Ocean Sky Chan Monastery 15th Anniversary Celebration and Liang Huang Precious Repentance Ceremony

▍11/19-11/26 – Liang Huang Precious Repentance Ceremony
Liang Huang Precious Repentance Liturgy is the earliest and the longest repentance liturgy in China. It is also known as the “king of all repentance liturgies.” There are 1,275 names of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas listed in the liturgy. The merits derived from the practice of this liturgy are very auspicious and powerful, especially when we sincerely repent and resolve to eradicate our sins and to dedicate the merits to the deceased for their liberation.

The liturgy was compiled by Venerable Baozhi when Emperor Liang requested his help to liberate his wife, Empress Chi, from suffering in her rebirth as a python. From that inception until today, this liturgy has been in circulation for more than a thousand years. When we sincerely repent and prostrate in accordance with the liturgy, the Dharma water of compassion and wisdom can cleanse all our sins and wrongdoings, unlock all enmities and grievances, purify our bodies and minds, and eventually lead us to the attainment of Supreme Enlightenment.

▍11/ 30 15 Anniversary Ceremony
In upholding the great vows and compassion of Grand Master Wei Chueh, the Founding Patriach of Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan, Ocean Sky Chan Monastery has propagated Dharma for 15 years. We are greatly honored to have Venerable Jiandeng, the Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, to preside over the 15 Anniversary Ceremony of our monastery and conduct the Transmission of Three Refuges and Five Precepts. The public is welcome to attend this grand celebration, to listen to Dharma Talk, and share our Dharma joy.


2017 All Souls’ Day Memorial Ceremony

The annual commemoration of All Souls’ Day in the Philippines is synonymous with the celebration of Qing Ming Festival in Chinese culture. This is the time of year when people give honor to their departed loved ones with respect and gratitude.

With the goal of upholding the teaching of compassion in Buddhism and of promoting the spirit of filial piety and the virtue of honoring our departed loved ones with proper memorial rites, Ocean Sky Chan Monastery has scheduled the holding of All Souls’ Day Memorial Ceremony on October 22, 2017, Sunday, 9am-2pm.

In the ceremony, the Amitahba Buddha Memorial Liturgy will be chanted. People will have the opportunity to make lamp and flower offerings to the Three Jewels. Included in the ceremony are the Grand Meal Offering and Memorial Ceremony. We will also respectfully invite the Abbess, Venerable Jianshu, to give the Dharma talk, after which Offering to the Sangha will be held.

With the help from the compassionate Three Jewels, pure auspicious merits will surely be generated through chanting, making pure vows and offerings by all participants. At the conclusion of the ceremony, these merits shall then be dedicated towards the attainment of world peace and prosperity for all the people. For our deceased relatives, whether loved ones or foes alike, may they transcend suffering and get reborn in the Pure Land. May all our loved ones be replete with blessings and wisdom. May all sentient beings across ten Dharma Realms be liberated from suffering and attain enlightenment.


Time Sequence of Ceremony
8:30 Registration Sign up
9:00 First Incense Incense Praise/Lamp & Flower Offering/ Chant the Amitahba Buddha Memorial Liturgy
10:30 Second Incense Grand Meal Offering/Memorial Prayer/Dharma Talk/Offering to the Sangha
12:00 Lunch Vegetarian Meal
14:00 Ride the Ox Home Clean up & Restoration

Venue: Ocean Sky Chan Monastery

716 Jose Abad Santos. St., Little Baguio, San Juan, M.M.  Tel: (02) 723-6132

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Steven Cokeng — What I Learnt in the Monastery

I was first invited by one of our family friends, Lolita Lutanco, to join a meditation class in Ocean Sky Chan Monastery in 2004. I was then 20 years old, and wanted very much to study Chinese culture and practices, like kung fu, qigong, wushu and the like. Knowing that there would be monks in the temple, I was very excited to take a glimpse. Upon checking it out, the volunteers of Ocean Sky informed me that they were only offering meditation classes, which was perfectly fine with me since I really wanted to be involved in activities related to Chinese culture.

When I started my first meditation class, I found out that the monks were also teaching Buddhism as part of the curriculum. I was a college student back then, and had a lot of spare time; so I was able to quickly complete the beginners’ class followed by the intermediate class, then the advance class, and finally the sutra classes. I have also decided to repeat the classes once I was done with the levels. I really don’t know what kept me going to study in all those classes repeatedly. All I can say is I am really happy that I have completed them all.

In the process, I learned a lot of Buddhist teachings like the Four Noble Truths, Eight Fold Path, Twelve-fold Causal Chain, Six Paramitas, the Heart Sutra, the Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings, and the Surangama Sutra. I also understood the true meaning behind the putting up and burning of yellow and red tablets as part of our offerings. There are also many teachings that can help improve the way we think and act in our daily lives, which greatly enhance our personality in order to achieve our goals in life.

