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Temple Disciples—Xiaolaosheng

The religious volunteers at Hsing Tian Kong who wear sky-blue robes, chant verses of the sutras and perform tasks for visitors are called xiaolaosheng or “helpers,” because they work for others’ benefit and convenience. The blue color of their robes symbolizes the firm faith that enables them to practice self-reflection, repentance and moral virtue.
Here they cultivate their hearts and minds, venerate the deities, serve the faithful, and practice the Five Cardinal Relationships and Eight Virtues. Whenever they are in contact with worshippers or complete performing a service for them, they will say “ping’an” (“peace be with you”), to express satisfaction or blessing. Worshippers are requested to say “ping’an” in return to express their thanks.