Offerings and Practice
Praising Bodhisattva Guan Shi Yin
Benefitting sentient beings.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
On February 10, 2017-February 11, 2017, there will be a Penumbral 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.
Total Solar Eclipse
On February 26, 2017, there will be a Total 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.
Thank you to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for providing the announcement of these special days for practice.
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.
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Honoring and Practicing for the benefit of all:
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.
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!
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’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!
March 27, 2016, 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