Ringing the Bell Blessing Service and Spring Auspicious Blessings Dharma Service....

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Vancouver, Canada  I  January 31, 2022  I  10.45 AM –

The World’s Famous Buddha Chanting Master, The Chief Abbot of Pure Land Temple & Lingyen Mountain Temple – Canada, Most Venerable Master Tze Cheng, held a special “Ringing the Bell Blessing Service and Spring Auspicious Blessings Dharma Service” at Lingyen Mountain Temple in British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada on January 31, 2022.

Chinese New Year’s Eve and held the Spring Auspicious Blessings Dharma Service from February 1st to 3rd to pray for auspiciousness, peace and safety for the world, and early resolution of the pandemic. Both of these Dharma Services were open to in-person attendance by reservation and were simultaneously streamed online. With the sound of the bell and sincere prayers, welcomed in Chinese New Year; with the Ceremony of Six Offerings, cultivated blessings and wisdom.

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, apart from the Buddha Hall service which required reservation, the temple also designed a “Visitation Order” for visitors, including ten zones where visitors could offer incense, pay homage to the Buddha, make wishes and pray for blessings. Ten pathways were put in place in the outdoor Guan Yin Gazebo courtyard, which is usually only open to the public on Sundays, so that everyone could offer incense and ask for a divination in an orderly manner. There was also a Lamp Offering and Wish-Making event in the courtyard. Two walls were placed on either side of the Guan Yin Gazebo, where visitors could write their New Year’s wishes on a card and tie it onto the wall. The walls were filled with the hopes of the visitors, as they prayed for Guan Yin Bodhisattva to fulfill their wishes.

The Hall of 18 Arhats was one of the highlights of this year’s event. It is stated in the sutras that Arhats are the disciples who received the Buddha’s final instructions to spread the Buddha Dharma and benefit sentient beings in this world. The temple enshrined the statues of the 18 Arhats in the Hall on the main floor, for visitors to make offerings and cultivate blessings. It is recorded in the sutras that sincerely making offerings to the Arhats can help us eliminate the afflictions in our lives, and plant seeds in the field of blessings.

At the exit area, the temple prepared protective souvenirs, Noodles of Peace, and Fruits of Auspiciousness to give to all visitors, as a way to express our best wishes for each and every person. Approximately 1,000 visitors came to the temple on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Under the direction of the Masters and volunteers, the entire event proceeded in a very orderly manner. As the pandemic continues, our hearts came together to pray for peace, safety, auspiciousness and fulfilment of our wishes in the New Year.

During the 3-day Spring Auspicious Blessings Dharma Service, we recited the Sutra of Auspiciousness every day, and respectfully presented offerings of incense, flowers, lights, perfume, fruits, and music. The Masters of the temple presented the offerings on behalf of the benefactors, expressing their respect and sincerity to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. On the final day of the service, the Venerable Abbot of the temple, Dharma Master Tze Cheng, discussed how from the past to the present, people have had the habit of searching externally for solutions to things that are beyond their control. In midst the widespread value placed on fame and profit in this world, it is easy to lose sight of our true selves. How do we move towards a path of true auspiciousness in life? Throughout the three days of reciting the Sutra of Auspiciousness along with the Masters, the Buddha offers us simple verses that remind us of how to conduct ourselves in our lives. We hope that we will all take inspiration from this sutra and begin to readjust our values and attitudes, establish right views, understanding and contemplation, live with right mindfulness, and cultivate both blessings and wisdom.

Most Venerable Master Tze Cheng was born in 1978 in the city of Taoyuan, Taiwan. He entered monastic life in 1987 under Venerable Master Miao Lien of Taiwan Lingyen Mountain Temple. In 2002, he took the full monastic precepts at Sun Moon Temple. Soon afterwards, he went to study under Venerable Master Wu Ming of Haiming Temple. In 2011, he established the Pure Land Temple in Taiwan. In 2012, he was appointed as Director and Vice Abbot of Cihming Temple. In 2015, he was appointed as Abbot of Zulin Mountain Temple. He is now the Abbot of Pure Land Temple in Taiwan.

Throughout more than thirty years of monastic life, Venerable Master Tze Cheng has taken on the mission of Venerable Master Miao Lien by propagating the Pure Land Dharma method. In particular, he has done extensive research on Buddhist ceremonies and chanting. His hard work and natural talents in these areas have earned him tremendous respect from Buddhists in Taiwan. People are often taken in by his pure and harmonious Dharma sounds. Those who know him describe Venerable Master Tze Cheng as a sincere and honest person who leads a simple life. His compassion permeates through all his interactions with others. All members of the Fourfold Assembly look up to him and his spirit to sacrifice his own well-being for the sake of the Dharma. He continues to spare no efforts in propagating the Dharma, hosting Water and Land Dharma Services, Short-term Monastic Retreats and other major Buddhist ceremonies all across the world, in places such as China, the United States, and Southeast Asia.

