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2016 Lecture Series – The Ebb & Flow of Life (FREE)

2016 Lecture Series – The Ebb & Flow of Life (FREE)

In our long journey in life, is it smooth sailing, or is it full of obstacles and difficulties?

Let’s face it and discuss it together!

Speakers and Topics:

John Vu, Professor 武親道教授

Professor Vu was Chief Software Engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplane (Retired). He is the Director of the Master’s Program in Biotechnology at School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

8/6 (Sat 1-3pm) – Issues with college admission, career planning and work life balance
8/7 (Sun 1-3pm) – Issues with parent – children relationship

Raymond Yeh, Ph.D. 葉祖堯博士

Dr. Yeh taught at several universities. He was chairman of the Computer Science Department at both University of Texas at Austin and University of Maryland. He served as a consultant to several nations as well as many corporations. He co-founded two professional societies as well as two software companies.

8/20 (Sat 1-3pm) – How to Make Sense in a Turbulent World
8/28 (Sun 1-3pm) – How to Make Changes in Life

Priscilla Yeh, MBA 周瑞芬女士

Mrs. Yeh holds a MBA degree from University of Illinois. She managed two software companies co-founded with her husband, Dr. Yeh, for over 20 years. She has also been counseling parents, students, cancer patients as well as giving leadership workshops with her husband.

8/21 (Sun 1-3pm) – How to Create Your Life Journey
8/27 (Sat 1-3pm) – How to Build Harmonious Relationships

Lectures will be given in four languages simultaneously —English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese.

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.

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)

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.


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.

2015 Shurangama Sutra Lecture Series

2015 Shurangama Sutra Lecture Series

Come and investigate together
The method to save the world
And the secret to regulating the mind.

Lecturer: Dharma Master Heng Yi
The second, third and fourth Sunday of every month 1:00 – 2:30 pm
English translation available if needed.

Re-announcement of an ongoing lecture: Cantonese explanation of the Shurangama Sutra
Lecturer: Mr. Sau Keung Chan (陳壽強居士)
Every Saturday 9:30am – 10:30am

2014 Chinese New Year Events

2014 Chinese New Year Events

Dear Dharma friends,

The old year has passed and we welcome the new year,
Thousands of auspicious clouds gather many delighted crowds.

With joy we welcome the auspiciousness of spring,
Gold Buddha Monastery Celebrates the Lunar New Year

We sincerely invite you to take part in the following Dharma Assemblies:

  1. Recite the Shurangama Mantra – Sunday, January 26, 8:30 am
  2. Liberating Life – Sunday, January 26, 10:00 am   [ more info ] / [ poster ]
  3. Sutra Copying – Sunday, January 26, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm [ notes ] / [ poster ]
  4. Praying for Blessings by Lighting Lamps and Hitting the Bell – Thursday, January 30 (Lunar New Year’s eve), 8:00 pm
    [ notes ] / [ poster ]
  5. Compose and write wishes for the New Year – January 31~February 6, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
  6. Bowing the Three Thousand Buddha Repentance – January 31~February 6 (1st to 7th days of the lunar New Year), 8:30 am – 4:00 pm   [ poster ]

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.

Everyone is welcome to join in our festivities.

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 ]