Start 2019 by joining the ceremony of “Universal Gateway of Guanyin Bodhisattva.”
Grand Master’s 2019 Dharma couplet is now available and wishes all “THE PEARL OF WISDOM SHINE PERFECTLY.”
Jan 1, Tue, 1-3pm @ Ocean Sky Chan Monastery
To commemorate the birth of the Fundamental Teacher, Shakyamuni Buddha, Ocean Sky Chan Monastery will hold the Buddha Bathing Ceremony on May 20, 2018(Sunday) at 9:00 am. The Buddha Bathing activity will continue for the whole week until May 27 (Sunday).
Buddha was born to this world 3045 years ago, on the 8th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar. From birth to nirvana, his life story transpired in eight stages and Buddha used pure Dharma water to wash away the suffering and vexations of sentient beings, in order to help them manifest their original pure nature.
The Sutra states: “By bathing the Buddha statue as if he was still living in this world, one can obtain limitless blessings, the amount of which cannot be quantified.” All virtues of the Buddha are perfect and pure. By offering flowers, incense, banners, and by bathing the Buddha statue with fragrant water, we gain limitless blessings and merits.
We urge all devotees to take this auspicious opportunity to bathe the Buddha statue. By outwardly bathing the Buddha statue, we inwardly wash away all polluted thoughts and purify our own mind; that is the true meaning of bathing the Buddha statue.
To celebrate Mothers’ Day, we will also chant The Sutra on the Profound Kindness of Parents, and will dedicate the blessings and merits attained to our parents and teachers, to the Three Jewels, to all sentient beings, and to our country. We will also offer the blessings and merits towards the liberation of all suffering beings in the three miserable realms.
On the same day, after the Buddha Bathing Ceremony, the Monastery will also begin the yearly tradition of summer retreat with the Medicine Buddha Gratitude Ceremony. Afterwards, starting on May 21, lasting a period of three months, the daily chanting of Medicine Buddha Sutra shall take place Mondays thru Fridays, at 7:00–8:00pm.We pray for prosperity for all the people of the world, the attainment of world peace, and the enlightenment of all sentient beings. We welcome your whole family to join in this auspicious triple-event ceremony, and share in Dharma joy.
|Time||Sequence of Ceremony|
|09:00||First Incense||Buddha Bathing Incense Praise /Lamp & Flower Offering/ Chant The Sutra on the Profound Kindness of Parents / Buddha Bathing Ceremony|
|10:30||Second Incense||Chant Medicine Buddha Sutra / Grand Meal Offering/
Dharma Talk / Offering to the Sangha
|12:30||Lunch||Mothers’ Day Thankfulness Lunch|
|14:00||Ride the Ox Home||Clean up & Restoration|
In upholding the Buddhist spirit of compassion and alleviating all sufferings of sentient beings, Ocean Sky Chan Monastery has constantly promoted the spirit of filial piety and the virtue of thankfulness.
Towards this goal, on March 25, 2018, Sunday, at 9:00 am, the Monastery is holding the Qing Ming Memorial Ceremony. During the ceremony, The Practices and Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva of The Avatamsaka Sutra will be chanted, followed by the Grand Meal Offering, Blessing and Memorial Prayers, Dharma talk, and Offering to the Sangha.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, we will dedicate all merits towards attainment of world peace and prosperity for all the people. May our deceased ancestors, loved ones and foes, be able to transcend suffering and get reborn in the higher realms. May all members of our family, friends and all living beings be replete with blessings and wisdom. May all sentient beings across ten Dharma realms be liberated from suffering and enter the sea of true nature. We therefore invite all lay devotees and families to attend this auspicious ceremony to listen to the Dharma teachings and be replete in Dharma Joy.
|Time||Sequence of Ceremony|
|13:30||Ride the Ox Home||Clean up & Restoration|
▍Ocean Sky Chan Monastery
716 Jose Abad Santos St., San Juan, M.M. Tel: (02) 723-6132, 942-7525