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2019 Liang Huang Jeweled Repentance Ceremony
Sutra class Fa Shun The Liang Huang Jewelled Repentance Ceremony was a 9 days event. Abbess and Shifus were wonderfully conducting and leading the entire ceremony in a solemn manner. I was deeply absorbed in it. However, the next moment they walked off the Zen Hall, they were back in their usual selves and not attaching to their roles in the ceremony and the wholesomeness they brought forth to the disciples and participants. Outside the Zen Hall, ...
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2019 Chungtai 7-day Meditation Retreat
Reflections: A Precious Find Serena Seah/法緣 For the 7 days, I lived by the sounds of “tock” to signal the start of a meditation session, “ting” to signal the end, followed by walking meditation, then off to the toilet and some hydration. Right from the start I had no idea of the time and after several days, the day. It was actually not a bad way to live. It was kind of free to not be concerned ...
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2018 3-Day Meditation Retreat
Sutra Class/Faith Hawthorne As the perfect conclusion to 2018, and introduction to 2019, Bao Lin hosted a three day meditation retreat from 29 to 31 December 2018. Due to all the efforts of Shifus and volunteers, we enjoyed three days of noble silence to observe the workings of our mind. The goal: to realise the true nature of our mind, being perfectly pure, everlasting, complete and unmoved. From the point of initial registration to the concluding meal, ...
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2018朝聖送機
Chris Quinsee (Fa Chuan) Although I write this more than two months after the pilgrimage ended (I went over to China to spend 6 weeks working in Ningbo) the events and impressions of those two weeks are still clear in my mind. First, I want to say ‘thank you’ to the Shifus. It was not only a privilege to go to Chung Tai Chan, but it made me focus on the meaning of the Dharma and how ...
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2018 10th Anniversary
Baolin Chan Monastery Tenth Anniversary celebration and the Three Refuges and Five Precepts Transmission Ceremony Earnestly invited by the Dharma supporters, on 14 October 2018 the venerable Abbot Jian Deng of Chungtai Chan Monastery came to Melbourne and conducted the Tenth Anniversary Celebration and the Three Refuges and Five Precepts Transmission Ceremony. At 9:30am, about 700 people — community leaders, disciples and members of the public from many different cultural backgrounds — gathered at Baolin, and respectfully ...
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Light offering
The ceremony involving chanting and prostrations before the Buddha help to generate respect, clarity of mind and repentance—to let go of the past year and bring about good conditions for the year ahead. The abbess delivered a Dharma talk asking us to be inspired by the rooster in our efforts this year. Rising early every morning, the rooster is a symbol of diligence. Executive Secretary – Jeffrey (Sutra Study A) As a result of ceremony preparations, I ...
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Kung fu training with Shifu
Ada I think the camp was excellent, it was really fun and I learnt a lot from this CAMP. I liked the story of “the Wild Geese King” told by the Abbess. I learned that I will do things not only good for myself but also others… My favourite game was the one where we needed to free the princess. I liked that game because it was fun and my group won! Ashnila I liked the food, it ...
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