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A large representation of the Wheel of Life (Bravachakra) has just been painted and installed in the Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center in Sanger, Califronia. This image is a symbolic representation of samsara or cyclic existence, dating to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha.
More information on this painting can be found in the pilgrimage section of this website as this is now one of many wonderful sites to see when you visit the temple. When the artist and his friend arrived with ...Continue Reading →
Steam rises from the food being served for lunch at a very short retreat and seminar held at the Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center on February 3-5. Those attending participated in both the regular morning and evening service at the temple, chanting in English, Chinese, and Tibetan. The meals were held in the formal Oryoki style.
Those who understood Chinese listened to several dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III including one on how supernormal powers relate to ending ...Continue Reading →
Buddhist and non-Buddhists from the Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles areas as well as from New York City, Salt Lake City, Sri Lanka, Germany, Cambodia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Shanghai and other parts of China attended a Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly conducted by the Holy Vajrasana Temple at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Clovis, California on January 8, 2017.
Zhaxi Zhuoma Xuan De, the Abbot of the Holy Vajrasana Temple and president of the Xuanfa Institute ...Continue Reading →
Shakyamuni Buddha, Manjurshri Bodhisattva, and Kuan Yin Bodhisattva look down on morning chanting during the Rohatsu Retreat held at the Holy Vajrasana Temple from December 30, 2016 through January 6, 2017. Suonan Ciren Zeng De translated a number of dharma discourses given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III as part of a Xuanfa Seminary sponsored “Learning from Buddha” seminar during the first part of the retreat that ended with a debate among all present on January second. During the remainder of the retreat, ...Continue Reading →
Not what you’d find in most Zen monasteries, but the Holy Vajrasana Temple served a more-or-less traditional vegetarian version of a Thanksgiving feast as an Oryoki dinner during its recent month-long retreat–real mashed potatoes and onion gravy, pecan loaf and cornbread muffins, roasted Brussels sprouts, and–of course–cranberry relish. In the spirit of gratitude for all our many blessings and the gifts of so many, we reflect on the innumerable labors that brought us this food and whether our virtue and ...Continue Reading →
The Xuanfa Five Vidyas Seminary offered its first thirty-Day Formal retreat starting November 15. This time it was entirely in Chinese with a local translator providing the interface between the Abbot and the participants. The day started with chanting the Morning Service, followed by an Oryoki Breakfast. Most mornings were devoted to Dharma practice including a special Retreat Practice that could be held in the Dharmapala Chapel, weather permitting. There can be no electricity, lights, or heat in this chapel. ...Continue Reading →
The fourth Seven-Dharma Seminar on selected dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III was held November 10-13 at the Holy Vajrasana Temple as part of a meditation retreat. Zhaxi Zhuoma read preliminary translations of three discourses, while Chinese students listened to the original discourses in Chinese. The group discussions were held together with the participants asking each other questions on the differences among the generation, completion, and transcendental stages of the Buddha-dharma and how one might respond ...Continue Reading →
On October 28-30 Zhaxi Zhuoma read preliminary translations of dharma discourses given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III at a retreat held at the Heartwood Refuge and Conference Center shown above and located near Hendersonville, North Carolina. The retreat started with an introduction to the Buddha Master and why we know He is a Buddha. The rinpoche also explained how the various Buddhist sects and schools have come into being and the four major traditions that still exist in the world ...Continue Reading →
Family and friends, along with rinpoches and monastics from Vietnamese, Chinese, and American temples including the Holy Vajrasana Temple in Sanger, California, and the Amitabha Temple of Compassion and Wisdom in Rosemead, California conducted a fish release at Marina Del Rey and at sea along with a ceremony to distribute the ashes of Long K. Trieu who left this world on October 5, 2016.Continue Reading →