On September 14, 2019, under the support and anticipation of the Fourfold Assembly, Venerable Master Tze Cheng officially became the Abbot of Lingyen Mountain Temple (Canada), a role in which he will work hard to carry on Venerable Master Miao Lien’s compassionate vows to build monasteries and guide sentient beings. We trust that under Venerable Master Tze Cheng’s leadership, we will raise the Dharma banner and hang the wisdom lamp, guiding people of all cultures to practice Buddhism. By introducing a new innovative force into the propagation of Buddhism in Canada, Lingyen Mountain Temple (Canada) will be transformed into a Pure Land for everyone.

2022年除夕叩鐘祈福暨新春吉祥祈福法

叩鐘祈福迎新春,六塵妙供增福慧。喜迎壬寅年,加拿大靈巖山寺於1月31日除夕晚間舉辦叩鐘祈福法會,並於2月1日至3日舉辦新春吉祥祈福法會,祈願六時吉祥,國泰民安,世界和平,疫情早日消弭,兩場法會均採預約登記方式開放現場參加,線上亦同步直播法會實況。

「除夕夜,相約在靈巖」,除夕叩鐘祈福除了法會現場需預約共修外,本寺精心規劃了「參禮動線」,共計十個專區供來寺民眾敬香禮佛、祈願植福。平常僅在週日開放的觀音亭廣場,今年規劃了十個路線,讓大家可以井然有序地排隊上香及求籤。廣場裡有供燈祈願活動,並在觀音亭兩側設置許願牆,讓來寺信眾於滿願卡上書寫新年願望,再將卡片繫在許願牆上,牆上滿滿的祈願卡承載著信眾們的期盼,祈求觀音菩薩圓滿心願。

羅漢堂是今年新春活動的亮點之一。羅漢是阿羅漢的簡稱,佛典中記載羅漢是佛陀臨涅槃時,所囑咐到世間弘揚佛法、利益眾生的弟子。本寺安奉十八羅漢像於一樓羅漢堂給予來寺民眾供養植福,佛典中記載至誠心供養羅漢可以幫人除去生活中的煩惱,為眾生植福田。

活動出口處並準備了「平安吉祥大守護」觀音御守、平安麵和吉祥果與大眾結緣,傳達本寺對每位民眾的祝福。

除夕夜當晚,約有1千多位信眾來寺,在師父及義工的引導下,整個活動的人車都是非常有秩序地進出。在疫情未散的時節,一顆顆誠摯的心,共同祈願新的一年平安吉祥,所求皆遂。

為期三天的新春祈福法會,每日恭誦吉祥經一部,敬獻香、花、燈、塗、果、樂等六種供養,由常住師父們代為傳供,為信眾表達對諸佛菩薩的恭敬心。法會圓滿日當天,本寺住持上自下誠大和尚在開示中提到,古往今來,人們對於自己無法掌握的事情,會習慣寄情於外在事物以求趨吉避兇,在追求普世的名利價值中也容易失去真實的自我,究竟人生要如何才能走向真正的吉祥圓滿呢?在三天的新春法會中大眾跟著師父們讀誦吉祥經,佛陀在經中透過簡單的偈誦提醒在家佛弟子的處世之道,希望大家在吉祥經的啟示下重新調整自己的價值觀和心態,建立正確的見解及思惟,保持正念生活,福慧雙修。

現任住持─ 誠大和尚

上自下誠大和尚,西元1978年出生於臺灣省桃園市,1987年於臺灣靈巖山寺禮上妙下蓮老和尚剃度出家,2002年於日月禪寺受具足戒。隨後至海明寺悟明長老座下參學,於2011年創立台灣淨土院,並於2012年受聘台中慈明寺監院、副住持;2015年受聘竹林寺住持;現任臺灣淨土院住持。

至今三十餘年的出家生涯裡,上自下誠大和尚秉承師教,弘揚淨土法門,尤其對佛教的儀式儀軌、梵唄唱念,有深入的研究與天賦,在台灣佛教界備受重視與敬仰,實為佛門龍象,常時以清淨和雅的法音攝化眾生。

上自下誠大和尚為人誠懇樸實,慈悲接眾、為法忘軀,一直以來為四眾弟子景仰與尊崇。大和尚於法務推廣、佈教弘法不遺餘力,弘化全台各地、並遍及中國、美國、東南亞各國,經常主禮水陸法會、短期出家等大型佛事法會。

在加拿大靈巖山寺四眾弟子至心期盼與擁護下,上自下誠大和尚於2019年9月14日陞座,成為加拿大靈巖山寺第二代住持,為護持恩師 妙公老和尚建寺度生的悲心大願而努力。相信在大和尚的帶領之下,必能高啟慧燈、再樹法幢,為佛法於加拿大的推廣注入新的活力,接引更多中外人士學佛修行,使加拿大靈巖山寺成為信眾朝拜、修學的清淨梵剎。

Buddhika Sanjeewa

After visit to Canada