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菩薩寺弘法隊準備好一切。明天開始我們的監獄假日特別發放旅程。 🙏🏼🙏🏼
The IBS team is on the mark to go with everything packed for the Special Prison Holiday Program.
May Buddha bless us with a smooth journey. 🙏🏼🙏🏼
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Monday December 11th, 2017 - 10:03 pm  ·  

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Letter from Brother Guan Rong,
My name is Guan Rong, I am 55 years of age and I’m a member of the Blue Lotus Sangha at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison – Delta Facility (CVSP-D). I have been incarcerated for the past 35 years. I’ve been studying Buddhism for about two and half years.
I started studying Buddhism because I wanted to change my way of living. A friend invited me to a Buddhist service here (CVSP-D) that was being given by Venerable Zhong. I did not know what to expect until I sat there listening to everything Venerable said and to what the other Buddhist Brothers were talking about which made me start to think.
My Study of Buddhism has helped me a lot, in so many ways. When I told my family that I was studying Buddhism they laughed at me in the beginning, but as time went on, they started to see that I became a happier person. My faith along with my meditation has helped me open up to them and they recognize that.
When I took the 5-Precepts, I did not know what it was until the day of my ordination and throughout that day, I see a lot of things in a different way. Just like the first Precept says “No Killing” there was this guy who kicks this little kangaroo mouse and broke his leg. I could not let it go, so my friend has brought the kangaroo mouse me and I nurture the mouse back to health. Now the mouse has become a pet, like a little dog, its like kangaroo mouse is part of the family. That is what the first precept taught me that everything has the right to live and that the kangaroo mouse could have been someone who came back in another life.
What do I want to learn about Buddhism? Is how to deal with the everyday part of life and to know everything about Buddhism that way I can help other people out the way, it has help me understand the way of life in the world today. The one person who has helped me out a lot, it is like my son he has always been there for me all the time he will be there to make sure I do my studies each day.
My meditation practice that we do has help me control my anger where people or something gets me upset, I would just lay down on my back and do my relax meditation for an hour but most of the time I’ll do my meditation in the morning. But my interest in taking this course is to help me better understand about Buddhism, meditation, and the Dharma but most all to know what I believe in. And I want my family to accept me for my belief because my study of Buddhism, I am now seeing things in a different eye.
But my current understanding of Buddhism is a long way off. There is a lot I need to know about being a good Buddhist. I want to be able to help people and to where I can teach Buddhism to other people, and mostly to better understand my faith. If I would of studying Buddhism sooner, I think I would have been a better person and I would show
compassion for the world sooner.
The teachings that we get helps us. Our family gets the enlightenment which helps myself and other Buddhist understand the Buddha’s life. For me I just want everyone to be honest and try to understand life and to help each other if they have faith or not it is up to us to help each other always. My Buddhist studies help me a lot now, and I’ll always read Dharma and pray to Buddha.
With Metta
Guan Rong
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Saturday December 9th, 2017 - 7:51 pm  ·  

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歡迎參加
慧光師父 主持大般若轉經法會
內 容:諷誦 大般若經 第五會
主 辦:香港菩薩寺
日 期:2017年12月8-10日
時 間:上午09:00 至晚上09:00
地 點:香港饒宗頤文化館
香港青山道800號
地鐵美孚
站B出口 10分鐘
電 話:+852 2596 0386 許居士
+886932809404 葉居士
電 郵: hkibsvima@gmail.com

12/10 週日
09:00-10:30 大般若經 卷564
11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向
12:00-13:30 午齋 養息
13:30-15:00 開示般若法義
15:30-17:30 大般若經 卷565
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歡迎參加 慧光師父 主持大般若轉經法會 內 容:諷誦 大般若經 第五會 主 辦:香港菩薩寺 日 期:2017年12月8-10日 時 間:上午09:00 至晚上09:00 地 點:香港饒宗頤文化館 香港青山道800號 地鐵美孚 站B出口 10分鐘 電 話:+852 2596 0386 許居士 +886932809404 葉居士 電 郵: hkibsvima@gmail.com 12/10 週日 09:00-10:30 大般若經 卷564 11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向 12:00-13:30 午齋 養息 13:30-15:00 開示般若法義 15:30-17:30 大般若經 卷565 總迴向

