Dear Devotees & Dharma Friends,
Offering to the great merit field the Sangha Gem, Cultivating boundless merits and virtues,
Auspiciousness throughout the six periods of the day, Attaining wondrous joy and extending longevity.
The annual Ullambana Day or Sangha Day in Lunar July is drawing near. Our founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, has instructed in accordance to the Buddha’s teachings and designated the period as filial piety month. We express our filial piety for our parents and ancestors through the transfer of merits from offering to the Sangha. The Venerable Master’s principle of making offerings to the Sangha is: we should not make offering for only a meal, to a small number of people or just for the present. Instead, it should be for the whole year, the entire community, and the future.
Since the inauguration of Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple thirty years ago, we have been active in propagating the Dharma and engaging in charity work, establishing a new image for Buddhism in society. It is only through the enthusiastic support of all our members that we are able to achieve our mission. In order to foster the practice of filial piety and cultivation of merits, attached below is the registration form for this year’s Sangha Offering. Please provide your support accordingly, so together we can make use of the auspicious merits to repay the Four Kinds of Gratitude and help alleviate suffering in the Three Evil Realms.
In order to thank all our devotees and Dharma friends for their kind support over the years, during the entire month of Lunar July, we will recite the Ksitigarbha Sutra every morning and evening in the Main Shrine. In addition, a Yogacara Offering Service will be conducted on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm. All merits will be shared with the parents, ancestors, and loved ones of our devotees and patrons. You and your family are most welcome to attend the function and share in the Dharma joy. May you gain in both merits and wisdom!
Yours in the Dharma,
Venerable Abbot Hui Dong