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The sutra says, “The Buddha Dharma is here in this world. There is no enlightenment apart from this world.” Practicing Buddhism empowers us to deal with any circumstance through observation and mindfulness, leading to enlightenment.


—Words of Wisdom from Grand Master Wei Chueh (For more words of wisdom)


Medicine Buddha Gratitude Ceremony

On Sundays, August 30, join us for the Medicine Buddha Gratitude Ceremony. The Medicine Buddha is associated with healing and the curing of illness, both physical and mental (of which delusion is the root cause) through the medicine of the Buddhist teachings. During the ceremony, we will chant the “Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Radiance Tathagata Original Vows and Merit Sutra.” We invite you to our vegetarian lunch after the ceremony.


2015 Medicine Buddha Gratitude Ceremony During the Sangha Summer Retreat

From May 24 to August 30, 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 and help us observe the Sangha Summer Retreat. To learn more about the Sangha Summer Retreat, click here.

Sign up for Classes Now!

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The next series of twelve week classes starts September 3. Click here to sing up.

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.

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.