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Origin of Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple Water and Land Dharma Service

Since its inauguration, Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple has followed the vow of Venerable Master Hsing Yun to let “The Buddha’s light shine in the whole universe, and the Dharma water flow in the five continents,” spreading the teachings of the Dharma around the world.

Hsi Lai Temple spares no effort in its mission in the areas of education, culture, charity, and religious practice. We seek to repay our gratitude for the blessing of the Triple Gem and the support of the Celestial Guardians and to benefit the masses of all Dharma Realms. Hence, Hsi Lai Temple will be conducting the Water and Land Dharma Service from April 8 to 22, 2017. We pray for the compassion of the Triple Gem and for the celestial guardians to protect all sentient beings in the Three Realms, ridding them of obstructions, increasing their fortune, and realizing their wishes. May the deceased in both water and land everywhere be able to depart from suffering, attain joy, and reborn in the pure land. We sincerely invite devotees and Dharma friends from all directions to participate in the service so we can all be blessed by the light of the Triple Gem and make bodhi connections with the multitudes.


Yours in the Dharma,


Venerable Hui Dong
Abbot, Hsi Lai Temple


I. Schedule of the Dharma Service:
 1. Outer Platform Dharma Service – April 8-22, 2017
2. Inner Platform Dharma Service – April 16-22, 2017
3. Farewell to the Holy Ceremony – April 22, 2017

II. Content:
 1.Great Platform Dharma Service – Emperor Liang Repentance Service, Diamond Sutra, Brahma Net Sutra, Golden Light Sutra
 2.Medicine Buddha Platform Dharma Service – Medicine Buddha Sutra, Eighty-eight Buddha Repentance Ceremony
 3.Wondrous Lotus Sutra Platform Dharma Service– Lotus Sutra
 4.Pure Land Platform Dharma Service – Amitabha Sutra and reciting the Buddha’s name for seven days
 5.Avatamsaka Platform Dharma Service – Avatamsaka Sutra
 6.Surangama Platform Dharma Service – Surangama Sutra
 7.Various Sutras Platform Dharma Service - Sutra of the Contemplation on the Buddha of Infinite Life, Sutra of Infinite Life Discoursed by the Buddha, and Complete Enlightenment Sutra
 8.Yogacara Universal Offering Service, Offering Ceremony to the Buddhas and Celestial Guardians
 9.Inner Platform Dharma Service

III. Water and Land Dharma Service Items:
 Inner Platform Service:

1. Assembly Chief: Blessings for whole family, tablets for the deceased open

2. Assembly Head: Blessings for whole family, tablets for the deceased open

3. Assembly Leader: Blessings for whole family, tablets for the deceased open

4. Patron: Blessings for whole family, 8 tablets for the deceased

5. Benefactor: Blessings for whole family, 6 tablets for the deceased

6. Sponsor: Blessings for whole family, 4 tablets for the deceased

 Outer Platform Service:

1. Large tablets for blessings and large tablets for the deceased

 Others: Precepts Bestowment for the Deceased

Remark: Open donations for food offering, flower offering, fruit offering, and general offering are welcome


Date: April 8 -April 22, 2017
Venue: Hsi Lai Temple
Telephone: 626 - 961-9697