Special Practice Days

Special Announcement for Upcoming Dates for Practice

11/20/2016 (Sunday)

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

November 20, 2016 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.

 12/21/2016 (Wedesday)

The first day of Winter

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

 12/31/2016 (Saturday)

The last day of 2016

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

We once again thank Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for offering the reminders of these special practice days.

Special Days in September

Annual Solar Eclipse

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse (you can check the link at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2016Sep01A.GIF). We also would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” on the soloar eclipse day. 

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.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

 On Friday, September 16, 2016, there will be a Penumbral Lunar eclipse (you may check the link athttp://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2016Sep16N.pdf for more information).

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.

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” on the lunar eclipse day to accumulate merit

We are grateful to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us informed of these special practice days.

With all the best wishes for good practice!

2016 YSF Annual Dharma Retreat

The Yin Shun Foundation will be hosting a Dharma Retreat at Bodhi Monastery in English from July 2 – July 5, 2016. Please consider participating in this wonderful Dharma Activity. Selected Mahayana Sutras will be elaborated. This is a wonderful opportunity to Hear the Dharma, Contemplate the Dharma, and Meditate.

For relevant information please click here. Or you may also go directly to

http://yinshun.org/Retreat/2016_DR_Announcement_en.php

Bodhi Monastery

Saka Dawa Duchen – Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha

Overlooking Lotus Pond

Honoring and Practicing for the benefit of all:

5/21/2016 (Saturday)

Anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birth, Enlightenment & Parinirvana (the 15th of the 4th month)

On May 21st, 2016, it is the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana.   (known in Tibetan as Saka Dawa Duchen)

We would like to suggest you to recite Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra and ‘The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds‘.

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

6/22/2016 (Wednesday)

The first day of Summer

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

We thank Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for sharing this information.

May all sentient beings benefit!

Tomb Sweeping Day – April 4, 2016

Tomorrow is what is known as Tomb Sweeping Day Festival, Qing Meng 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 tomorrow, if you feel so inclined. Reciting this Sutra brings blessing to our departed ancestors, it also benefits oneself – generating positive karmic merit. You also may feel inclined to integrate this day within your yearly schedule.

Here at Flower Dance Temple we are celebrating the day with flowers, lights, incense, food, and a fire offering to honor our ancestors, inclusive of Old Master Ren Jun (1919 – 2011) who was/is a true spiritual ‘parent’.

Old Master Ren Jun

Old Master Ren Jun’s (Jen Chun) Spring Poem

We welcome the New Year and its brightness with the Spring Festival,

Permeated by great sounds of cheer.

With blessings and laughter,

We drink and eat and enjoy ourselves.

Humans with great hearts look at a world that is desolate and depressed.

They are careworn with worry.

They renounce comfort and pleasure and steel body and mind to the task.

They reject shallow solutions and cultivate true peace.

Others idle their lives away, not knowing how to control themselves.

They are buried by their blessings and end up in misery.

Such stories are repeated endlessly throughout history and

Fill us with dread and frighten us to the core.

We come into this world with the call to become extraordinary and courageous warriors,

And when we leave, we have accomplished this ultimate goal.

Our bodies and minds are stirred to act with fervor and commitment.

We dedicate ourselves to this task, dropping any sense of a giver or something given.

Bright spring pervades everywhere, inspiring the spring wind.

With great energy, spring blossoms into a smile

That spreads across ten thousand flowers—

Spring bursts forth in the countenance of the Bodhisattva.

“With high spirits, welcome the glorious morning sun.

With the light shining through the dark shadows, our eyes open wide and see clearly.”

“The Buddha, Offspring of the Sun, awakened and transcended the world.”

 

May this be of benefit to all sentient beings!