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Cherishing Youth Day

Cherishing Youth Day

Gold Buddha Monastery is holding our annual event Cherishing Youth Day. Please get the word out.
Time: Jun 14
Theme: Doing something that will benefit yourself and your family

In addition to the usual games and events, we hope to include activities that will strengthen familial bonds; through wishing cards, we wish to help children of all ages instill a sense of belonging in an inclusive family.
We welcome all to attend!

Meditation Class

Meditation Class

Meditation is the art and wisdom of life
Let us together experience a life of awareness, renunciation, ease and peacefulness which is totally different than our everyday lives.
The class will be held on every Saturday 7:30pm to 9:00 pm at Gold Buddha Monastery

Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance

Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance

To pray for world peace, the nation’s peace and prosperity, favorable weather conditions, proper Dharma to exist, and the turning of the Dharma wheel…

An Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance and The Ritual of Offering to the Heavens will be held at the Gold Buddha Monastery from Aug.25th to Sept.2nd. There will be daily instructional talks by the Dharma Masters. We cordially invite you to attend these great events and together we can be showered by the Dharma Rain.

8/25 – 9/1
08:30 am – 10:10 am Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance
10:30 am – 11:00 am Meal Offering
11:40 am – 12:10 pm Dharma talk by Bhikshu (Lunch time)
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Evening Ceremony
07:00 pm – 08:30 pm Dharma talk by Bhikshu
08:30 pm – 09:00 pm Shurangama Heart Mantra and Transference

8/31 (Sunday) 10:00 am Liberation of Life

9/2 (Tuesday)
07:00 am – 10:00 am The Ritual of Offering to the Heavens
10:20 am – 10:50 am Meal Offering
01:00 pm – 02:15 pm Great Compassion Repentance
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Evening Ceremony
08:30 pm – 09:00 pm Shurangama Heart Mantra and Transference

Earth Store Dharma Assembly

Earth Store Dharma Assembly

Gold Buddha Monastery will hold an Earth Store Sutra Recitation Session from July 27, 2014 to August 22, 2014.
We will recite the entire Earth Store Sutra twice daily.
During the Earth Store Dharma Assembly the Dharma Masters will give daily instructional talks, we cordially invite you to attend and together we can be showered by the Dharma rains.

The Avatamsaka Sutra Assembly and the Ceremony for Commemorating

The Avatamsaka Sutra Assembly and the Ceremony for Commemorating

Remembering the Venerable Master’s virtue, Universally turn the Flower Adornment Great Dharma

The Flower Adornment (Avatamsaka) Sutra is the sutra of the Dharma Realm. It is also the sutra of Infinite Space. To the ends of infinity space and pervading the Dharma Realm, there is not a single place where the Flower Adornment Sutra is not present. Any place where the Flower Adornment Sutra is found is also a place where the Buddha is, a place where the Dharma is, and a place where the Sangha of worthy sages are.
──Venerable Master Hua

The Venerable Master Hua deeply understood this inconceivable state of the Great Flower Adornment Dharma and wanted his disciples to begin at the most basic level. He constantly, not just on a daily basis, exhorted his disciples to recite the Flower Adornment Sutra and even to memorize it. In his final instructions, the Venerable Master also clearly said, “After I leave, you can recite the Flower Adornment Sutra and recite the Buddha’s name.” Therefore starting on June 1st, GBM will host a 21-day Flower Adornment Dharma recitation session, hoping to offer everyone the opportunity to steep themselves in the Great Flower Adornment Dharma, understand a little bit of its flavor, and plant limitless good roots.

The Venerable Master has said, “The Flower Adornment Sutra is just like an auspicious cloud in empty space, everywhere illuminating the three thousand great thousand worlds, and like the dharma rain of sweet dew moistening all living beings. Therefore, the disciples with an utmost respectful mind and proper deportment sincerely recite four rolls of the Flower Adornment Sutra daily, in order to cleanse their bodies and minds of defilement and purify the three karmas of the body, speech, and thought with the dharma rain of the Flower Adornment. This is what the Venerable Master had hoped his disciples would do.

The Nineteenth Anniversary of Venerable Master Hua’s Entering Nirvana

The Nineteenth Anniversary of Venerable Master Hua’s Entering Nirvana

Commemoration and Gratitude

The Avatamsaka Sutra Dharma Assembly and the Commemoration of the Nineteenth Anniversary of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s Entering Nirvana Ceremony will be held at GBM.

The Venerable Master Hua had vision as vast as Dharma Realm. He had endeavored himself through various levels of communities, trying endlessly to promote mutual harmony between religions and bring peace to living beings.

The kind and compassionate vows of the Venerable Master has pervaded the Dharma Realm. Living beings are obstructed by their stupidity and ignorance and are unable to see their true nature; therefore, the Venerable Master constantly taught and transformed, symphathized, and benefitted living beings until they reach Buddha-hood.

The Venerable Master was humble and selfless, and with unconditional great kindness towards all. For the sake of living beings in the long, dark night of the Dharma-ending Age, he raised the torch of wisdom.