Saturday December 9th, 2017 - 6:05 pm  ·  

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菩薩寺監獄弘法隊將於下星期二開始為期十天的北加州監獄歲末年終假日特別禮物發放活動。感恩各地䕶法檀那們的熱烈支持及嚮應。讓我們能夠將愛心送進鉄圍內的法友們。給他們帶來希望及溫情。因為年終很多獄史都在休假。我們以後會繼續安排其他地區的監獄發放。祈願諸佛菩薩加被。在這普天同慶的歡樂日子裡。大家一切順遂。身心愉快健康。🙏🏼🙏🏼

The IBS team is getting ready for our Special Prison Holiday Gift Program in Northern California next week. We will be leaving San Diego on 12-12 and returning on 12-22.

The following is our itinerary for the first trip.:

12-12 Tue. Tehachapi SP
12-13 Wed. Wasco SP
12-14 Thur. Kern Valley SP
12-15 Fri. Salinas Valley SP
12-16 Sat. California Health
Care Facility
12-17 Sun. Valley SP
12-18 Mon. Central California
Women’s Facility
12-19 Tue. Avenal SP
12-20 Wed. California Men’s
Colony
12-21 Thur. Norco SP
12-22 Fri. Chino Institution
For Women

Due to the year end holidays, lot of the Correction Officers will be on vacation. We will continue to schedule for more institutions at a later date to deliver our holiday gifts.

Grateful to all IBS’ generous sponsors from all over the world, your kindness and donation will bring tremendous happiness to numerous Dharma brothers and sisters in the Iron Temples. May Buddha bless you all with a happy and safe holidays! 🙏🏼🙏🏼
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Friday December 8th, 2017 - 10:21 pm  ·  

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紀念佛成道日 大般若轉經 法會

主 法:菩薩寺住持 上慧下光 和尚
內 容:諷誦 大般若經 第五會
主辦 :香港菩薩寺
日 期:2017年12月8-10日
時 間:上午09:00 至晚上09:00
地 點:香港饒宗頤文化館
香港青山道800號 地鐵美孚
站B出口 10分鐘
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本法會敬設消災、超薦二壇,歡迎十方善信踴躍登記

功 德:隨喜發心,金額不限
贊助尼泊爾菩薩沙彌學院建寺基金

主 辦:香港菩薩寺(非牟利機構)
電 話: +852 2596 0386 許居士
+886932809404 葉居士
電 郵: hkibsvima@gmail.com
地 址:香港灣仔軒尼詩道289號朱鈞記商業中心16A

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法會香別

12/8 週五
09:00-10:30 淨壇、大般若經 卷556
11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向
12:00-13:30 午齋 養息
13:30-15:00 大般若經 卷557
15:30-17:00 大般若經 卷558
17:00-18:00 藥石
18:00-19:30 大般若經 卷559
19:30-21:00 開示般若法義

12/9 週六
09:00-10:30 大般若經 卷560
11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向
12:00-13:30 午齋 養息
13:30-15:00 大般若經 卷561
15:30-17:00 大般若經 卷562
17:00-18:00 藥石
18:00-19:30 大般若經 卷563
19:30-21:00 開示般若法義

12/10 週日
09:00-10:30 大般若經 卷564
11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向
12:00-13:30 午齋 養息
13:30-15:00 開示般若法義
15:30-17:30 大般若經 卷565
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歡迎參加 紀念佛成道日 大般若轉經 法會 主 法:菩薩寺住持 上慧下光 和尚 內 容:諷誦 大般若經 第五會 主辦 :香港菩薩寺 日 期:2017年12月8-10日 時 間:上午09:00 至晚上09:00 地 點:香港饒宗頤文化館 香港青山道800號 地鐵美孚 站B出口 10分鐘 報 名: goo.gl/forms/fJLVI4yBMcUBnMYC2 本法會敬設消災、超薦二壇,歡迎十方善信踴躍登記 功 德:隨喜發心,金額不限 贊助尼泊爾菩薩沙彌學院建寺基金 主 辦:香港菩薩寺(非牟利機構) 電 話: +852 2596 0386 許居士 +886932809404 葉居士 電 郵: hkibsvima@gmail.com 地 址:香港灣仔軒尼詩道289號朱鈞記商業中心16A *取票 為莊嚴壇場,欲參加法會誦經者,敬請到聯絡處先行登記取票,若有不便者,請先來電預約。 *提供網路直播 法會期間,歡迎參與線上共修 請發電郵hkibsvima@gmail.com ,註明“參與般若法會“,法會前可收到邀請與操作方式。 法會香別 12/8 週五 09:00-10:30 淨壇、大般若經 卷556 11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向 12:00-13:30 午齋 養息 13:30-15:00 大般若經 卷557 15:30-17:00 大般若經 卷558 17:00-18:00 藥石 18:00-19:30 大般若經 卷559 19:30-21:00 開示般若法義 12/9 週六 09:00-10:30 大般若經 卷560 11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向 12:00-13:30 午齋 養息 13:30-15:00 大般若經 卷561 15:30-17:00 大般若經 卷562 17:00-18:00 藥石 18:00-19:30 大般若經 卷563 19:30-21:00 開示般若法義 12/10 週日 09:00-10:30 大般若經 卷564 11:00-12:00 佛前大供 二壇迴向 12:00-13:30 午齋 養息 13:30-15:00 開示般若法義 15:30-17:30 大般若經 卷565 總迴向

