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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Earth Store Dharma Assembly

Earth Store Dharma Assembly

Gold Buddha Monastery will hold an Earth Store Sutra Recitation Session from July 27, 2014 to August 22, 2014.
We will recite the entire Earth Store Sutra twice daily.
During the Earth Store Dharma Assembly the Dharma Masters will give daily instructional talks, we cordially invite you to attend and together we can be showered by the Dharma rains.

The Avatamsaka Sutra Assembly and the Ceremony for Commemorating

The Avatamsaka Sutra Assembly and the Ceremony for Commemorating

Remembering the Venerable Master’s virtue, Universally turn the Flower Adornment Great Dharma

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 worthy sages are.
──Venerable Master Hua

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 constantly, not just on a daily basis, exhorted his disciples to recite the Flower Adornment Sutra and even to memorize it. In his final instructions, the Venerable Master also clearly said, “After I leave, you can recite the Flower Adornment Sutra and recite the Buddha’s name.” Therefore starting on June 1st, 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 has said, “The Flower Adornment Sutra is just like an auspicious cloud in empty space, everywhere illuminating the three thousand great thousand worlds, and like the dharma rain of sweet dew moistening all living beings. Therefore, the disciples with an utmost respectful mind and proper deportment sincerely recite four rolls of the Flower Adornment Sutra daily, in order to cleanse their bodies and minds of defilement and purify the three karmas of the body, speech, and thought with the dharma rain of the Flower Adornment. This is what the Venerable Master had hoped his disciples would do.

The Nineteenth Anniversary of Venerable Master Hua’s Entering Nirvana

The Nineteenth Anniversary of Venerable Master Hua’s Entering Nirvana

Commemoration and Gratitude

The Avatamsaka Sutra Dharma Assembly and the Commemoration of the Nineteenth Anniversary of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s Entering Nirvana Ceremony will be held at GBM.

The Venerable Master Hua had vision as vast as 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, symphathized, and benefitted living beings until they reach Buddha-hood.

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 1, 2014. GBM will also host the Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation Session from June 1-21, 2014. The time schedule for reciting the entire Avatamsaka Sutra will be from 8am-4pm daily. You are all cordially invited to attend this event.

GBM Liberation of Life Ceremony

GBM Liberation of Life Ceremony

Dear Dharma friends,

In order to satisfy our greed for food, we have poisoned the environment and mutilated Mother Nature.
Though we are far apart from the wide open sky, we are shrouded and entangled by our desires and stupidities.

With a repentant mind, we redeem the lives of the sea creatures.
With a sincere mind, we propagate the Buddha’s teaching.
With a hopeful mind, we pray for their liberation.
When we let the fishes and crabs swim back into the great ocean, we untie and rid afflictions from our souls and allow all beings to regain their freedom.
By doing this, people will be more humble, at ease, just and compassionate.

On May 25th starting at 10:00 AM, the Liberation of Life Ceremony will be held at Gold Buddha Monastery.
We welcome all to come and join us in this ceremony. For the sake of our planet, our world, our country, our society, and our families, we contribute a bit of our effort.

Liberation of Life Ceremony
Last Sunday of Every Month

Please inform others about this event.

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 ]