To express our deep gratitude & remembrance of the Venerable Master Hua, the Commemorating Ceremony and Great Meal Offering Ceremony will be held on June 1, 2014. GBM will also host the Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation Session from June 1-21, 2014. The time schedule for reciting the entire Avatamsaka Sutra will be from 8am-4pm daily. You are all cordially invited to attend this event.

Amitabha Session

Amitabha Session

Dear Dharma friends,

We will be celebrating Amitabha Buddha’s birthday on December 15 (Sunday) and have our annual week-long Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session from Decemeber 15th to the 21st. The session will start from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; we will recite the Amitabha Buddha Sutra twice and recite Amitabha Buddha’s name daily.

* Celebration of Amitabha Buddha’s Birthday – December 15, 2013
* Amitabha Session – December 15-21, 2013schedule

The Saha world’s unlimited impermanence, unlimited darkness, unlimited hardships, myriads of painful illness, myriads of entanglements, myriads of afflictions, they have no boundaries and are like seas of suffering.

Amitabha Buddha has all kinds of great vows, all encompassing compassion, all encompassing types of mindfulness, all kinds of relief, all kinds of teachings, all kinds of expedients, they have no limit and is like the vessel for salvation.

In this Pureland within this mundane world, the Buddha’s name was recited sound after sound. In the Land of Ultimate Bliss, lotus flowers are flourishing day by day. In a seven-day session, the nature of Thus Come One’s mind is revealed. One can suddenly attain certification of enlightenment, as though one has first awakened from the big dream.

We recite the Buddha’s name with sincerity and honesty. There’s no a trace of false thought in our minds, and our minds which can correspond with one another. Our minds can transform the outer states. All mundane and filthy dust becomes the pure land.

We recite the Buddha’s name continually and unceasingly. Our bodies emit light of kindness, light shines upon one another. This light can remove darkness. All beings on the path of evil destiny will ascent to Heaven.

We recite the Buddha’s name with the thought that both people and Dharma are empty. There are only the vows left. All vows contain compassion and sympathy. Vows can unite all beings. All living beings whether with sentient or without sentient can accomplish Buddha hood.

When one does good deeds wholeheartedly, one lamp can light up to 100 lamps. When being kind and compassionate in every thought, demons can be turned into Buddha’s disciples. When uniting everyone’s strength, tasks can be accomplished, and energy can be garnered to save the world.

When all the light of the world shines together, reciting the Buddha’s name will bring blessings to the world.

Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s instructions during an Amitabha Session [ pdf file ]

2013 Events

2013 Events

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.

  • 8/4 – Water Repentance
  • 8/7 ~ 8/30 – Earth Store Sutra Recitation (2 recitations daily at 8am & 1pm) [ POSTER ]
  • 8/25 – Liberation of life (10am)
  • 8/31 – Transmission of 3 Refugees and 5 Precepts [ POSTER ] & Transmission of Precepts for the Deceased [ POSTER ]
  • 9/1 – Inauguration Ceremony [ POSTER ] & High Meal Offering [ POSTER ]
  • 9/2 ~ 9/10 – Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance [ POSTER ]

If you wish to participate and require lodging, please contact us in advance to make arrangements.

Invitation to the Inauguration Ceremony at Gold Buddha Monastery

Gold Buddha Monastery, located in Vancouver, Canada will celebrate the completion of its 10,000 Buddha Hall at the end of August, after more than two years of construction. As part of the inaugration of the Vairochana Buddha statue, Gold Buddha Monastery will hold a series of events:

August 31st (Saturday) afternoon: Transmission of the three refuges and five precepts. In the evening, Reverend Heng Sure will host the ceremony for transmitting precepts for the deceased. This is a ceremony for those who wish to take precepts on behalf of their deceased relatives and friends, so that they may also plant seeds of the Jeweled Vajra precepts life after life. This ceremony is beneficial for both the living and the deceased. After the ceremony, Dharma Masters will give talks on the dharma.

September 1st (Sunday): Dragon and Lion Dances by members of the Boys’ Developing Virtue High School and Gold Buddha Monastery’s Taiko Drumming group will open the day. After that a High Meal Offering Ceremony will commence. The ceremony is a formal request for the Dharma host to speak Dharma. The Venerable Master had said, ”This kind of ceremony is very important to the monastery. Members of the fourfold assembly who live in the monastery must attend this ceremony. A billboard will post the talks given for one and half months or a week … The high meal offering is held in a lively setting; the drum and bell are played and then Dharma is spoken for those who make the request.” This ceremony will be the first held in North America after the Venerable Master’s entering nirvana, so there’s profound meaning in this.

Sept. 2nd – Sept, 10th: Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance, We welcome all, old and new, to attend.

Gold Buddha Monastery sincerely invites all of you to attend these activities mentioned above.

Precepts for the Deceased: An Inconceivable Dharma Door

Taking the Precepts for the Deceased is an act of great filial respect. People who recite the Earth Store Sutra ought to know this. We’re here in the yang (positive energy) realm but when people die they leave the yang realm. And their intermediate body are in purgatory, and it can be called the realm of King Yama. Sometimes King Yama does not immediately determine a soul’s next rebirth, and so it remains in the underworld. ( Continue reading )

Lighting a Lamp on New Year’s Eve

Lighting a Lamp on New Year’s Eve

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.