1 June 2024

Dear devotees & friends,

Thank you all for participating in our various events in celebration of the 2568 th Vesak Day. We hope our The Lotus Sutra Recitation Prayer Service (妙法蓮華經法會)has enriched your spiritual journey and with faith and determination, and helped you to cultivate virtues such as compassion, wisdom and patience, emphasising the importance of these benevolent actions in transforming our everyday life.

"Buddhas ... appear in the world for one great reason alone ... to open the door of Buddha wisdom to all living beings."

-The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras

Recitation of Avatamsaka Sutra (華嚴經) in memory of the late Venerable Rong Guang ( 上 榮下光老尼師)

In memory of the late venerable's dedication and contribution to the Buddhist community, we will be reciting Avatamsaka Sutra (華嚴經)from 12 th June to 29 th 2024. This Sutra is the first sutra spoken by Buddha after His Enlightenment and it includes the deeds of Buddha and the resulting merits which blossom like a garland of flowers.

Ullambana Festival(盂蘭盆節)

The Buddhists celebrate the Ullambana Festival, as a month of joy and not a month of hungry ghosts. We observe this festival based on the story of Maudgalyayana and his mother. This is expounded in the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra (地藏菩薩本願功德經) which describes the past lives of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, who took it as his own responsibility to liberate hell-beings. He was moved by filial piety to rescue his deceased mother who was reborn in a woeful state of suffering and hence made his great vow to liberate all hell-beings. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva's vow is that "if the hell is not yet empty, I vow not to become a Buddha." The Sutra also emphasises the miraculous powers that all sins be redeemed by reciting or hearing even a single phrase or verse of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra with earnest reverence.

The Monastery will recite The Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra' daily from 4 th to 31 st August 2024 (except on Sundays when we continue with our regular prayers). The closing ceremony as well as the commemoration of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva" birthday will include The Yogacara Ulka-mukha (Puja) Dharma Service (施放瑜伽焰口) on 1 st September 2024.

If you wish to express your filial piety to your deceased loved ones or dedicate merits to your karmic creditors and or participate in this festival, kindly call Alice or Danny on telephone 6253 3532, WhatsApp 8950 1883 or visit our Monastery.

Adoption of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva images (樹立地藏菩薩像)

We recently completed the renovation of our 2 Halls, Amitabha Hall at Level B1 and Ksitigarbha Hall at Level B2. During this Ullambana Festival, you may wish to adopt our 8- inch Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva which will be permanently placed in our Monastery and your names will be recited during the monthly The Great Compassion Repentance Service. In Buddhism, the gift of the dharma (including the Buddha images) is the greatest gift of all.

Visits to Monastery (參觀龍華藏院)

While there is no requirement to wear masks, we still encourage you to continue with this practice ?especially if you are elderly or having respiratory infection. This helps to protect you and others.

During your visits, we strongly urge all not to bring any joss papers or other paper offering items for offerings to your ancestors as there is strictly no burning within our premises. If, however you wish to do so, please bring them home as well as clear your food offerings after your prayers. As Buddhists, we should take small steps to build a greener environment, reducing the burning of papers and joss sticks.

Thank you all for your co-operation. May the Merits of the Triple Gems be Always with you!

 

 

 



Yours sincerely









 

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