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.

 12/22/2017 (Friday)

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.

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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

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center invites devotees worldwide to join us on this very special occasion to celebrate the life and 80th birthday of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche.  It is a unique opportunity to experience gratitude, devotion and celebrate the occasion as a community together.

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche is the descent of the unbroken Royal Lineage of the MHUK- PO- DONG, which goes back several centuries in Tibetan history and he has made enormous contributions to both Tibetan culture and to Tibetan Buddhism.  He is revered and beloved by His followers. He is one of the longest living members of the NANGCHEN DRONGPAS in history.

Therefore, to commemorate the occasion of His 80th birthday, we sincerely invite you to join The Long Life Mandala Offering on July 8th, 2017 at 10 am at St. Pius X Church.

No Fee. Donations are appreciated. Vegetarian Lunch will be provided on that date (If you have special diet needs or allergies or wish to eat elsewhere, there is a variety of restaurants in the area). Please register by June 1st, 2017.

Location St. Pius X Church, 24 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ 07045

Contact

email: tsaiemma02@gmail.com TEL: (973)586-2756

Website:WWW.GAMPOPA.ORG

Old Master Ren Jun’s Memorial Day

Old Master Ren Jun

In memory of, and gratefulness for,

Venerable Old Master Ren Jun

(仁俊法師 1919 – February 9, 2011)

Planting seeds of Bodhichitta

Seedlings sprout

Strong roots establish

Saplings gradually develop

Flowers bud

Protecting kindheartedly with virtue and wisdom

Upholding faith with great compassionate actions

Your lotus flowers blossom

Continuing the lineages of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Benefiting sentient beings

Kong Hu Shi (空護法師)

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

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!

Special Practice Days

Chotrul Duchen ~ The Day of Miracles is Monday February 22, 2016 (the 15th day of the Tibetan Lunar calendar). 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. 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.

Milarepa’ Anniversary is Sunday February 21, 2016, the 14th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Practice is highly advised.

Marpa’s Anniversary is Monday February 22, 2016, the 15th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Practice is highly advised.

The first day of the New Year of the Fire Monkey was February 8/9, 2016. In case you are not aware, it has been suggested to recite Shakyamuni Buddha’s Mantra and Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds during the first two weeks of the 1st month (2/09/2016 – 2/22/2016) to accumulate merit. It is said that each day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times during these two weeks.

May you have a Peaceful, Joyful, Prosperous and Happy Year of the Fire Monkey!

We thank Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us well-informed of important days to remember.

New texts have been added to the Sutras & Texts page of this blog.

May this benefit all beings!

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