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.
June & July 2012 schedules are now online.
Liberation of Life ceremony in June will be held one week earlier, on June 17, 10am.
The photo gallery has been updated with Chinese New Year Photos. Click here.
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)
PDF photo books
As construction work has started, we are open to the public on Sundays only, with Earth Store Sutra recitation and Great Compassion Repentance in lieu of our regular schedule. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience due to our renovations. If a visit is needed, please call to make arrangements ahead of time.
Gold Buddha Monastery
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.
Due to renovation construction work, the public schedule will change after September 5, 2011. Dharma assemblies will take place on Sundays only, with Earth Store Sutra recitation in the morning and Great Compassion Repentance in the afternoon.
This will be in effect until further notice. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
Date: September 5, 2011 (Monday)
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.