One of the basic teachings I can share is the law of causality. The logical equation goes like this: Cause + Condition = Effect. This means that for an effect to occur, it needs both causes and conditions to be present to get what you want. For example, I wanted to study Chinese culture, but there were no schools that taught meditation. So how could I learn then? I had the cause in mind to study, but no condition or no school for me to enroll in. In the end, it took a long time before I was able to study meditation and Buddhism.

I am really thankful for what Ocean Sky has taught me through the years. As a sign of gratitude, I make it to a point to help out in the monastery. Currently, I volunteer as an acolyte and work to make sure things go well during ceremonies. I am also responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the Chan Hall. By helping out in the monastery, I realized that there is actually plenty of work to be done in order to complete a single ceremony. A lot of preparations are needed like putting up the liturgy stands, preparing the censers and the tablet stands, arranging the tablets, arranging the meditation mats and many more things.

In helping out at the monastery, I realized I am applying what I’ve learned from the meditation classes. When working with fellow volunteers, I soon notice other people’s shortcomings. With this, I can cultivate by accepting their faults, and have longer patience. I not only learned tolerance but soon, I became a team player, and worked well together to accomplish everyone’s goal, which is to help the monastery and let more people learn about Buddhism.

Lastly, let me share with you my favorite quotation regarding how one should regard his past, present and future: “If you want to know your past, look at who you are now. If you want to know your future, look at what you are doing now.”

Mary Tan — Taking the Lay Bodhisattva Precepts

Early on, I had heard a Dharma Master explain the contents of the Lay Bodhisattva Precepts; I refused to take them earlier for fear I might break them and fall into the evil destinies. But in 2008, in support of a friend who wanted to receive the Lay Bodhisattva Precepts, the two of us went to Chung Tai.

For me, receiving the Lay Bodhisattva Precepts is a blessing, and an important event. As one of the Sutras states: “When sentient beings receive the Buddhist precepts, they ascend to the Buddha’s level; reaching this level of great enlightenment is truly becoming Buddha’s disciple.” On the path to enlightenment, taking the Precepts sows the correct causes for Buddhahood; each succeeding lifetime will lead to becoming a Buddha. On the way to Bodhi, remember the reminders set by the three aspects of the pure precepts; always cease evil and cultivate good, and enlighten sentient beings. Only in the future can one reap the pure and bright merits of the Precepts, forever be liberated, and attain the level of the Buddha.

I am still a beginner on the bodhisattva path, and still have many things to improve on. Before receiving the Precepts, I was never vigilant, always giving rise to evil thoughts and doing evil actions, never detecting my faults. Now that I am constantly reminded of the Precepts, I can now repent for my wrong actions right away. In this way, I slowly attain clarity and pureness of mind and increase my good affinity and karma, allowing me to move forward bravely on the bodhisattva path.

Sally Sy — I Am Happier and More At Peace

When I first stepped into Ocean Sky Chan Monastery many years ago, the first Abbot then convinced me to attend the meditation classes. Out of curiosity, I attended the class without expecting anything in particular.

At that time, I faced many challenges in my life; challenges that came one after the other. Some were just incredibly painful that I could not accept what was happening. I became so disappointed and angry, and eventually, my health gave way and I ended up with a life threatening disease.

Although I have been here for a long time, it took me a while before I actually started to reflect on the teachings of Buddhism and apply them to my life. From Abbess Master Jianshu’s Dharma talks, I have developed a deeper understanding of Buddhism. Now I have learned to let go, accept the flow of events, and face reality. Ever since I learned that everything is conditional, I am no longer emotionally affected by external events. I feel more open-minded, and try to look at things from different perspectives. I am more aware of my “self-nature.”

Besides this, I try to be more aware of cause and effect. I try to be as tolerant as possible—when I see people doing bad deeds and accumulating bad karma, I feel compassion instead of frustration. This reminds me to not only avoid committing the same mistake as them, but to improve myself as much as possible. Whenever I think of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” I ask myself, “Others may go to hell; do I also want to go with them?” Whenever I feel a negative thought about to rise, I try to change it into a positive thought, or at least a neutral one.

As a result of all these, my anger has diminished, and I am more in control of myself. I am happier and more at peace, and my health has improved a lot. I have realized that all the things I have lost, tangible or intangible, are “impermanent.” As a result, I am gradually regaining my original peace and bliss.

My Dharma name is Chuan Man (傳滿). It means fullness; abundance; completeness. I had been man-man (滿滿, full and complete) all my life, but I was not aware of it. Because of my newfound awareness, I have also begun to realize that aside from being “man-man” (full) in the worldly sense; I also possess the inherent Buddha Nature in me.