Dear Dharma friends,
We sincerely invite you to take part in the following Dharma Assemblies which will be held at Gold Buddha Monastery in the second half of the year.
- 6/16 ~ 7/6 – Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation
- 8/7 ~ 8/30 – Earth Store Sutra Recitation
- 8/31 – Transmission of 3 Refugees and 5 Precepts & Transmission of Precepts for the Deceased
- 9/1 – Inauguration Ceremony and High Meal Offering
- 9/2 ~ 9/10 – Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance
If you wish to participate and require lodging, please contact us in advance to make arrangements.
Date：March. 30-31, 2013
Time：Sat., Sun. 7:00pm – 8:30pm
As Gold Buddha Monastery’s Buddha hall expansion and renovation is coming to an end, we would like to present another gift – you are invited to attend Dharma Master Heng Chih’s lecture on Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Fourteen Fearlessnesses.
Venerable Master Hsuan Hua said: “If you do not listen to dharma lectures, you will be unable to open your wisdom. This is especially true of the Shurangama Sutra, for it is the sutra that can open one’s wisdom. Hearing these principles, you should apply them to yourself. ‘Through which sense organ should I cultivate?’ you ask. Don’t worry. Guan Yin Bodhisattva uses the ear organ; it is also the best one for us. Guan Yin Bodhisattva perfected his cultivation through the ear organ and Ananda followed him in cultivating the same way. The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of former times have left us with such a wonderful dharma door that we should also study this method. This is the easiest practice in cultivation.”
All talks are in English with Mandarin Chinese translation.
Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s fourteen fearlessnesses as presented in the Shurangama Sutra:
World-Honored One, through the effortless, wondrous power of my vajra-solid Samadhi, which I enter by redirecting my faculty of hearing inward to merge with the enlightened nature of hearing, I feel, as if they were my own, the sorrows and yearning of all beings in the six destinies in all ten directions and in the three periods of time. Therefore, by using both body and mind, I can cause all beings to develop such perfect merit that they will have nothing to fear in fourteen kinds of dangerous situations.
First, because I did not listen to sounds and instead contemplated the listener within, I can now hear the cries of suffering beings throughout the ten directions, and I can bring about their liberation.
Second, I was able to turn my awareness around and restore it, and therefore, should beings be caught in a conflagration, I can make sure that they are not burned.
Third, since I was able to turn my awareness around and restore it, I can make sure that beings who are adrift in a flood will not be drowned.
Fourth, because I have put an end to deluded acts of mind, and so have no thoughts of harming or killing, I can make sure that any being who enters the realm of ghosts will not be harmed by them.
Fifth, when I had succeeded in merging my faculty of hearing with the enlightened nature of hearing, my six faculties dissolved into each other to become one with my faculty of hearing. Therefore, if beings are about to be attacked, I can cause the attackers’ blades to shatter so that these beings will suffer no hurt, any more than water will be hurt by a knife that is plunged into it, or any more than light will be affected by a puff of wind.
Sixth, my hearing was infused with an essential brilliance that illuminated the entire Dharma-Realm and dispelled the darkness of all hidden places. Therefore, I can ensure that beings will be invisible to any yaksas, raksasas, kumbhandas, pisacas, putanas, or other such ghosts that might approach them.
Seventh, sound itself completely dissolved as I reversed the direction of my hearing and became free of distorted perceptions of sense-objects. Therefore, if a being is confined by a cangue, I can make that disappear.
Eighth, when sound was extinguished once and for all and my hearing was perfected, my kindness gained an all-pervading power. Therefore, should beings be traveling on dangerous roads, I can make sure that they will not be robbed by highwaymen.
Ninth, once my faculty of hearing had become merged with the enlightened nature of hearing and so had gained independence from perceived objects, then no object, no matter how enticing, could affect me. Therefore, I can cause beings who have a great deal of desire to break free of their desire.
Tenth, once sounds were so purified that they ceased being objects of perception, then the ear-faculty and its objects became completely interfused so that there was nothing that perceived and nothing that was perceived. Therefore, I can cause beings burdened by anger and hatred to be free of their enmity.
Eleventh, once perceived objects had disappeared from my mind as I turned the light of my understanding inward, my body and mind and the entire Dharma-Realm were as bright and translucent as crystal. Therefore I can bring freedom from stupidity to beings whose natures have been so darkened by their dullness that they have had no intention of ever becoming enlightened.
