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Transmission of the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts

Transmission of the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts

July 3 (Sunday) – Transmission of the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts – 1:00pm
Universal Bowing will take place at 12:30pm

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.

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 are needed. Application fee is by donation. Application forms with photos can be returned to Gold Buddha Monastery. Download PDF application form. For further info, please contact Gold Buddha Monastery.

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Emperor Liang’s Jewelled Repentance

Emperor Liang’s Jewelled Repentance

Bowing this “Compassionate Way-Place Repentance Dharma” brings powerful purification of our karma.

May all living beings enter the door of compassion, may their bodhi grow and may faults be repented of.

There will be lectures during lunch and in the evening by various Dharma Masters.

June 25 – July 2
Daily from 8:30am-5:00pm

Making Offerings to Heaven Ceremony
July 3 – 7:00am-10:00am

Recitation is in Mandarin, sutra texts contain English transliteration.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation Session

Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation Session

The Avatamsaka Sutra: A Wholesome Dharma Bringing One Riches and Honour

It is both vast and subtle. Let it go and it fills the whole universe. Roll it up and it secretly hides away.

— The Flower Adornment Sutra

There will be lectures during lunch and in the evening by various Dharma Masters.

June 4
The Ceremony Commemorating the 22nd Anniversary of Venerable Master Hua’s Entering Nirvana

June 4 – 24
Avatamsaka Sutra recitation, daily from 8:00am-4:00pm
Recitation is in Mandarin, sutra texts contain English transliteration

Everyone is welcome to join us.

 

 

Six​-S​yllable Mantra Dharma Assembly

Six​-S​yllable Mantra Dharma Assembly

Venerable Master Hsuan Hua:

“OM MA NI PAD ME HUM” – these six ​syllables ​together make up the Six​-Syllable Great Bright Mantra; each one individually is able to emit brilliant light. If you are able to constantly recite the Six-​Syllable ​Great Bright Mantra, there will be six paths of light changing the darkness of the six destinies into brightness.

Join us for a one-day retreat on reciting OM MA NI PAD ME HUM on Sunday, March 5 from 8:30am – 5:00pm.

2017 Chinese New Year Festivities

2017 Chinese New Year Festivities

  • Jan 15 (Sun) 1:00-3:00pm – Couplet Writing
  • Jan 22 (Sun) 1:00-3:00pm – Copying Sutras
  • Jan 27 (Fri) 8:00pm – Lamp Lighting & Bell Ringing Ceremony on Chinese New Year Eve
  • Jan 28 (Sat) ~ Feb 3 (Fri) – Three Thousand Buddhas Repentance
  • Jan 29 (Sun) 10:00am – GBM Taiko Drumming Performance
  • Feb 5 (Sun) 11:30am – Riddle Guessing

Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session

Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session

From December 25-31 8:30am-5:00pm, Gold Buddha Monastery will host an Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session.

The dharma door of reciting the Buddha’s name will be explained in detail during lunch hour talks.

Dharma Master Heng Chih, a senior monastic from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, will lecture on Master Ou Yi’s Key Explanation of Amitabha Sutra in the evenings from 7:30-9:00pm.

2016 Year End Dharma Feast

2016 Year End Dharma Feast

Year End Dharma Feast
Sutra Lectures & Buddha Recitation Dharma Assemblies

On December 19-24 from 7:30-9:00pm, Gold Buddha Monastery has invited senior Bhikshuni Heng Chih from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to lecture on the Worthy Leader Chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra.

From December 25-31, Gold Buddha Monastery will host an Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session.
Daily lectures during lunch time will introduce the dharma door of reciting the Buddha’s name.
Dharma Master Heng Chih will lecture on Master Ou Yi’s Key Explanation of Amitabha in the evenings from 7:30-9:00pm.

Everyone is welcome to join us, please help spread the word.

Special Event During Emperor Liang’s Repentance 2016

Special Event During Emperor Liang’s Repentance 2016

Lectures on Repentance and Chan Meditation Q&A

“Only through repenting and reforming we can eliminate all enmity and resentment.”

We have invited special guests:
Dharma Master Heng Hing / Cixing Monastery, Lantou Island, Hong Kong
Dharma Master Jin Xiao / Long Beach Monastery, CA, USA

During the Emperor Liang’s Repentance (September 3 – 10), there will be insightful lectures during lunchtime (11:30am – 12:30pm) and in the evenings (7:30pm – 9:00pm).

May all living beings enter the door of compassion, may their bodhi roots grow and may faults be repented of.

Avatamsaka Sutra Session & the 21st Anniversary of VM’s Entering Nirvana

Avatamsaka Sutra Session & the 21st Anniversary of VM’s Entering Nirvana

Commemoration and Gratitude

The Venerable Master Hua had visions as vast as the 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, sympathized, and benefited living beings until they reach Buddhahood.

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 12, 2016. GBM will also host the Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation Session from June 12- July 2, 2016. We will recite the Avatamsaka Sutra 8am-4pm daily. You are all cordially invited to attend this event.

Remembering the Venerable Master’s Virtue, Universally Turning the Great Dharma of the Flower Adornment

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 sages are.
──Venerable Master Hua

Because 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 frequently told his disciples to recite the Flower Adornment Sutra and even to memorize it. In his final instructions, the Venerable Master also said, “After I leave, you can recite the Flower Adornment Sutra.” Therefore starting on June 12th, 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 water of life to all living beings. His disciples solemnly and with proper deportment recite four rolls of the Flower Adornment Sutra daily. So they can cleanse the body and mind and purify their actions, speech, and thoughts with the rains from Flower Adornment Dharma. This is what the Venerable Master had hoped his disciples would do.