1) What are the activities organized by Hsi Lai Temple?
The activities organized by the temple are categorized as follows:
The study of Buddhism is conducted via weekly lectures and special workshops in Chinese, English, and Cantonese. For the community, there are instructional classes on languages, cultures, arts & crafts, and special studies. In addition, summer camps, community projects, conservation campaigns, international examinations on Buddhism, and scheduled daily radio and television programs take place throughout the year.
Multifaceted efforts for cultural development include monthly publications of Buddha's Light Newsletter, Universal Gate magazine, and other Buddhist periodicals; exhibitions of Buddhist artifacts; various International Buddhist Conferences; and audio cassette recordings and video in different languages.
Weekly: On Saturdays and Sundays, prayer services are held, including the recitation of the Diamond Sutra, Amitabha Sutra. Meditation sessions are also held. Monthly: The Great Compassion Repentance Service, the Lamp of Brilliance Prayer Service, and the Prayer Service for Gratitude and Birthdays are held. Yearly: The Seven-Day Amitabha Retreat, the Seven-Day Meditation Retreat, World Peace Prayer Service, the birthday celebrations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Short-Term Monastic Retreat, the Five Precepts Ceremony, the Bodhisattva Precepts Ceremony, the Eight Precepts Retreat, Sangha Day Celebration, and various repentance services are held.
Organized charitable efforts include the Winter Relief projects, the Handiccap Children's Fun, the Poor Children's Fund, other emergency relief funds, medical services, blood drives, and assistance for special events.