Peapeople Update

The ostentation (flock) of peafowl that have moved into Reba and Uma’s home in Sonora, California has grown. Last year the wild residents saw ten additions and most of those babies have survived. The males now have their incredible tail feathers and were even practicing their courtship dances, displaying the full array of dazzling colors and some fancy footwork and moves.

We took the scenic route back to the temple so that Sonyia could see where the fires had burned in the Sierras. ...

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Ordination Ceremony at Hua Zang Si

Grace He entered the monastic way of life and took her first vows toward becoming a Bhiksuni (Bhikshuni) or Buddhist nun at Hua Zang Si on Friday. The temple’s abbot gave her the name Zhengzhi Shi. She will live and train at the Hua Zang temple in San Francisco until she can take her full vows as a Bhikkhuni.

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Thien Vien Chan Nguyen

A group of monastics and laypersons from China, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.S. visited, Thien Vien Chan Nguyen, a Vietnamese monastery and temple near Victorville, California. The Abbot, Thich Dang Phap, welcomed them and invited them to stay for a very authentic Vietnamese lunch in the monastic dining room. The grounds of the temple contained many groupings of statutes that told various stories of the life of the Buddha and honored many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

 

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Cal Earth Tour

Monastic and lay visitors toured the prototype superadobe structures at Cal Earth in Hesperia, California. These earthern buildings are being considered for private isolated meditation “caves” to be built at the Ancient Buddha Temple site for use as three year-three month retreats. The building above was built as a meditation structure with openings in the various directions so as to allow sunlight to enter to mark the time of day. One structure was designed to reflect sound and amplify chanting and ...

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Visit to Ancient Buddha Site

Visitors from China, Taiwan, and Thailand had an opportunity to see the site of the future Ancient Buddha Temple this Sunday. The grass was still crunchy from the previous night’s freeze, and the air was crisp and clear as they were greeted by the friendly resident dogs.

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Kuan Yin Bodhisattva’s Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assemblies & Dharma Class held in Da Nang, Vietnam

Vietnamese Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Empowerment–2017 from Holy Vajrasana Temple on Vimeo.

Three Kuan Yin (Avalokitesvara) Bodhisattva’s Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assemblies were conducted by Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche at the Thai Son Pagoda, in Da Nang, Vietnam on December 15, 16, and 17. Khartas were offered, along with chanting and prostrations to the Holy ones.

Many received healings and various forms of empowerments. Some even saw the magnificent Great Bodhisattva. Some spontaneously started singing, dancing ...

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Kuan Yin Bodhisattva’s Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Empowerment–2017 from Holy Vajrasana Temple on Vimeo.

A Kuan Yin Bodhisattva’s Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly was conducted by Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche on Sunday, December 10, at 10:00 am at a beautiful private retreat center located in the parklike suburban Nongjok District of Bangkok. The Dharma Assembly was followed by a fish release ceremony performed as part of the Kuan Yin Empowerment.

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October Retreat at the Temple

Seventeen Buddhists who attended a seminar and retreat at the Holy Vajrasana Temple over the weekend were able to see the holy Vajra Poles shake during the day and many “orbs” and spirit beings during the night. Click for similar photos taken at the temple.

 

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Manzanar Relocation Center National Historic Site

The abbot of the Holy Vajrasana Temple, Zhaxi Zhuoma, took her brother, Glenn Welker, to visit the Manzanar Relocation Center located on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Owens Valley near Independence, California. Declared a National Historic Site in 1992, this was the location of the most widely known of ten concentration camps established by the United States government where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and forced to live during World War II from 1942-1945. ...

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Late Summer at Yosemite and the High Sierras

Probably the last trip to the Sierras for 2017 was a journey of many contrasts. It started in the remains of the fire ravaged forest left from the South Fork wildfire that burned around 7,000 acres east of Wawona and the Yosemite National Park during much of August. The Yosemite Valley was still very hazy from the smoke. Smokey conditions were even a problem at the temple during this period. Since this was the end of summer, the waterfalls were ...

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