Thursday December 7th, 2017 - 4:14 pm  ·  

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「慶生福田」

諸君可曾因想不到怎樣慶祝生日而煩惱嗎? 又或者覺得生日只是吃喝玩樂實在不夠意思,繼而想把慶生活動過得有意義一點?

我們首先祝福師姐陳巧芬生日快樂,因你的慶生活動注入了愛心的布施,讓世界變得更美。
在此我們祝福,常伴喜悅!法喜充滿!身體健康!

同時也為Tracy Chung 在特別日子裡,記念而作功德,提升善緣,增加福報。

布施溫飽,施與受同樣幸福!

布施不但皆大歡喜,得到更多人的祝福,更別具意義的是你的善行不止感動人心,也推動更多善心人響應,在此我們代表受惠的貧苦者衷心的向你送上滿滿的感謝和無限的祝福。

如果我們能夠在特別日子以布施來做功德,幫助他人,成就他人,我們也能從中成長,今天善長人翁的一份布施,成就了孤兒院和印度貧困者,和供養僧人飯食,不但享受了一頓溫飽,還感受到人間溫暖,感動與希望,富有他們心靈的同時,讓他們知道他們不是被世界遺忘的一群,他們是受尊重的,世界另一角度的人也在關心他們;藉著布施,把愛傳播,實在是皆大歡喜及充滿愛的珍貴回憶。

布施的心沒分彼此,也不在金錢的多寡,而是對利益眾生的一片心意;布施能廣結善緣,修福報,捨慳貪,增長慈悲心,自利又利他,以這樣別具意義做功德來迴向恩重如山的父母,實在是非常有意義的事。
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Saturday December 2nd, 2017 - 8:40 pm  ·  

