9 April 2024

Dear devotees & friends,

Wednesday, 22 nd May 2024 marks the 2568 th Vesak Day, when we commemorate the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Final Nirvana of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. On this holy day of joy and peace, we contemplate on the Buddha' teachings, on loving kindness and compassion to bring peace and harmony to all humanity!

We will be having The Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經法會 Prayer Service on 18 th and 19 th May 2024 to commemorate the 2568 th Vesak Day.

This Sutra is the cornerstone of Mahayana Buddhism, focussing on the possibility of all beings attaining Enlightenment, regardless of their background. It provides guidance on how to live a life aligned with Buddhist principles and encourages practitioners to cultivate virtues such as compassion, wisdom, and patience, emphasising the importance of benevolent actions in 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

We welcome you to join us in this special prayer of if you wish to dedicate merits to your loved ones, kindly visit our Monastery or call Alice, Danny or Jin Wu on telephone 8950 1883 or 6253 3532.

The other activities to commemorate Vesak 2568 th can be found in                     https://lhm.org.sg/Vesak%202024%201.pdf

As we rejoice, we also ask all to remember those who are less fortunate than us. Our community service arm, Viriya Community Services (VCS) has various projects www.viriya.org.sg that you may wish to support. At VCS, we are committed to promote fulfilling lives by providing social services with the right effort and compassion. With your generous donation of any sum, it will go a long way to help us enhance quality of life for all.

Adoption of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva images

We recently completed the renovation of our 2 Halls, Amitabha Hall at Level B1 and Ksitigarbha Hall at Level B2. During this significant event, 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

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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