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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Relief for Nepal Continues

Nepal Earthquake relief  (Lapchi)Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center would like to announce the following fundraising project sponsored by “North America Drikung Kagyu Association”:

“As you are all aware of the recent tragedy that shook Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has taken over 6000 lives and destroyed many homes leaving thousands homeless. Many remote villages have also been badly destroyed, Lapchi being one of them. We have been notified by the members of Lapchi association that almost all of the homes in Lapchi have been destroyed, along with roads, bridges, monastery and retreat homes. A few of the people have also been injured and they were brought down to Kathmandu to be admitted in the hospital.

Monastery in Lapchi

Our nonprofit charitable North America Drikung Kagyu Association has offered to raise funds for the recovery of Lapchi village and its people. All the donations will be sent directly to the Nechok Lapchi Kaguy Milarepa Association that takes care of the Lapchi yogis and villagers. Kindly pray for all who have suffered and donate towards his fund raising effort.”

All donations are greatly appreciated! Please make your check payable to GVBC, note “Lapchi project” in memo, and mail to GVBC (6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834) by 10/01/2015. GVBC will wire all donations directly to the dedicated bank account in Nepal.

In addition, Phag Dru Monastery, which was founded by Lamchen Gylapo Rinpoche in Nepal in order to provide advanced Drikung Kagyu teachings to sangha and retreatants, is also damaged in the earthquake. We will repair and renovate the damage next year after the estimate and planning. Please make your check payable to GVBC, note “Phag Dru Monastery” in memo, and mail to GVBC (6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834).

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Blessings for the Year of the Wood Sheep!

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Mindfulness Peace Prayer

There is peace of mind.
May I realize peace of mind.
There are obstacles to peace of mind.
May all obstacles to realizing peace of mind be removed.
There are causes to experience peace of mind.
May all causes arise to facilitate my experiencing peace of mind.
There are pathways leading to stabilizing peace of mind.
May all pathways leading to stabilizing my peace of mind arise.

There is peace.
May there be peace.
There are obstacles to peace.
May all obstacles to peace be removed.
There are causes of peace.
May all causes of peace arise and stabilize.
There are pathways leading to peace.
May all pathways leading to peace be revealed and cultivated.

There is happiness.
May there be happiness.
There are obstacles to happiness.
May all obstacles to happiness be removed.
There are causes of happiness.
May all causes of happiness arise and stabilize.
There are pathways leading to happiness.
May all pathways leading to happiness be revealed and cultivated.

May all sentient beings desire to pursue peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings cultivate peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings experience peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings assist in stabilizing peace and happiness
in the world!

(composed by Venerable Ani Drubgyudma)