March 2018

Words of Wisdom

To avoid bad karma, we must understand the principle of causality. Be diligent in doing good deeds and correcting misdeeds. This is the way to free our mind from bad thoughts, from affliction and worries, from gains and losses. Our mind will shine in radiance and our health will improve. 

—Words of Wisdom from Grand Master Wei Chueh

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Diamond Sutra Ceremony

“A worldly jewel cannot be considered the most precious. Among all jewels, the jewel of truth is supreme. A worldly luster cannot be considered the finest. Among all luster, the luster of wisdom is supreme. A worldly clarity cannot be considered the best. Among all clarities, clarity of mind is supreme. “ Find the true diamond within, not without.

On Sunday, March 25 and April 29 from 9:30 am to noon, Buddha Gate Monastery invites you to participate in our monthly ceremony and chant the Diamond of Perfect Wisdom Sutra. Chanting the sutra and prostrating to the Buddha allows us to repent our misdeeds, purify our karma, receive Buddha’s blessings, and be in touch with our Buddha nature. Join us for a free vegetarian lunch immediately following the ceremony.


Meditation Classes 

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The next series of twelve-week classes starts from April 23. Click here to sign up.
Buddha Gate Monastery offers meditation classes of different levels in English and Chinese, from Level 1 to Level 3 and even 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 a.m. on Wednesdays and at 10:30 a.m., on April 1, 8 and 15. It is open to everyone and ideal for first-time visitors.


Half-Day Meditation Retreat

Picture1Meditation 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 retreats are on March 4, 11, and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.



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 2018 (January 1 to December 31).



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 meritorious volunteering every day.