Thirty-Day Chinese Retreat at Temple

Students from China, Taiwan, and the USA came to spend a thirty-day retreat at the temple to do intensive study of the Dharma Discourses given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and to read the rare and precious Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation text as well practice their dharma. Some were up before dawn to meditate at the site of the Holy Vajra Poles and then do walking meditation around the temple as shown above. They took turns cooking ...

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More Peachicks Arrive

Reba and Uma had ten baby peachicks arrive at their mountain home in Sonora, California, this year and as of July 22, nine have survived. Ladybird, a hand-raised chick from 2015 now has her own family, but lives in a protected cage under the garage porch. She was the first to arrive. The other two peahens were left to roam on their own, one with six babies and the other with two, but only after the resident cats had ...

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July Fourth Retreat and Seminar

Students came over the fourth of July weekend to participate in a XFVU Seminar covering five Dharma Discourses that have been designated as being suitable for beginning students and included a vigorous debate.  Several students continued the retreat, studying a preliminary translation of Learning From Buddha and other Dharma Discourses. They also worked on various temple projects and were able to travel to southern California to hear other Dharma Discourses that answered their questions.

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Trip to Yosemite National Park

Visitors to the temple took a day trip to nearby Yosemite National Park and enjoyed lunch at the grand dining hall at the Majestic Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel). The abundant snow fall last winter is still feeding the magnificent water falls at the park.

Click here to see the same falls a few years ago during the drought.

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Bathing the Buddha Ceremony Held at Hua Zang Si Fresno Mission

Dharma Master Ruo Hui, the Abbot of Hua Zang Si, a Buddhist Temple in San Francisco,  conducted a formal Bathing the Buddha Dharma Assembly at the Hua Zang Si Fresno Mission on 4836 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, California, to celebrate the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha who lived over 2,500 years ago in what is now northern India.

Dharma Master Ruo Hui gave a short talk on the significance of the ceremony and explained the recently installed photos of Elder Holy Monk ...

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New Family Arrives at The Holy Vajrasana Temple

A pair of Canadian Geese showed off their three newly hatched babies bringing them up to the temple and walking around and swimming on the pond. Before the drought, there was a pair of geese who nested every year on the small island in the pond, but they left when the pond dried up. Maybe they have now returned? Another pair of ducks also have ducklings on the lake and the Red-Wing Blackbirds are everywhere. Yellow Monkey Flowers and other ...

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Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Ceremony held in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Xuanfa Dharma Center of Utah sponsored a Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment ceremony at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City on May 6. Click for more information on these ceremonies.

At the Xuanfa Dharma Center the following day Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche read the preliminary translation of “Are Supernatural Powers Necessary to Become Greatly Accomplished? The Difference between Buddha-Dharma and Qigong,” a discourse given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III that comments on the Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion ...

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Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Ceremony Held in North Carolina

A Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment was recently held at the Heartwood Retreat Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This is the second time this empowerment has been given in English. Many of those participating experienced profound encounters from the Great Compassionate One and found old illnesses and pains disappear and emotional blockages released. Some had immediate relief, and others only noticed that long-standing aches and pains were gone after the ceremony.

People came from all over the United States as ...

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The “Wheel of Life” is installed at the Holy Vajrasana Temple

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 ...

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