Bright Light Chanting Service

Tue, May 29 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Various Interest Classes

Sat, May 26 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Eng. Dharma Class

Sat, May 26 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Vesak Buddha's Birthday Celebration at Celebration Square

Sun, May 27 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Eng. Path to Happiness 101

Sat, May 26 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday Dharma Service

Sun, May 27 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Buddha's Light Scouts

Sun, May 27 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Children Dharma class

Sat, May 26 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Do Buddhists pray before a meal?

Buddhists usually fold their palms before eating while silently offering the meal to Buddha, dharma, Sangha, and all the living beings in all the Dharma realms.  One needs to remember other beings when one is eating the food.  One may silently wish all sentient beings to achieve full accomplishment and to fulfill Buddha's Dharma practice.  The dining hall in a Chinese monastery is usually referred to as “The Hall of Five Contemplations” because people are reminded to contemplate the following five aspects when they eat:
 
  1. To count the amount of merit and appraise the source
  2. To assess one’s own virtues, whether perfect or deficient to deserve the bestowal
  3. To guard one’s mind against faults, greed in particular
  4. To receive this food in order to accomplish spiritual work
  5. To receive this food as medicine for this weakening body