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Words of Wisdom


Be mindful each moment. Do not dwell in the past, present or future. The past is past, to linger on it is pointless. The future has yet to come, to speculate on it is wishful thinking. To worry about the present is to be trapped in fleeting, inconsequential thoughts.


Chinese New Year Celebration and Eighty-Eight Buddhas Repentance Ceremony

On Sunday, February 22 from 9:30 am to noon, Buddha Gate Monastery invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year and participate in the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Repentance Ceremony. The Abbess will led the congregation 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.Picture1

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. For the New Year, we invite you to make a Buddha Lamp Offering for a period of one year (January 1 to December 31). Please contact Buddha Gate for more information.

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Bodhi Youth Class For Children Ages 11 to 17

In response to many requests from parents, Buddha Gate Monastery started its first youth class for children ages 11 to 17. The Bodhi Youth class builds from the Bodhi Seed program and broadens its curriculum to an older group of students.  The class meets every other Friday night (2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20) to meditate, learn about Buddhism, and practice applying its wisdom at home, school, and with friends. This engaging class is led by Venerable Master Jian Sheng, our Abbess.


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., is open to everyone and ideal for first-time visitors. Dates: January 18 & 25, February 1, 8 & 15

Meritorious Volunteering

Volunteers form an important part of the Buddha Gate community. They help the monastery by maintaining the buildings and grounds, working in the kitchen, and preparing for the various ceremonial events. By generously offering their time to support the monastery, volunteers accumulate blessings and experience the profound joy of helping others. Moreover, volunteers learn to work harmoniously with others, practice tolerance, patience, and compassion, thereby developing the Chan state of mind and applying it toward everyday life. This month, the meritorious volunteering dates are: January 18 & 25, February 1, 8 & 15. All are welcome!

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