2015 March Newsletter2015 March Newsletter

Words of Wisdom

Maintain a mind that is clear, lucid, still, and free from discrimination. A mind of stillness is samadhi. A mind of Picture1clarity and reason is wisdom. The oneness of samadhi and wisdom is the supreme bodhi mind.


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

Diamond Sutra Ceremony

On Sunday, March 22, 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 allow 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.

Sign up for Classes Now!

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The next series of twelve week classes starts April 7. 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.


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: Sunday, March 1, 8, 15 and April 19.

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: Sunday, March 1, 8, 15 and April 19.All are welcome!

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