June / July 2016 Newsletter

Words of Wisdom

To change our fate, we should focus on the cause instead of the outcome. The Buddhist teaching of causality tells us that what happens in our lives come from our own efforts. Understanding causality means we can create our own destiny. —Words of Wisdom from Grand Master Wei Chueh
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Gratitude Medicine Buddha Sutra Ceremony During the Sangha Summer Retreat

On Sundays, June 12, and July 10, join us for the Gratitude Ceremony on Medicine Buddha Sutra. The Medicine Buddha is associated with healing and the curing of illnesses, both physical and mental (of which delusion is the root cause) through the medicine of the Buddhist teachings.
From May 14 to August 21, Buddha Gate Monastery invites all Dharma friends and disciples to join us in the daily recitation of the Sutra of the Medicine Buddha Lapis Lazuli Radiance Tathagata during the Sangha Summer Retreat. To learn more about the Sangha Summer Retreat, and to view the daily recitation schedule, please click here.

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Join us on Fridays, June 24, and July 22, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, in chanting the 88 Buddhas. It is an excellent way to clear our karmic obstacles and draw out our inner wisdom. Click here to learn more.


4th of July Peace Ceremony

On Monday, July 4, from 7:30pm to 8:10pm, Buddha Gate Monastery will host our annual 4th of July Peace Ceremony where we chant the Heart Sutra and make candlelight offerings to the Buddha, symbolizing the shattering of our ignorance and illuminating our inner wisdom. As the sun starts to set, we will make our pilgrimage climb up the hill to the Guan Yin statue and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bay Area fireworks. The climb represents the traditional practice of a mountain pilgrimage.


Half-Day Meditation Retreat

Meditation can help you focus your mind, calm down, become more aware, and see things as they truly are. If you have completed the beginning meditation classes, we invite you to participate in the half-day meditation retreat to further advance your meditation practice. The upcoming half-day meditation retreat is on June 5, 19, & 26 from 8:30 am to noon. (Beginning level of Chan meditation class is required.)

  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.