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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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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