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Lighting a Lamp on New Year’s Eve

Lighting a Lamp on New Year’s Eve

Lighting a candle on New Year’s eve will enhance the light of our minds
Saturday, February 9 (Lunar New Year’s eve) – 8:00 PM ~

Our minds will be illuminated and
our ignorance
will be destroyed by the Wisdom Light
when we light up lanterns and make offerings to the Buddha,
we gain the highest insights and enable us to attain supreme wisdom.

According to “Sutra of Merit and Virtue of Offering of Lamps”, it has various kinds of statements about the merit and virtue of offering lamps. If one offers lamps in front of a stupa or Buddha Hall, one will attain four kinds of joyous virtue; an adorned appearance, always being filled with wealth and fortune, having great good roots, and having great wisdom. One will also attain four kinds of purity;: purity in Body, purity in Mouth, purity in mind, and purity in decent companion.

One lamp’s brilliant light quells many years’ of darkness to herald peace.
A thousand lotus flowers’ sweet scent pierces the stratosphere to reach Ultimate Bliss.

­Venerable Master Hua said:

When lighting a lamp in front of Buddhas, one will attain bright eyes. With bright eyes, one will be able to observe things that others cannot see; and they will have a better understanding than others, one will then attain the heavenly eye penetration. One will attain the five eyes; the Buddha eye, the dharma eye, the wisdom eye, the flesh eye as well as heavenly eye, the merit and virtue is thus wonderful.

For years GBM organized the Lamp Lighting Ceremony during Chinese New Year’s eve. The ceremony starts at 8pm. We will recite  the Shurangama Mantra, followed by Ten Small Mantras and The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra. The ceremony officially begins when we start chanting “Namo Quelling Disasters, Lengthening Life Medicine Master Buddha”. Lots of participants including non-Buddhists visit Gold Buddha Monastery to wish for good a start in the coming year. This is a meaningful event as non-Buddhists get a chance to know more about Buddhism. Due to an overwhelming crowd, everyone has to line-up and wait for their turn to light a lamp.The ceremony ends about 9pm after transference of merit is done.

From this event, we wish to

Quell calamities and lengthen life,
Have good health and happy spirits.
Increase blessings and  good fortune,
Gentle temperaments and world peace.


May the merit and virtue of lighting lamps,
be universally transferred to all beings
in the Dharma Realm
and may all attain Bodhi fruition.
May all attain bliss and leave suffering,
bring forth Bodhi resolve and attain Bodhi Way.

3000 Buddhas Repentance

3000 Buddhas Repentance

Feb 10-16 (Jan 1st to 7th of the lunar New Year) – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Bowing the Three Thousand Buddha Repentance

Praying 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 Dharma and together realize Buddhahood.

Sutra Copying for Blessings

Sutra Copying for Blessings

Saturday, February 9 (Lunar New Year’s eve) – 1:00 PM – 3:30PM

In cultivation, there are 84,000 kinds of dharma practices, and hand-copying sutras is one of them. Sutra copying can help us focus our minds, nurture our character, and open our wisdom. The Bodhisattva Asanga once said:

“There are five benefits from handcopying a sutra:
(1) One can draw near to the Tathagata;
(2) One can gather in and gain blessings and virtues;
(3) Praising the Dharma is also cultivating;
(4) One can receive offerings from heavenly beings;
(5) One can eradicate offenses.”

In 2006, Gold Buddha Monastery started this tradition called the “First Stroke of Auspiciousness, Sutra Copying for Blessings”. This event was conducted on Chinese New Year’s Eve at 1:30 in the afternoon. All those who participated brought forth their earnest sincerity to hand-copy sutras. This year 2013, we continue to hand copy several sutras; namely, “The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra”, “Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra”, “Great Strength Bodhisattva’s Perfect Penetration Chapter”, “The Avatamsaka Sutra Preface”, “The Sutra of the Eight Awakenings of Great Sages”, “Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra”, “Medicine Master Sutra”, and “Shurangama Mantra Verses by Venerable Master Hua”.

May the merit and virtue of handcopying sutras,
be universally transferred to all beings in the Dharma Realm
and may all attain Bodhi fruition.
May all attain bliss and leave suffering,
bring forth Bodhi resolve and attain Bodhi Way.

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2013 Lunar New Year Events

2013 Lunar New Year Events

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.

Avatamsaka Sutra: Ten Unending Treasury of Precepts Chapter

Avatamsaka Sutra: Ten Unending Treasury of Precepts Chapter

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.

Sutra text:

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
Tel:(604) 709-0248

GBM’s 2012 Chinese New Year Events

GBM’s 2012 Chinese New Year Events

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)

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