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.

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

Let’s have a taste of ch’an
An interesting stillness and quietness

In a time of uncertainty and hectic everyday life, try experiencing the serenity and self-realization of ch’an meditation. Gold Buddha Monastery will host a one-week sitting meditation retreat starting on the evening of May 9 to the evening of May 16. During this week, everyone will observe silence.

Please register at GBM’s front desk if you’re interested in participating.

Instructor: Dharma Master Heng Xing from Cixing Monastery, Hong Kong.

Time:
Meditation 4:00am-9:30pm (detailed schedule
Lecture and Q&A period 7:15-8:30pm

Medicine Master Jeweled Repentance

Medicine Master Jeweled Repentance

If we constantly think of shame and remorse everyday
Arrogance can be melted away even if it is as high as a mountain,
Dharma water will flow everywhere.

If we can repent first before doing anything else,
The fire of three poisons will be extinguished instantly.
Compassionate light shines through pervasively.

The first Sunday of Every Month / 8:30 am ~ 4:00 pm

Medicine Master Repentance

2016 Chinese New Year Events

2016 Chinese New Year Events

Chinese Sutra Copying
February 7 (Sunday)
1:00-3:00pm

Lamp Lighting Ceremony
February 7 (Sunday)
Starting at 8:00pm

Three Thousand Buddhas Repentance
February 8 – 14 (1st to the 7th of the lunar month)
8:30am – 4:00pm daily

3-Day Amitabha Session

3-Day Amitabha Session

We will host a 3-Day Amitabha Session on December 25 – 27, 2015

December 27 Schedule:
8:30am Celebration of Amitabha Buddha’s Birthday
10:00am Liberation of Life Ceremony
1:00-4:00pm Amitabha Session, Transference of Merit

During the Amitabha Session, we will single-mindedly recite Amitabha Buddha’s name to purify our body, mouth and mind and to perfect our faith of being reborn in the Western Pure Land. May we take this special opportunity to cultivate together and gain benefits of this dharma practice.

If you recite the Buddha’s name, reciting without cease,
The mouth recites “Amita” and makes things of a piece.
Scattered thoughts do not arise, samadhi you attain.
For rebirth in the Pure Land, your hope is not in vain.

Mindful of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,
One is born in the jeweled lotuses of the pure lands of the ten directions.
When the lotus blossom opens, the Buddha manifests and one attains full realization.
One is then free in each moment to come and go.

Everyone is welcome to join us, single-mindedly reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name.

Shurangama Sutra Study Group (in Mandarin Chinese)

Shurangama Sutra Study Group (in Mandarin Chinese)

Lecturer: Dharma Master Jin Yu
Every Monday & Tuesday, 7:30-9:00pm

Unless you read the Shurangama Sutra, you won’t know the key to cultivating the mind and awakening from confusion.

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The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s said in one of his talks:
The Great Master Han Shan (Silly Mountain) once said: “Unless you read the Shurangama Sutra, you won’t know the key to cultivating the mind and awakening from confusion.” This says it exactly right, because every dharma that exists is found within the Shurangama Sutra, so there are no potentials it fails to attract. It is the essential Dharma for all generations: It is the right seal for becoming a Buddha or a Patriarch.

Chan Q&A

Chan Q&A

Meditation is like food from Nature that nourishes our Dharma-Body, which nutrients from the empty space [while we meditate], and grows healthily.

Lecturer:
Dharma Master Heng Hing
Cixing Monastery, Lantou Island, Hong Kong
A Branch of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

2015 Lecture:
Date: 9/15~9/20
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

The Dharma Master will speak in Cantonese, and will be translated into Mandarin Chinese and English simultaneously.

Amitabha Buddha Pure Land Practice

Amitabha Buddha Pure Land Practice

Amitabha Buddha Pure Land Practice
Only the single Dharma of upholding the name covers the vastest range of faculties and is the easiest one to start cultivating.

Lecturer:
The City of Ten Thousand BuddhasDharma Master Heng Chih

2015 Lecture time:
9/11, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
9/12, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
9/13, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm & 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
9/14, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm & 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Master English speaker, Mandarin, Cantonese, the two languages simultaneous translation.