GBM will have festivities starting from the lunar new year eve until the 7th day of the lunar month. There will be activities and bowing sessions to pray for blessings. We ask the Triple Jewel of the ten directions, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, dharma protectors and deities and virtuous sages to bless us with peace, blessings and wisdom and for our bodhi roots to grow. May the merit accrued from these activities bring peace to world, favourable weather, a prosperous society, calamities to vanish and more blessings. May all leave suffering and gain happiness and attain the sages ground.
During the festivities, plaques may be written to pray for blessings or for crossing over the deceased. Lamps can also be lit to pray for blessings. Registration must be done in person.
We welcome all to join us, in praying for the world, our country, the society and our families.
1/22 (Sunday) Lunar New Year’s eve
(1) Great Compassion Mantra Recitation – 8:30am ~
(2) Sutra Copying – 1:00pm ~ 4:00pm
(3) Lamp Lighting Ceremony – 8:00pm
1/23-29 (Monday ~ Sunday) The 1st to 7th Day of the Lunar Calendar
(4) Compose and sign wishes for the New Year
(5) Three Thousand Buddhas Repentance – 8:30am ~ 4:00pm
The Liberation of Life ceremony will resume on 1/29 (Sunday)
To pray for world peace, countries’ peace and prosperity, favorable weather conditions,
proper Dharma to exist and the turning of the Dharma wheel, Gold Buddha Monastery will host the Emperor Liang’s Repentance Ceremony. This is a great Dharma event to pray for the eradication of calamities and an increase in blessings. All are invited and welcome to join in the event and share in the showering of dharma rain.
Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance
A talk by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
Emperor Wu of Liang Dynasty was a Buddhist and always made offerings to the Triple Jewel. One of his wives, Lady Chi didn’t believe in the Triple Jewel – the Buddha, the Dharma or the Sangha. Because of that, she was reborn as a python and came back to ask Emperor Liang to rescue her. She said, “Do you remember who I am? I was your wife, Chi Hui. Because I didn’t believe in nor did I respect the Triple Jewel, I fell to the animal realm and was reborn a python.” Emperor Wu requested Chan Master Bao Zhi to cross her over. Actually, when Lady Chi was alive, she opposed Master Bao Zhi. It wasn’t until after her death and being reborn as a python, did she bow in repentance to him.
Chan Master Bao Zhi complied what we know today as the “Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance”, for Emperor Wu to bow this repentance for his wife. The merit and virtue from bowing this repentance helped Lady Chi attain liberation from her python body and she was reborn in the heavens.
For those who are interested in taking refuge or taking the five precepts, an application form must be filled out and two passport size photos need to be supplied. Application fee is by donation. Application forms with photos can be returned to Gold Buddha Monastery. Download PDF application form
Taking refuge: going through a formal ceremony to become a Buddhist. The Triple Jewels or Three Refuges are the Buddha,the Dharma and the Sangha.
Taking the five precepts: to refrain from killing, from stealing, from sexual misconduct, from lying, and from taking intoxicants.
July 19th is the actual day of Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment (19th day of the 6th lunar month). This Sunday is the celebration, followed by a week long Guan Yin Session. All are welcome to join this event.
Date: July 17 – 23, 2011
Time 8:00am – 4:30pm
Details: Recitation of the Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra twice, recitation of Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s name, dedication of merit.
Every year we have a weekly session,
This is for the sake of the ridding the world’s poison.
The world’s air is now polluted,
The universe is brewing poisonous air,
Any method to rid this is useless.
We can only sincerely ask the Buddhas to emit light, purging this poison,
Eliminating this shadowless and formless air.
In keeping the tradition of our annual events, Cherishing Youth Day will be held on June 12 this year. All activities will take place in the parking lot behind GBM’s building. The event is FREE and registration for participation takes place at the Wishing Tree.
Schedule is as follows:
10:00 am – Performances
10:20 am – Lunch ceremony
10:50 am – Vegetarian lunch
11:20 am – Wishing-tree & Games start
01:30 pm – Giving out prizes
01:55 pm – Verse for Transferring Merit
02:00 pm – Clean up
Universally Turning the Great Flower Adornment Dharma Wheel In Memory of the Virtue and Kindness of the Venerable Master Hua
“The Flower Adornment (Avatamsaka) Sutra is the Sutra of the Dharma Realm. It is also the Sutra of Empty Space. To the end of empty 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 assembly of sages are.” ── Venerable Master Hua
Because the Venerable Master Hua deeply understood the inconceivable state of the great Flower Adornment Dharma and wanted his disciples to begin at the most basic level, he frequently exhorted his disciples to recite the Flower Adornment Sutra and even to memorize it. In his final instructions, the Master also said, “After I leave, you can recite the Flower Adornment Sutra.” Therefore starting on June 5th, 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 often said, “The Flower Adornment Sutra is just like an auspicious cloud in empty space, pervading the three thousand great thousand worlds and giving moisture to all living beings. Once a week, the disciples solemnly and with proper deportment performed the Flower Adornment Repentance, in which they universally bowed in homage to the infinitely infinite Triple Jewel of the Flower Adornment Sealike Assembly. Cleansing the body and mind with the Flower Adornment Dharma rain, they sincerely repented and reformed themselves, began anew, and purified their actions, speech, and thought. This is what the Venerable Master had hoped his disciples would do.
The Avatamsaka Sutra Assembly & the Ceremony Commemorating the Sixteenth Anniversary of Venerable Master Hua’s Entering Nirvana
The Venerable’s vision was vast like the Dharma Realm. For the sake of bringing peace to living beings and promoting mutual harmony between religions, he worked endlessly.
The Venerable’s kind and compassionate vows pervades the Dharma Realm. Due to living beings ignorance and hindrances from seeing their true nature, he was mindful of them. He resolved to teach living beings compassionately to their benefit, until they too reached Buddhahood.
The Venerable was modest and selfless, compassionately drawing affinities with all, unconditionally. For the sake of living beings, he lifted the torch of wisdom to shed light for those in the dark.
In expressing our deep gratitude & recollection of the Venerable Master Hua, the Commemorating Ceremony & Passing of Offerings will be held on June 5. GBM will also host the Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation Session from June 5-25, 2011. The Avatamsaka Sutra will be recited from 8am – 4pm daily. You are cordially invited.
Japan Disaster-relief Piano Concert at the Berkeley Monastery
The Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Northern California warmly invite you to a fund-raising piano concert for disaster relief in Japan, featuring internationally renowned pianist Gwhyneth Chen.
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011 Time: 2:30 pm Venue: Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
2304 McKinley Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703 USA
Tel: 510.848.3440 Admission: free
All donations welcome.
A reception with refreshments will follow the concert.