Twelfth, once perceived objects became interfused and returned to the enlightened nature of hearing, I could travel to distant lands without leaving the place for awakening, and all at the same time, without any disruption, I could travel among the worlds. There I can make offerings to an infinite number of Buddhas throughout all ten directions and serve each of these Buddhas as a Dharma-Prince. For that reason, should childless beings anywhere in the ten directions wish for sons, I can cause them to have sons who will be virtuous, blessed, and wise.
Thirteenth, once my six faculties perfected an interconnected functioning and became united in their capacity to clearly perceive everything in all the worlds throughout the ten directions, my mind became like a great flawless mirror that reflected the emptiness of the Matrix of the Thus-Come One. I reverently served an infinite number of Thus-Come Ones and thoroughly mastered esoteric aspects of the Dharma. Therefore, should childless beings anywhere in the ten directions wish for daughters, I can cause them to have daughters who are upright, blessed, virtuous, compliant, wholesome in appearance, and liked and respected by all.
Fourteenth, sixty-two times as many Dharma-Princes as there are sand-grains in the River Ganges appear in each of the worlds of this system of a billion worlds, with its hundreds of billions of suns and moons, to practice the Dharma and to act as exemplars in order to teach beings how to transform themselves. With skill and wisdom, these Dharma-Princes respond in various ways to what various beings require. I have broken through to the fundamental source of my ear-faculty, thus revealing the ear as a gateway to the wondrous. My body and mind, in a subtle and wondrous way, have encompassed and pervaded the Dharma-Realm. Therefore, I can cause someone who recites my name to gain as many blessings and as much merit as someone else would gain from reciting the names of all those multitudes of Dharma-Princes – sixty-two times as many of them as there are sand-grains in the River Ganges. The blessings and merit that those two reciters will gain will be the same. World-Honored One, because, by means of my spiritual practice, I have completely broken through to enlightenment, the power of my name alone is equal to the power of all those many other names.
In this way I cause beings to develop such merit that they will have nothing to fear in fourteen kinds of dangerous situations.
Lighting a candle on New Year’s eve will enhance the light of our minds
Saturday, February 9 (Lunar New Year’s eve) – 8:00 PM ~
Our minds will be illuminated and
our ignorance will be destroyed by the Wisdom Light
when we light up lanterns and make offerings to the Buddha,
we gain the highest insights and enable us to attain supreme wisdom.
According to “Sutra of Merit and Virtue of Offering of Lamps”, it has various kinds of statements about the merit and virtue of offering lamps. If one offers lamps in front of a stupa or Buddha Hall, one will attain four kinds of joyous virtue; an adorned appearance, always being filled with wealth and fortune, having great good roots, and having great wisdom. One will also attain four kinds of purity;: purity in Body, purity in Mouth, purity in mind, and purity in decent companion.
One lamp’s brilliant light quells many years’ of darkness to herald peace.
A thousand lotus flowers’ sweet scent pierces the stratosphere to reach Ultimate Bliss.
Venerable Master Hua said:
When lighting a lamp in front of Buddhas, one will attain bright eyes. With bright eyes, one will be able to observe things that others cannot see; and they will have a better understanding than others, one will then attain the heavenly eye penetration. One will attain the five eyes; the Buddha eye, the dharma eye, the wisdom eye, the flesh eye as well as heavenly eye, the merit and virtue is thus wonderful.
For years GBM organized the Lamp Lighting Ceremony during Chinese New Year’s eve. The ceremony starts at 8pm. We will recite the Shurangama Mantra, followed by Ten Small Mantras and The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra. The ceremony officially begins when we start chanting “Namo Quelling Disasters, Lengthening Life Medicine Master Buddha”. Lots of participants including non-Buddhists visit Gold Buddha Monastery to wish for good a start in the coming year. This is a meaningful event as non-Buddhists get a chance to know more about Buddhism. Due to an overwhelming crowd, everyone has to line-up and wait for their turn to light a lamp.The ceremony ends about 9pm after transference of merit is done.
From this event, we wish to
Quell calamities and lengthen life,
Have good health and happy spirits.
Increase blessings and good fortune,
Gentle temperaments and world peace.
May the merit and virtue of lighting lamps,
be universally transferred to all beings
in the Dharma Realm
and may all attain Bodhi fruition.
May all attain bliss and leave suffering,
bring forth Bodhi resolve and attain Bodhi Way.
