’s excellent performance gained warm applause from the Pangu students. 

            The concert ended in the singing of “The Pangu Shengong Song” in its Ngahyin version.

Approximately half an hour later (6:00 pm), Master Ou Wen Wei’s birthday party began.

When Master Ou led his family, the students from foreign countries, and some very young students from China in singing “Spring Has Come” as they entered the stage, applause broke out like thunder.   They then walked in a circle around the audience, after which Master Ou returned to his seat and held up his cup to welcome all these students coming from different places to celebrate his birthday. 

 

The birthday party was harmonious, exciting, richly emotional, and colorful.  Master Ou’s wife, Mandy, gave awards to the students who won the question-oriented contest regarding the title of Master Ou’s book of collected poems, Walking and Chanting in the Chrysanthemum Garden.  Afterward, Pangu students gave the performances that they had prepared with great dedication—chanting, reciting, singing, and dancing, a total of 30 performances. 

            After years of training and following Master Ou’s teachings, it was evident that these Pangu students had improved greatly; their chanting, reciting, and singing were full of rich sentiments and delivered in peaceful, elegant, and leisurely tones and with energy. 

The young Pangu students from Hong Kong played a birthday song for Master Ou with flutes, and members of the audience all sang together to congratulate our respected Master Ou and wish him a very “Happy birthday!”  As one performance followed another, happiness and joy filled the entire hall of the banquet, with bliss showing on all the students’ faces. 

 

At 10:00 pm the party ended successfully with the masters of ceremonies singing “Dreamland Waltz” together to say goodbye to the Pangu students.  We all expect to see each other again next year!

In fact, in the hearts of many Chinese Pangu Shengong students, the birthday of Master Ou, Dec. 28th in the Chinese lunar calendar, has become a unique holiday.  For those who cannot come to join the big celebrations together with Master Ou, they still celebrate—in their own homes.  They celebrate for the well-being and happiness brought to them and others by Master Ou and Pangu Shengong, they celebrate for the knowledge of life and the enlightenment they have learned from Master Ou, and they celebrate for the bright future of kindness and benevolence.