Meditation Class

Meditation Class

Meditation is the art and wisdom of life
Let us together experience a life of awareness, renunciation, ease and peacefulness which is totally different than our everyday lives.
The class will be held on every Saturday 7:30pm to 9:00 pm at Gold Buddha Monastery

Ceremony for Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday

Ceremony for Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday

Celebration for Bathing the Buddha can be regarded as the most important among all annual Buddhist ceremonies. At this time of year, many people will spare some time to go to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to attend this event during their busy schedules. This year on the morning of May 24th, a Dharma Assembly of Bathing the Buddha will be held at the Gold Buddha Monastery, so people can come to bathe the Buddha. In the afternoon, we will bow the Avatamsaka Repentance.

The purpose for Bathing the Buddha Dharma Assembly is to celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday. According to the historical records, Shakysmuni Buddha had cultivated this blessing and wisdom for three kalpas until he had perfected three kinds of enlightenments and is replete with myriads of virtues. Then he ride on a white elephant with six tusks from the inner court of Tushida Heaven descended to the Human realm on the 8th day of 4th month of the Buddhist Calendar.

After he was born, nine dragons appeared in the sky poured water on the Buddha to bathe his body. The Buddha then walked 7 steps on each of four direction with a lotus flower under his feet, he pointed one finger to the heavens and pointed one finger to the earth and said:”In the heavens above and in all that is below, only I am the most honourable.”

After saying that, he resumed the form of a baby and was named Prince Sidadha. Later, he became a fundamental teacher in Saha World. People named this day as “Bathing the Buddha Festival” to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday.

Actually, Bathing the Buddha is just an external symbolism. The real meaning of it is to sweep away the dust in our mind while we are bathing the Buddha.

In Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s lecture on Bathing the Buddha ceremony, he pointed out the real meaning of the Bathing the Buddha Dharma Assembly. He said: “The meaning behind Bathing the Buddha is to wash away our filth. Bathing the Buddha is to make our body and mind clear so it can leave the filth behind. The biggest so called “filth” is affliction. If we can get rid of affliction then the darkness in our mind will be washed clean. So we will obtain wisdom and will not do muddled things.”

To bathe the Buddha is to rid the filth in our body and mind.
We take these fragrant flowers and pure water to worship and praise the Buddha.
May these three scoops of Buddha bathing water can purify all of our minds.

Ceremony for Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday – 8:30 a.m.
Avatamsaka Repentance  –  1:00 p.m.

Verses Delineating The Eight Consciousnesses

Verses Delineating The Eight Consciousnesses

Let us understand the essence of life together. We can see through all false marks and then return to the truth.

Lecturer: Dharma Master Heng Yi

The second, third and fourth Sunday of every month 1:00 -2:30 pm

Verses Delineating The Eight Consciousnesses

 

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

Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance

Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance

To pray for world peace, the nation’s peace and prosperity, favorable weather conditions, proper Dharma to exist, and the turning of the Dharma wheel…

An Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance and The Ritual of Offering to the Heavens will be held at the Gold Buddha Monastery from Aug.25th to Sept.2nd. There will be daily instructional talks by the Dharma Masters. We cordially invite you to attend these great events and together we can be showered by the Dharma Rain.

8/25 – 9/1
08:30 am – 10:10 am Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance
10:30 am – 11:00 am Meal Offering
11:40 am – 12:10 pm Dharma talk by Bhikshu (Lunch time)
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Evening Ceremony
07:00 pm – 08:30 pm Dharma talk by Bhikshu
08:30 pm – 09:00 pm Shurangama Heart Mantra and Transference

8/31 (Sunday) 10:00 am Liberation of Life

9/2 (Tuesday)
07:00 am – 10:00 am The Ritual of Offering to the Heavens
10:20 am – 10:50 am Meal Offering
01:00 pm – 02:15 pm Great Compassion Repentance
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Evening Ceremony
08:30 pm – 09:00 pm Shurangama Heart Mantra and Transference

Transmission of the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts & 30th Anniversary

Transmission of the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts & 30th Anniversary

【8/23 (Saturday)】
08:30 am – 10:00 am Dharma talk by Bhikshu
10:20 am – 10:50 am Meal Offering
01:00 pm – 03:00 pm Transmission of the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Evening Ceremony
08:30 pm – 09:00 pm Shurangama Heart Mantra and Transference

【8/24 (Sunday) GBM 30th Anniversary Celebration】
08:30 am – 10:00 am Dharma talk by Bhikshu
10:10 am – 10:50 am Taiko Drums / Puppet Show
11:00 am – 11:30 am Meal Offering
11:30 am – 02:00 pm Food Fair Start (Various festivities and activities)
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Evening Ceremony
07:00 pm – 08:30 pm Dharma talk by Bhikshu
08:30 pm – 09:00 pm Shurangama Heart Mantra and Transference

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