Buddha Bathing Ceremony for Buddha’s 3045th Birthday, Summer Retreat Medicine Buddha Gratitude Ceremony & Mothers’ Day Gratitude Ceremony

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
08:30 Registration                   Check in
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

2018 Qing Ming Memorial Ceremony of The Practices and Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva of The Avatamsaka Sutra

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.

Schedule:

Time Sequence of Ceremony
8:30 Registration Sign in
9:00~10:10 First Incense
  • Incense Praise
  • Lamp & Flower Offering
  • Chant The Practices and Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva of The Avatamsaka Sutra
10:40~12:30 Second Incense
  • Grand Meal Offering
  • Blessing and Memorial Ceremony
  • Dharma Talk
  • Offering to the Sangha
12:30~13:30 Lunch Vegetarian Meal
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

E-mailmail@oceanskyzen.org  oceansky@mail.ctcm.org.tw 

Websiteoceanskyzen.org  www.ctworld.org.tw/108/oceansky

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.

Schedule

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

mail@oceanskyzen.org    www.oceanskyzen.org   www.ctworld.org.tw/108/oceansky

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.”