Regular Buddhist Ceremonies
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM (Summer), 9:00 AM (Winter), Buddha of Medicine chanting ceremonies are held in the Main Gracious Hall. On New Moon and Full Moon Days of the lunar calendar, additional chanting ceremonies of the Great Compassionate Repentance are conducted.
The temple holds various ceremonies and services on special lunar calendar days in accordance with traditional Mahayana Buddhist rituals. Please see our Calendar for specific dates.
Ancestral Chanting Ceremonies
Three times a year for several days each, special chanting services are held to commemorate the ancestors in the Main Gracious Hall. Our Ksitigarbha Hall (Ancestral Hall) is also used for memorial and chanting services for the departed. We uphold the virtues of filial affection and sense of duty to the ancestors.
There are two kinds of religious service that the monks and nuns at the temple can conduct for the deceased: chanting the Amitabha Sutra, or chanting the Ksitigarbha Sutra. The Amitabha Sutra lasts for 2 hours (from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM). The Ksitigarbha Sutra takes about 3 hours (from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM). Ancestral tablets with the deceased's name (with or without a photograph) can be also placed in the temple. With their names engraved onto wooden or plastic tablets, those who have passed on will be able to listen to the prayers of the monks and nuns everyday. As prayer services involve the chanting of sutras, the departed will benefit from recitations of the Buddha’s teachings so that they may too become enlightened and eventually enter Nirvana. Please contact a temple representative for more information.
Daily prayers are held at 5:00 AM, and 6:30 PM in the Main Gracious Hall by Sangha at the temple.
Ceremony for Taking Refuge under the Buddha
Venerable Guan Cheng conducts a ceremony for people who wish to take refuge under the Buddha to officially become a Buddhist every first Saturday of the month at 1:30 PM. Those interested should retrieve a form from the Gracious Hall or access one online. Each ceremony takes place in the Gracious Hall and lasts for approximately one hour, during which time the Venerable leads a prayer and describes the true meaning behind officially becoming a disciple of the Buddha. Register Now.
The temple hosts several types of Buddhist meditation and chanting retreats throughout the year. One of the most well known is the Seven-Day Chanting Retreat. During the retreat, followers meditate, chant, and attend Dharma talks delivered by our abbot.
Saturday Morning Class on Buddhism & Meditation (in English)
Classes on meditation emphasize the need for inward concentration and purification of the mind. They are held every Saturday morning from 9:00AM to 11:00AM. In the first hour, students learn to refine various meditation methods, such as seated meditation and walking meditation. The last hour is usually reserved for Dharma talks and discussions on Buddhist philosophies or sutras. Sign up now.
Dharma talks (in Cantonese or Mandarin) are also available
Please see Educational Services.