Amitofo! Happy New Year!
The 2014 January thru March activity calendar for the True Buddha Temple Maryland is out.
As with a new year, the temple is taking a new approach to its activity calendar, going from a monthly-cycle to a quarterly basis. So the current issue contains the activities for first three months of 2014 (Jan/Feb/March). Hope everyone will like the new format and hope this will allow people to better schedule their time in order to participate in the temple’s activities.
The Chinese New Year is coming! The Year of the Horse will arrive on Friday, January 31, 2014. Like past years, the temple will be hosting the Maitreya Buddha Birthday Grand Offering ceremony and the First Incense Offering event on the Chinese New Year’s Eve, which will be Thursday 1/30 at 11pm in the evening. Everyone is more than welcome to attend this auspicious event to kick off the new lunar year! The temple will have on hand lunar calendars, fortune pouches, blessing charms, and refreshments.
Also, for anyone who’d like to ask for blessings for the new year, and especially for those whose Chinese zodiac sign is either the Horse, Rat, Rabbit, or Rooster, you are encouraged to visit the temple and register for yourself and your family the Blessing of the 2014 Year Guardian (Tai Sui), the year-long and always-lit Fortune Lamp offered to Buddhas, and the Longevity Plaque for the elderlys’ health and longevity. If you’d like to register online instead, please use the online registration form.
By the way, the ceremonies for the send-off of the current 2013 Year Guardian and the welcoming of the new 2014 Year Guardian will take place on Friday, January 24 at 10am in the morning. All are welcome to stop by to make offerings to the old Year Guardian and welcome the new Year Guardian.
To celebrate the birthday of Avalokiteshvara (GuanYin Bodhisattva), the temple will be inviting Vajra Master Lian Je from the New York Diamond Temple to preside over two ceremonies in March, the Great Compassion Repentance Ceremony on 3/22, and the Hayagriva Homa Ceremony on 3/23. Please mark your calendars and let others know!
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