Historically, Emperor Liang initiated this ceremony approximately 1500 years ago. His wife, Chi Hui, died at age of thirty after leading a life marked by jealousy and anger. After her death, she turned into a giant snake and appeared in Emperor Liang’s dream, seeking help. She came to recognize that she needed prayers from the sangha to make up for her bad karma and release her spirit from the lower realms. Through great generosity, Emperor Liang requested the senior monks to write a ten chapter sutra entitled Emperor Liang Jeweled Repentance. As a result of performing this ceremony, his wife’s spirit was released from suffering. Today, over a thousand years later, people still repent and to quell bad karma and benefit deceased ancestors. The blessing for the deceased is a request made by the living on behalf of the ancestors. By reciting the sutra in good faith and participating in the ceremony the deceased will be liberated, the living will quell bad karma and hopefully good fortune will arise. We cordially invite everyone to join us for the ceremony.
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9/8/2014, 4:00 PM Purification Ceremony
9/9/2014, 10:00 AM Repentance Ceremony and Grand Offering to the Buddha
The meditation technique taught by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw belongs to Buddhist Satipatthana Vipassana and it is an insight meditation technique. It is highly emphasized on cultivating insights and wisdom for one’s own body and mind through unmediated perceiving all four primary elements—earth, water, fire and wind. One can eventually contemplate and comprehend the impermanence, suffering (dhukka), emptiness, and non-self, and reach nirvana. This Dharma method (Dharma-paryāya) is often referred as the entrance to reach enlightenment. Continue Reading…
A Course in the Majjhima Nikaya with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
An in-depth study of the important text,The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications).The class startsat 9:00 am with a 50-minutesilent meditation. This is followed at 10 am by a talkona sutta (teaching of Buddha),til 11:20 am, with time for questions. A discussion period with Ven. Bodhiis held after lunch, from 12:15 to 12:45 pm.Newcomers are welcome. If you cannot attend the class in person, you can follow the class by livestream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/venbodhi. Videos of the class are posted during the following week on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/venbodhi.
Abhidharma (literally translated as Highest dharma or Counter to dharma) is a systematic collection of Buddha’s teachings from sutras. The collection, consisting of items (dharma), is grouped into Form, Mind, Mind Concomitant, Nirvāna and the Conditioning Disjoined from Mind. Abhidharma includes the teachings such as Dependent Origination (緣起), Five Aggregates (五蘊), Meditative factors (禪支) Path to enlightenment (修行道次) etc. While it is popular to study Abhidhama of Theravada tradition, it is equally valuable to learn Sarvāstivāda’s Abhidharmas translated into Chinese starting in the 5th Century A.D. The text Abhidharmāvatāra was composed by Skandhila succinctly summarizing all the basic concepts of the Sarvāstivāda school and later influencing the Middle school (Madhyamaka), Yogacāra school and all other Mahāyāna schools. The class will not only be aiming for gaining better understanding of the rudiment concept of Abhidharma, but also including the explanation of the aspect of practice (bhāvanā). We hope the class could stimulate the discussion of and revitalize the historically significant tradition of Abhidharma and practice.
Ven. Dhammadipa (Fa Yao; 法曜) Abbot of Chuang Yen Monastery will be our scholar and guide who will lead the expedition to the vast and breathtaking land of Buddhism and the realm of the Dhamma. Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa translated the text, Abhidhramāvatāra (入阿毗達磨論) into English. He will supplement the discussion of the text with other materials and commentary, thus making Ven. Dhammadipa one of the best persons to lead this study. Dr. Dhammadipa is passionate in delivering the message in many languages. Moreover, his skillful power of analysis and ability to connect to the lay person and practitioner alike can enable each individual to better understand the Buddha’s teaching.
Date & Time: Wednesday 6 – 8 pm
West 25 43rd Street, Rm# 1000, 10/F (between 5th Ave&6th Ave), Manhattan, NY
A book discussion group that focuses on Mahayana Buddhist Books, Sutras and Treatises will start Fall 2014.
Discussion Group Coordinator: Gary Link, Gary has been a member of BAUS (Buddhist Association of the US) for 6 years, is currently a Trustee for BAUS and has given lectures and classes at Chaung Yen Monastery for the past 15 years. His focus of Buddhist Study is Mahayana Buddhism.
Library online catalog is available now, you are welcome to browse through the collection. If you don’t know how to use the system, or has trouble to find a specific item, please feel free to contact us. (please click the following picture to enter the site)