THE SAGELY CITY OF TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS

2008 events, announcements, and news:

December 8 - 12, 2008 : DRBU Spring Semester Registration

November 22, Saturday: Honoring Elders Day. This event will feature perfomances by local students, encompassing everything from traditional Chinese dragon dance to classic folk songs. Lunch is provided. An annual celebration of the wisdom of the elders.

November 11, Tuesday: DRBA Annual Sangha Meeting.

Bathing the Buddha Day

Photographs and videos on the 2008 Ten Thousand Buddhas Jeweled Repentance.

Cherishing Youth Day Celebration was on Friday, April 11, 2008, from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm in the main dining hall at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. This year's theme was "Cherishing Nature and Protecting the Earth." A delicious vegetarian lunch was served and there were performances by students. Students from local schools were invited. Photos and videos: Celebration of Cherishing Youth Day at CTTB.

Photographs and videos on the DRBY Conference at the DRBA Berkeley Buddhist Monastery: Insight & Happiness on the Buddhist Path.

Celebration of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Birthday on March 23, 2008, Sunday (photos):

More photos and some videos on the celebration of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Birthday are available in the Dharmasite website.

Happy Chinese New Year

DRBU spring registration begins from January 22 - February 8. If you are interested in applying for a DRBU degree program, please call: 707 462 5486, or email admissions@drbu.org for more information. Application forms can be downloaded from the DRBU website: http://www.drbu.org/

Happy 2008

The DRBA 2008 Calendar (pdf)

Past 2007 News

 

2008:

December 28 evening: Winter Chan Meditation begins
December 28, 2008 - January 18, 2009 : Chan Meditation
Winter Chan Meditation
Winter Chan Meditation schedule (159 kb PDF)

December 13, evening: Purify the Boundaries for Amitabha Buddha Recitation
December 14: Celebration of Amitabha Buddha's Birthday schedule
December 14 - December 27: Amitabha Buddha Recitation schedule
Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session

November 27 evening: Introduction to Chan Meditation begins.
November 27 - November 30: Chan Meditation
Three Days Meditation schedule (PDF 167 kb)

October 19 evening: Introduction to Chan Meditation begins.
October 19 - October 22: Meditation Session for Beginners schedule (pdf. 157kb)

Gwan Yin Recitation
October 11, evening: Purify the Boundaries for Gwan Yin Recitation
October 12: Celebration of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Leaving Home Day schedule (pdf. 166kb)
October 12 - October 18: Gwan Yin Recitation Session schedule (pdf. 109kb)

Gwan Yin Recitation session

Introduction and photographs : Gwan Yin Bodhisattva

Earth Store Recitation:
August 23, 2008, evening: Purify the Boundaries for the Earth Store Session in the Buddhahall at CTTB.
August 24, 2008: Celebration of Earth Store Bodhisattva's Birthday.
August 24 - August 30, 2008: Earth Store Recitation Session.

Ullambana:
August 10, Sunday: Celebration of Ullambana

Gwan Yin Recitation
July 19, evening: Purify the Boundaries for Gwan Yin Recitation
July 20: Celebration of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Enlightenment
July 20 - July 26: Gwan Yin Recitation session

In June of 1970, the first Gwan Yin recitation session was held. In the Venerable Master's instructional talk, he explained:

"Among all the Bodhisattvas, Kuan Shih Yin has the most compassionate heart and so we say 'Namo to the Greatly Compassionate Bodhisattva Kuan Shih Yin.' Namo is a Sanskrit word. Translated it means 'to return the life and submit respectfully.' To return your life means to offer up your heart, mind, body, and nature to Kuan Shih Yin Bodhisattva. To submit respectfully is to bow reverently to the ground to Kuan Yin..."

To read the entire talk above, please click on: Listen to Yourself, Think Everything Over.

Chan Meditation:
July 27 evening: Introduction to Chan Meditation begins.
July 27 - July 30: Chan Meditation

June 8, Sunday : The Commemoration of the Thirteenth Anniversary of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua's Entering Nirvana.
The Master's 1995 Parinirvana photographs.

May 11: The Celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday: Photos and videos.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Jeweled Repentance:
April 15, 2008, evening: Purifying the Boundaries for 10,000 Buddhas Jeweled Repentance.
April 16 - May 8, 2008: The 10,000 Buddhas Jeweled Repentance.

Photographs and videos on the 2008 Ten Thousand Buddhas Jeweled Repentance.

Chan Meditation:
March 30 evening: Introduction to Chan Meditation begins.
March 30 - April 2: Chan Meditation

Gwan Yin Recitation:
March 22, evening: Purify the Boundaries for Gwan Yin Recitation
March 23: Celebration of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Birthday
March 23 - March 29: Gwan Yin Recitation session

"Prayers depart a thousand hearts, in a thousand hearts she answers,
Sailing through the sea of suffering, crossing people over.
Namo Greatly Kind and Compassionate Bodhisattva of the Crystal land, who dwells on Potala Mountain and observes the sounds of the world."

The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua taught:

"..Our recitation of Guanyin Bodhisattva's name should continue nonstop, like an ever flowing stream, until everything becomes one. Walking, standing, sitting, and lying down, we recite the name of Guanyin. We must pay close attention and not forget Guanyin's name in thought after thought. Each recitation must be clear and distinct; and we certainly shouldn't fall asleep or have idle thoughts while reciting. We must recite single-mindedly, thinking of nothing but the words 'Namo Bodhisattva Guanshiyin,' not leaving the name whether we are walking, standing, sitting, or lying down..."

Weekly Guided Meditation:
Sunday evenings from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the City of 10,000 Buddhas in the University Building, 2nd floor meditation hall.
For more information, please call: (707) 462-0939
Email: meditation@drba.org

December 30, 2007 to January 20, 2008:
Chan Meditation

December 30, evening: Chan meditation begins.
December 30, 2007 – January 20, 2008.

There are different meditational methods taught by the Buddha and the Buddhist Patriarchs. These methods are for calming, concentrating, and purifying the mind.

Chan is an abbreviation of “Chan-na.” In Sanskrit, it is called “Dhyana.”

The Chan Master Hsuan Hua advices:

"In the Dharma-door of investigating Chan, you must fix your attention on what you are doing. At all times, you should return the light and reflect within. Don't be too tense, and don't be too slack. It's said,

    Too tight, and it'll break. Too slack, and it'll be loose. Neither tight nor slack, and it will turn out right.

But neither tense nor slack is the Middle Way. Walking, standing, sitting and lying down, don't be apart from this. Once you leave this, you have missed it. What is this? It's the ultimate meaning of the Middle Way..."

During a Chan instructional talk, Master Hua explained:

"Now we are having a Chan session. Concentration is of vital importance in a Chan session. Your body, mind, and thoughts must be concentrated. Here, your body must walk when it's time to walk, sit when it's time to sit, and lie down when it's time to lie down. Walking, sitting, and reclining, you must follow the rules. Your mind must not give rise to false thinking; then the mind can be concentrated. Your thoughts should be devoid of greed, devoid of hatred, and devoid of stupidity. Single-mindedly investigate "Who is mindful of the Buddha?"

Past 2007 Sessions, Celebrations, and Events

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