Feb 10-16 (Jan 1st to 7th of the lunar New Year) – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Bowing the Three Thousand Buddha Repentance
Praying for world peace, favorable weather conditions,
the peace and prosperity of all countries and people,
and the eradication of calamities and increase of blessings.
May those who see and hear about this be joyful.
May all gain benefits of Dharma and together realize Buddhahood.
Saturday, February 9 (Lunar New Year’s eve) – 1:00 PM – 3:30PM
In cultivation, there are 84,000 kinds of dharma practices, and hand-copying sutras is one of them. Sutra copying can help us focus our minds, nurture our character, and open our wisdom. The Bodhisattva Asanga once said:
“There are five benefits from handcopying a sutra:
(1) One can draw near to the Tathagata;
(2) One can gather in and gain blessings and virtues;
(3) Praising the Dharma is also cultivating;
(4) One can receive offerings from heavenly beings;
(5) One can eradicate offenses.”
In 2006, Gold Buddha Monastery started this tradition called the “First Stroke of Auspiciousness, Sutra Copying for Blessings”. This event was conducted on Chinese New Year’s Eve at 1:30 in the afternoon. All those who participated brought forth their earnest sincerity to hand-copy sutras. This year 2013, we continue to hand copy several sutras; namely, “The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra”, “Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra”, “Great Strength Bodhisattva’s Perfect Penetration Chapter”, “The Avatamsaka Sutra Preface”, “The Sutra of the Eight Awakenings of Great Sages”, “Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra”, “Medicine Master Sutra”, and “Shurangama Mantra Verses by Venerable Master Hua”.
May the merit and virtue of handcopying sutras,
be universally transferred to all beings in the Dharma Realm
and may all attain Bodhi fruition.
May all attain bliss and leave suffering,
bring forth Bodhi resolve and attain Bodhi Way.
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With joy, we welcome the auspiciousness of spring
Gold Buddha Monastery Celebrates the 2013 Lunar New Year
Saturday, February 9 – Lunar New Year’s Eve
- Efficacious syllables will shake the Heaven and Earth – recite the Great Compassion Mantra – 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
- Carefully copying sutra texts helps us enter samadhi – 1:00 PM – 3:30PM
- Lighting a candle on new year’s eve will enhance the light of our minds – 8:00 PM ~
- Compose and sign wishes for the new year – February 9-16
Sunday, February 10 to Saturday, February 16 – 1st to 7th Days of the Lunar New Year
- Bowing the Three Thousand Buddhas Repentance – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Bowing the Three Thousand Buddhas Repentance
To pray for world peace, favorable weather conditions, the peace and prosperity of all countries and people, and the eradication of calamities and increase of blessings.
May those who see and hear about this be joyful. May all gain benefits of the Dharma and together realize Buddhahood.
Before the end of 2012, Gold Buddha Monastery wishes to invite you to a Dharma talk on the Avatamsaka Sutra, Ten Unending Treasury of Precepts Chapter by Dharma Master Heng Chih. All talks are in English with Mandarin Chinese translation.
Bodhisattva Mahasattvas have ten kinds of treasuries which all the Buddhas of the past have spoken about, all the Buddhas of the future will speak about, and all the Buddhas of the present are speaking about. What are the ten? They are the Treasury of Trust, the Treasury of Precepts, the Treasury of Shame, the Treasury of Remorse, the Treasury of Learning, the Treasury of Giving, the Treasury of Wisdom, the Treasury of Mindfulness, the Treasury of Upholding, and the Treasury of Eloquence. Those are the ten.
Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua:
What are the ten Dharma Treasuries? They are as follows: the Treasury of Belief, the Treasury of Precepts, the Treasury of Shame, the Treasury of Remorse, the Treasury of Learning, the Treasury of Giving, the Treasury of Wisdom, the Treasury of Mindfulness, the Treasury of Upholding, and the Treasury of Eloquence. At present, I’ll just name the ten Dharma Treasuries and then afterwards I’ll speak about them in detail. Those are the ten Dharma Treasury Dharma doors. From out of these ten Dharma Treasuries come all the Buddhas of the past, future, and present. These Ten Dharma Treasuries are their mother.
Gold Buddha Monastery
Date：Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 10, 2013
Time：Every Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Address：248 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5T 2C3 Canada
The August 2012 schedule has been updated.
Liberation of Life ceremony in August will be held one week earlier, on August 19, 10am.