Tomb Sweeping Day Festival April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018 is what is known as Tomb Sweeping Day Festival, Qing Ming Festival. On this day families from near and far visit the tombs of their ancestors. If you Google Qing Meng Festival, you may enjoy reading about the history of the festival, and how/why it is celebrated. It is a very touching and inspiring story.

Many temples and monasteries schedule a yearly Qing Ming Ceremony.

The THE FILIAL PIETY SUTRA may be recited within your daily prayer offerings, if you feel so inclined. Reciting this Sutra brings blessing to our departed ancestors, it also benefits oneself – generating positive karmic merit.

May all benefit!

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Birthday of Guan Shi Yin Pusa April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018, the 19th day of the second month of the Lunar calendar, we celebrate the Birthday of Guan Shi Yin Pusa.

We suggest reciting the Universal Gateway of Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva chapter from the Lotus Sutra. Here is a PDF of the chapter for convenient download: Universal Gateway of Guanyin Bodhisattva Sutra

Namo Guan Shi Yin Pusa

 

Special Practice Days February and March 2018

1/31/2018 (Wednesday)

 Total Lunar Eclipse

On January 31st, 2018, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse. We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra on this special day. 

The karmic benefits and merits of practicing and meditation during the lunar eclipse will turn to hundred thousand times.  We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate great merit and benefits.

Please click the following link for more information: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2018Jan31T.pdf.

2/15/2018 (Thursday)

Partial Solar Eclipse & Last day of the Fire Rooster year

On February 15, 2018, there will be a Partial Solar eclipse.

The karmic benefits and merit of practicing and meditation will be multiplied 1000 million times during the solar eclipse. We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate merit and benefits.

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” to accumulate merit

Please click the following link for more information: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2018Feb15P.GIF

2/16/2018 (Friday)

New Year (Losar Tashi Delek! Year of the Earth Dog)

Please reciteShakyamuni Buddha’s mantraThe Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds” and “The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra to accumulate benefits and merit.

During the first two weeks of the 1st Tibetan month, it is celebrated that the Buddha Shakyamuni displayed a miracle each day to increase the merit and devotion of future disciples.

3/01/2018 (Thursday), the 14th of the 1st month, is Milarepa’s anniversary. Extra practice is highly advised.

It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on the Day of Miracles, so practice is strongly advised.

We also would like to suggest reciting Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds during the first two weeks of the 1stmonth (2/16/2018-3/01/2018) to accumulate merit and benefits.

With thanks to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center who keeps us abreast of upcoming Special Days for practice. May all benefit!

Special Practice Days in November & December 2017

 

11/10/2017 (Friday)

Lord Buddha’s Descent from Heaven (the 22nd of the 9th month)

November 10, 2017 is an anniversary date of Lord Buddha’s Descent from the Heaven.   It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on this special day, so we would like to suggest you to recite Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deedson this auspicious holy date to accumulate merit and benefits.

 12/21/2017 (Thursday)

The first day of Winter

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

  12/31/2017 (Sunday)

The last day of 2017

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

Thank you to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us abreast of these special practice days for the benefit of all.

Cremation Ceremony of Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche

Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, spiritual leader of the Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center of Danville, NJ, and Taipei, Taiwan, and accomplished scholar of the Drigung Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, passed away on the 15th of October, 2017 in Denville, NJ. Following both Tibetan customs and Buddhist tradition, His cremation ceremony will take place on Friday, the 27th of October, 2017from 9 am to 1 pm

, at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Reception immediately follows at 1: 30 pm at Sakura Grill & Supreme Buffet in East Hanover, NJ.

Donations in His memory could be sent to the “Cremation Ceremony and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche”, Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center, 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ, 07834, USA.

 

Detailed Information

Cremation Ceremony Site:

The Chapel of Somerset Hills Memorial Park
95 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Phone: 908-766-0522

(Should parking space is not available in the parking lot, please park on roadside near the building.)

Ceremony Schedule:

9 am-1 pm:      Prayers, Puja and Cremation service.

1:30pm:           Reception

Sakura Grill & Supreme Buffet

240 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936

 

*Please refrain from wearing jeans, sneakers or flip flops

Cremation Service and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche

It is with great sadness that we write to let you know the passing of Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche in the United States on the 15th of October, 2017.  While mourning for our loss, the sangha and friends of the Gampopa Vajrahana Buddhist Center (GVBC) are undertaking the preparation of the cremation service according to Tibetan customs and Buddhist tradition. As of today, no specific date has been set. We nevertheless would like to share with you the latest arrangements and information.

Prior to Rinpoche’s passing, he gave the following instructions: cremation of his body should take place in the United States, and his relics be divided into seven parts to be sent to designated monasteries and centers in Tibet, Nepal, Taiwan and United States, where they could be installed in the stupa at each location.

Rinpoche was the eldest son of the aristocratic Nangchen family of Drongpa, one of the 25 ruling familiesfrom the last era in the Kham region of eastern Tibet.  As is customary for all sovereignty leaders who passed away, offerings are to be made to the entire sangha in all monasteries under the family’s sovereignty, as well as to sangha in major monasteries in each of the Tibetan regions. In addition to following this custom, it is the wish of the GVBC to offer lights and request prayer services to monasteries in Tibet, Nepal, India and other places within 49 days of Rinpoche’s passing to dedicate the merits.

GVBC is in the process of raising money to achieve this aim, which is estimated to require about $200,000. We’d like to invite disciples from ten directions to support “Cremation Service and Memorial Fund ofLamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche”, which is set up specifically for this purpose. Should there be surplus in fund after the ceremony, it will be used to publish Gyalpo Rinpoche’s writings and collections of teachings in English and in Chinese.

The funeral and cremation ceremony of Gyalpo Rinpoche depends on the commitments and support from students and friends from all corners of the world. Your generous donations will make possible the timely realization of this aim and bring immense blessings to all involved. All supporters will receive a report detailing the event, expenses and names of contributors. Supporters can choose to remain anonymous, too.

Donations to the “Cremation Service and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche” could be made via the followings:

In USA

Check payable to “GVBC” (please specify “Gyalpo Cremation and Memorial”) and sent to:   

GVBC, 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834.

In Taiwan

Please contact Taipei Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center

(+886)2-2784-6125)

Other Countries

Please use the following information for bank wiring

(Please send an email to gvbc.admit@gmail.com with the supporter’s name and wire amount after sending the wire.  Thank you!):

Bank Name: PNC Bank

SWIFT Code: PNCCUS33

Routing Number: 031207607 

Bank Address:

PNC Bank NA

500 First Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA

MailStop P7PFSC03W

Bank Tel: (+1)800-762-2265

Account Name: Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center

Account Address: 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834

Account No.: 8027085901

May all complete the two accumulations and live in equanimity with no attachment.

Sincerely Yours,

 

The Sangha of Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center