January 2016 Newsletter

News and Announcements

Picture1Words of Wisdom

Blessings come from doing good deeds and making beneficent connections with others. If our past deeds have brought us hardships, now is the time to be diligent —turn misfortune into blessings, and open up a world of new opportunities for ourselves.


—Words of Wisdom from Grand Master Wei Chueh, 惟覺大和尚法語 (For more words of wisdom)

Picture142016 Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony

On Monday, February 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 am, Buddha Gate Monastery invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year and participate in the ringing of the auspicious bell to bring forward a harmonious New Year. The ringing of the bell also reminds us to stay true to our awakening path to enlightenment. Join us for a free vegetarian lunch immediately following the ceremony.

Eighty-Eight Buddhas Repentance Ceremony

The  eighty-eight Buddhas repentance liturgy was compiled from these two sutras: one is  “Sutra of the Medicine King and Superior Medicine Bodhisattvas ” and the other is “The Sutra of the Great Accumulation of Treasures”.  In the sutra, it is said that when you are mindful of the Buddha’s name, you will receive infinite blessings, when you sincerely bow to the Buddha, you will irradicate infinite misdeeds. On Sunday, February 14, from 9:30 to 12:00,  join us in the 88 Buddhas Repentance Ceremony. Chanting the 88 Buddhas’ names is a practice that allows us to pay respect to all the Buddhas who have already attained enlightenment, repent on our misdeeds, reduce our false ego, and help us to see our true nature. Join us for a free vegetarian lunch immediately following the ceremony.

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Sign up for January Classes

The next series of twelve week classes starts January 14. Click here to sign up.

Because of a schedule change, we are postponing the Monday and Tuesday classes by one week. The Monday Sutra A Class will start on January 25, and end on April 11. The Tuesday morning Beginning and evening Advanced Meditation Classes will start on January 26 and end on April 12.

Buddha Gate Monastery offers twelve-week classes of different levels in English and Chinese. The classes progress from the beginning Zen meditation and fundamentals of Buddhism, to advanced sutra studies. Each class meets for about two hours, consisting of meditation practice in the first hour, and a lecture on Buddhist teachings in the second hour.  Everyone is welcome. The classes are free; the Monastery is funded by unsolicited donations. Visit our website under “classes” for more details.


One Stick of Incense

One Stick of Incense Buddhist Service consists of chanting the sutras in English, meditating, and Dharma talk. This process helps us purify our minds and develop our inner wisdom and compassion. We finish by dedicating merits to all sentient beings in hope that they will awaken to their pure natures, and obtain inner peace and joy. This one hour service starts at 10:30 a.m. on  January 10, 17, 24, and 31 and February 7, 21 and 28,  is open to everyone and ideal for first-time visitors.


Lamp Offering

Making a Lamp Offering to the Buddha is a way to honor the Buddha while awakening our own intrinsic wisdom. According to the scriptures, when making a Buddha lamp offering, we gain good health, purity of the mind, freedom from worries, and extinction of ignorance. We can also dedicate the merits to our loved ones and all humanity. You can now sign up to make a Lamp Offering for the year 2016 (January 1 to December 31).

Picture1Kitchen Remodeling

Our kitchen at Buddha Gate Monastery is over 50 years old, and needs to be upgraded for improved energy efficiency, work space, and safety.

The blessings and merits of maintaining a monastery are inconceivable. By providing support, you help provide a peaceful environment for everyone to associate with the Three Jewels, understand the Truth, liberate from suffering and obtain perfect wisdom. With a respectful mind, we invite everyone to make offerings to support the Buddha Gate Monastery kitchen remodeling project.

Meritorious Volunteering

Volunteers form an important part of the Buddha Gate community. You can help the monastery by maintaining the buildings and grounds, working in the kitchen, and preparing for ceremonial events. By generously offering your time to support the monastery you not only accumulate blessings, but also practice patience, compassion, tolerance and working harmoniously with others, thereby developing the Chan state of mind and applying it toward everyday life. The monastery invites everyone to participate in the meritorious volunteering every Sunday afternoon.