Sunday Dharma Service

7/12 (日), 10:00am

The Diamond Prajnaparamita Sutra

The Diamond Sutra is one of the most influential Mahayana Buddhism. It has been considered the essential object of devotion and study in Chan Buddhism. It explains the emptiness of all phenomena and the importance of liberating all living beings without attachment.

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Great Compassion Repentance Service

7/10 (Fri), 7:30pm, 7/11 (Sat), 2:00pm

The Great Compassion Repentance Ceremony is based on the Great Compassion Mantra. The full name of the Great Compassion Mantra literally means, A thousand arms and a thousand eyes Avalokitesvera Bodhisattva’s all embracing great compassion Dharani. This mantra, which is very popular in the Chinese culture and widely recited among devotees, consists of eighty-four phrases. Water blessed with the Great Compassion Mantra is called the Great Compassion Water and is taken by devotees for its spiritually cleansing qualities. Some of the merits often associated with the Great Compassion Mantra are: rebirth into higher realms, meeting beneficial acquaintances, having competent facilities, obtaining bountiful food and wealth, gaining great respect, and having the opportunity to learn Buddhist teachings.

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Dedication of Merits Dharma Service for the Offering to the Sangha

7/10 (Fri), 7:30pm, 7/11 (Sat), 2:00pm

The annual Sangha Day is also approaching. According to the Buddhist tradition, one may cultivate tremendous merits by making offerings to the Sangha, and practice filial piety by dedicating the merits to their parents and ancestors, and to all the sentient beings. The best way to make offerings to the Triple Gem and support the monastery is to make offerings to the monastic community rather than to just one person or a small number of people; to make offerings for the entire year rather than for only one meal; to make offering consistently rather than just for the present.

In this way, one is supporting the Sangha and helping them practice and spread Buddhism, and therefore make this practice with deepened meaning. In order to thank all the devotees and Dharma friends for their kind support, Hsi Lai Temple will conduct a Amitabha Triple Contemplation service in the afternoon of the Sangha Day (Sunday, Aug 23 at 1:30 pm), and a Yogacara Offering Service (Wednesday, September 16 at 2:00 pm, will not on live streaming) to dedicate merits for all the Sangha.

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In addition, during the entire seventh lunar month (from August 19 to September 16), the monastics will lead devotees to chant the Ksitigarbha Sutra every morning and evening in the Main Shrine, and transfer all merits to the devotees and benefactors’ parents, ancestors, and loved ones. You and your family are most welcome to attend the services and share in the Dharma joy. May the Triple Gem bless you and your family!

7/19(Sun), 10am: Dedication of Merits Dharma Service for the Offering to the Sangha

7/19(Sun), 1:30pm: Amitabha Triple Contemplation Service

8/19 to 9/16,every morning and evening will chant the Ksitigarbha Sutra

8/23(Sun), 1:30pm: Amitabha Triple Contemplation Service

9/16(Wed), 2pm: Yogacara Offering Service(No live broadcast)



Filial Piety Emperor Liang Repentance Dharma Service Schedule:

8/16 (Sun): Purification Service (9:30am), Scroll 1 (2pm),Scroll 2 (7:30pm)

8/17 ─ 8/21 (7:30pm): Scrolls 3–7

8/22 (六): Scroll 8 (9:30am), Noon Offering, Scroll 9 (2pm),Scroll 10 (7:30pm)

8/23 (日): Dedication of Merits(9:30am), Amitabha Triple Contemplation service (1:30pm)

8/17 ─ 8/21: Noon Offering (11am) 7/19(Sun), 10am: Dedication of Merits Dharma Service for the Offering to the Sangha

7/19(Sun), 1:30pm: Amitabha Triple Contemplation Service

8/19 to 9/16,every morning and evening will chant the Ksitigarbha Sutra

8/23(Sun), 1:30pm: Amitabha Triple Contemplation Service

9/16(Wed), 2pm: Yogacara Offering Service

Filial Piety Emperor Liang Repentance Dharma Service

8/16-23

The 2020 Ullambana Festival (the month of filial piety) is approaching soon. To emulate the Arhat Maudgalyayana’s memorialization of his mother and promote the virtue of filial piety and repaying kindness, Hsi Lai Temple will be conducting the Filial Piety Emperor Liang Repentance Dharma Service from Aug 16–Aug23 and the Amitabha Triple Contemplation Service on Aug 23 at 1:30 pm (Real time online broadcasting) Merits gained from these Dharma services will be dedicated to the ancestors and departed loved ones so that they may be reborn in the Buddha’s pure land. This is also a good opportunity to repent transgressions, purify the minds, and nurture the wisdom.

8/16 to 8/23: Filial Piety Emperor Liang Repentance Dharma Service

8/23(Sun), 1:30pm: Amitabha Triple Contemplation Service

8/19 to 9/16:every morning and evening will chant the Ksitigarbha Sutra

9/16(Wed), 2pm: Yogacara Offering Service(No live broadcast)

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Light Offering Dharma Service

7/21(Tue), 10:00am

Lighting lamps has become a method of making offerings since the Buddha’s time. Among the Ten Offerings (incense, flowers, lamps, ointments, fruit, tea, food, treasures, beads, and clothing), lamps are essential as they symbolize radiance and wisdom. Because the minds of sentient beings are hindered by the afflictions of ignorance, one therefore lights lamps before the Buddhas so that any darkness within can be illuminated by both this light and the wisdom-radiance of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, giving birth to a wise solution and the perfection of our own wisdom.

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