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隨喜各位菩薩們,為感恩節被殺火雞念了11880 遍往生咒。
美國菩薩寺感恩諸位法友們,一起念往生咒108 遍,為受到大批量被宰殺火雞眾生持咒,美國菩薩寺為每年被摧毀火雞們,念誦往生咒 108 遍,回向被殺的火雞,祈請佛菩薩引領能夠投生三善趣,能夠接觸佛法遇到善知識,引導找出了生脫死,超越輪迴的成佛之道。
須於今天30號是我們今年大回向活動完滿的日子,但第二個火雞受到大殺害的年終假期,將會是第二個大屠殺時候,所以美國菩薩寺還得仰仗諸位大德,在你們每天功課裏或是持咒後,再次為被殺火雞們再回向,願火雞們業障消除,離苦得樂,往生淨土!
佛弟子是很清楚明白因果關係,被殺火雞產生多大的痛苦,還有是大批量被宰殺,產生的負能量、怨氣沖天,對這個本來已很多天災的娑婆國土,宰殺活禽是不能鼓勵的,因為我們知道天災死傷是共業苦報,諸位菩薩感恩你們的參與,在這四周吃肉的假期派對、社交場合中,你們堅持茹素,並為不幸投生家禽眾生做佛事,念及他們苦難,為他們作功德迴向,感恩你們,願諸佛菩薩的慈悲願力和圓滿德能,諸位同修福慧增長,佛土蓮花盛開!阿彌陀佛!
願以此功德,莊嚴佛淨土,上報四重恩,下濟三塗苦,若有見聞者,悉發菩提心,盡此壹報身,同生極樂國。
如果我們有漏掉任何菩薩的名字,請原諒,阿彌陀佛!
1. Shirley Tam
2.張丽岩
3.关君青
4. 譚瑞欽Daniel Tam
5. Min-Min Wong
6. Leanne Chen
7. Jean Tam
8. Connie Jeng
9. Maria Wang
10. 高澄
11. Rame Chiu
12. Yvonne Choi
13. Anita
14. Raymond Tam
15. Lindsey Tam
16. Stephanie Tam
17. Eric Wang
18. Fenny Lin
19. 果瓔
20. Katherine Hao
21.Leong kwai Yeng
22.Lim Tsui Hong
23. Carmen Siow
24. Susanna Wong
25. Tsering Sonam
26. Kunzang Dolma
26. 王淑芝
28. Lau Nyok Choo
29. 姚忠辉
30. 楊宜敏
31 仁延
32. Ng Shuk Fan
33.Echo Roberts
34.Jackilyn Roberts
35.Davidson J
36. Senchin Matt Yang
37. 觀俞
38.Kate Buzz
39. Jenny Hsieh
40. Pi Wen Chang
41.Ben Fung
42.Shella Cheung
43.Ooi Leang
44.楊秋萍
45.Renee Weng
46.仁智
47. 張心如
48.陳清停
49.Sydny Ang
50. 潘络绎
51. 余文發
51. 觀晴
52. 黎金翠
53.陳幸兒
54.石玉麗
55.陈巧芬
56.陈巧仪
57.陈锡彬
58.陈荣焕
59.李群秀
60. 赵松爱
61.伍伟林
62. 郭憲霖
63. Yevonne Luo
64. Sherry Chen
65.Christine Chen
66.詹紫安
67.Meeiling Yang
68.黃綉峰
69.馬琍蘋
70.李秀珍
71. 林素玲
72. 蔡美鈴
73. 郭燕飛
74. 龔秀琴
75. 田義隆
76. 吳鶯蘭
77. 吳秀鳳
78. 謝敏明
79. 葉振
80. 卓玉枝
81. 陳圖強
82. 張麗真
83. 申永光
84. 劉鳳芸
85. 黃月光
86. 胡明藻
87. 朱詩芑
88. 李鳳蘭
89. 張瀞文
90. 關仙桃
91.Nitaya 圆鑫
92.Jiankun guo
93.Julie Tsui 李悦。
94.珠吉
95. Tanya Hsiao
96.林楚英
97.陳文風
98. Mei Wong
99. Poh Chin Huan
100.周維華
101.劉惠娟
102.張潤玉
103.邱澤雅
104.苏玲玲
105.苏伊玲
106.蔣松濤
107.劉子宸
108. 陳心渝
109. Clara Lu
110. 盧冠如
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Thursday November 30th, 2017 - 8:23 pm  ·  

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TODAY IS #GIVING TUESDAY
It is Giving Tuesday! This is a day after all the Black Friday, Cyber Monday. IBS focus on the prison visitation program changing lives. In addition, the Gates Foundation is matching up to $2 million dollars and FB is waving all processing fees for donations made today and today only on FB. So please make a donation today here thru the FB fundraising campaign and it will be doubled! Amitofo 🙏🏼🙏🏼
- https://www.facebook.com/donate/ibstemple.org/donate

請支持美國菩薩寺監獄年節禮物活動

歲末假日時節已快來臨了!對一般大眾而言,感恩節、聖誕節和新年等節日,都是我們家人團圓或親朋好友互聚,帶給我們溫馨和快樂的時光。

然而,世上仍有一些人,這段時間無法和他們的親人共享天倫之樂的福報。二十多年來,菩薩寺的團隊孜孜不倦地致力於監獄弘法的工作,至今已走遍31所加州的監獄。我們見證到過年過節時,是這些師兄師姐們最感空虛和痛苦的時候。由於他們無法和親戚朋友共度佳節,分享快樂的時光,以致很多人衍生出憂鬱的症狀,甚至有些人竟想不開,想結束他們的生命。
為了提振他們的情緒,菩薩寺會準備一些簡單的禮物,諸如新的月曆和記事簿等,於十二月份弘法時,帶去發放給獄友們,讓他們感受到人間的溫暖,也知道社會上仍有許多人在關心他們,並和他們分享節慶的喜悅。

歲末時機是我們表現慈悲和寬恕最好的時刻。因此,我們誠摯地邀請大家來支持這項極有意義的活動,數目不拘來共襄盛舉。
最後,祝大家平安、喜樂和安全地歡度佳節。並願佛菩薩保佑,眾生都能免受痛苦及痛苦之因。

SPECIAL PRISON HOLIDAY GIFTS PROGRAM

The holiday season is here! For many of us, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year are the times that bring us warmth and joy as we reunite with family and friends.

