2017 Chinese New Year Blessing Ceremony

nyposterIn upholding the Buddhist teaching of universal compassion by helping all sentient beings eradicate suffering and attain true happiness, Ocean Sky Chan Monastery has prepared an array of blessing activities to celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year, from January 28 to February 4, giving all people an opportunity to cultivate merits broadly. We welcome everybody to visit the monastery to pay respect to the Buddha, make offerings to the Three Jewels, cultivate both blessings and wisdom, at the same time, pray that all of our undertakings for the coming year be propitious, and that all our loved ones be spared from harm.

The blessing activities include the holding of the Chinese New Year Blessing Ceremony on the first day of the lunar year, January 28, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. During the ceremony, The Universal Gateway of Guanyin Bodhisattva will be chanted, followed by Grand Meal Offering, Blessing Ceremony and the Striking of the Monastic Drum and the Bodhi Bell. After the ceremony, we shall offer all merits towards the attainment of peace, happiness, blessings, and longevity; we shall also pray for prosperity for all nations, and world peace.

Over the period of eight days, from January 28 to February 4, the monastery will also highlight the Ten Auspicious Gateways to the Mind ~ Find the Precious Jewel of our True Nature. The Treatise on Awakening of Faith says: “When one cultivates by performing all good deeds, the process will naturally lead to Suchness (Buddhahood).” By doing meritorious deeds such as repentance, making vows, striking of the Bodhi bell, making offering to the Enlightened Sages, and making other extensive offerings, which are all aimed at finding the precious jewel of one’s true nature, one can truly say that he/she has obtained the most auspicious and precious wealth in the world.

The blessing activities are as follows:

Date/Time Blessing Activities
Jan. 28
9:00am-1:00pm
Chinese New Year Blessing Ceremony
Vegetarian lunch is served for all visitors
Jan. 28 – Feb. 4 10:00am-5:00pm Ten Auspicious Gateways to the Mind ~ Find the Precious Jewel of Your True Nature

  • Auspicious Draw — Get the Jewel map.
  • Incense Offering —A sincere mind is the most auspicious.
  • Repentance and Making Vows — Cleansing the mind of all impurities.
  • Lamp Offering — The lamp of wisdom forever shines.
  • Flower Offering—When the mind flower blooms, one sees the Buddha.
  • Wishing Tree — The power of a sincere wish can ensure success.
  • Offering to Enlightened Sages — A clear mind brings blessings.
  • Buddhist Images — Mind-Transforming Treasures.
  • Bell Striking—The bodhi enlightened mind lives for eternity.
  • Blessing Pouches —Dharma joy in the Zen Mind.

Ocean Sky Chan Monastery

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Ocean Sky Chan Monastery is located at Little Baguio, the center of the National Capital Region of Metro Manila, adjacent to the booming Green hills commercial district in San Juan City.

Ocean Sky has been offering weekly meditation classes since its inception in 2002 up to the present. Classes are offered in both Chinese and English. We also provide Bodhi Star classes for kids, and children’s meditation camps during summer vacation. It also holds regular ceremonies like the Grand Meal Offering beforeto the Buddha, blessing and memorial prayers, repentance ceremonies, etc.

The classes and activities all aim to help people purify their minds, to focus, calm down, begin to see things as they are, and to be awakened.

All classes and events are free of charge. We are supported by generous donations.

2017 Class Schedule

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2017 SECOND TERMMAY ~ AUGUST
ClassDateDayTimePrerequisites
English ClassesBeginners' Meditation Class A5/10-7/26WED7:30pm - 9:30pmNone
Beginners' Meditation Class B5/13-7/29SAT2:30pm - 4:30pmNone
Intermediate Meditation Class A5/8-7/31MON7:30pm - 9:30pmBeginners' Certificate
Intermediate Meditation Class B5/13-7/29SAT1pm~3:30pmBeginners' Certificate
Advanced Meditation Class5/7-7/30SUN9:30am~12pmIntermediate Certificate
Sutra Study5/7-7/30SUN11am~1:30pmAdvanced Certificate
Chinese ClassesIntermediate Meditation Class5/9-7/25TUE7pm - 9pmNone
Sutra Study5/11-7/27THU7pm - 9pmAdvanced Certificate
Advanced Meditation Class5/12-7/28FRI7pm - 9pmIntermediate Certificate
Chanting Class5/20-7/29SAT9:00-10:30amLimited to Meditation Students Only
Bodhi Star Meditation Class for Kids1/21~4/1SAT12:00pm - 1:40pmAge 6-15

Mandarin Class5/14-7/30SUN2pm - 3:30pmLimited to Meditation Students Only