However, there are some that do not have the fortune of spending this joyous season with those closest to their hearts. For more than 20 years, The International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS) team has been working with prison inmates by conducting Buddhist services at the current record of 31 prisons. We have witnessed that the holiday season is one of the most difficult times for our Dharma brothers and sisters. Without family and close friends to enjoy the festivities, many become depressed. A few would go as far as contemplating in ending their own lives.

To help provide relief, the IBS team prepares simple presents such as calendars and notebooks to give to these inmates as we make a special prison holiday gifts trip in December. We want to show them that people still care and that the holidays are a special occasion worth celebrating.

This wonderful season is the best time for all of us to reflect on kindness and forgiveness. So we invite you to join us in supporting this meaningful cause. Any donations will be gratefully accepted.

In the end, we wish everyone a peaceful, joyful and safe holiday. With Buddha's blessing, may all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

如蒙捐贈,支票請寄:
IBS
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Tuesday November 28th, 2017 - 11:12 am  ·  

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美國菩薩寺分享法友「觀奇」的一封信:

當我八歲時,有一天和一群玩伴在路邊玩耍。我撿到一些破鏡子的碎片。我想要把它重組回原來的鏡子,但我知道這是不可能的事。因此,我撿其中最大的一片,在石頭上把四周尖銳的邊緣磨平,好好保存起來。

我把它當成玩具來玩,而且很感著迷。我可以用它去照亮我房間裡面一些陰暗的地方,諸如所有陽光不能直接照到的深孔、縫隙和嚇人的黑暗壁櫥等。它成為我稱心的玩具。我玩這面鏡子,用它來照亮所有光線照不到的地方。

後來我逐漸長大成人,一些童年的玩具都忘掉了。生活上也經歷了不少因緣際會,同時也迷失掉我自己。

我於2011年入獄。如果我沒有入獄服刑,我不可能和佛教結緣。

2014年7月21日,菩薩寺的顯中師父授我三皈依,成為在家的佛教徒。

我學佛和打坐後。我終於了解童年的那面鏡子,不僅僅是童年時的玩具,也成為我生活中可以借鏡之物。我知道我自己不是光亮或光源,然而真理、理解和認知之光,確實存在,而且,只在我們去觀照它時,才在黑暗中顯現出它的光亮。

我只是破鏡子的一面碎片。我不知道它原來是什麼設計和形狀。但就我現在所擁有的碎片,我可以用它來觀照世間的黑暗面、照亮監獄內外人性的醜陋面,並改變某些人的因緣。

這只是我個人的觀感,也許別人也有相同的看法。這是我人生的意義,也是佛教信仰教導我的人生觀。

IBS would like to share a letter from Dharma brother William:

When I was a small child of about eight years, some friends and I were playing outside close to a road. I found broken pieces of mirror and as I tried to put it back together, I realized this would not be possible. I took the largest piece and by scratching it on a stone, I smoothed the edges.
I began to play with it as a toy and become fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine in deep hole and crevice and the dark , scary closet in my bedroom. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find.
I eventually grew up into a young man, leaving the toys behind. I went through many relationship, eventually losing myself.
I came to prison 2011 and if I did not come to prison, I would not have been introduced to Buddhism.
I became an ordinate lay Buddhist on July 21, 2014 by the venerable Xianzhong and the IBS.
I studied and meditated, I realize the ‘Toy’ was not just a child’s game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light, which is truth, understanding and awareness, is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.
I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world, into the black places in the Hearts of men, in and out of prison and change something in some people.
Perhaps others may see and do likewise, this is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life, this is what Buddhism mean to me.
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Tuesday November 28th, 2017 - 6:53 am  ·  

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