2019 Chinese Spring Festival Prayer Dharma Assembly

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2019年2月5日 Audrey

At this time of the Chinese Lunar New Year, it is also a time of gratitude and blessing. The Shaolin Temple of Canada is grateful to all the volunteers for their arduous work. When we volunteer our time and efforts, we gain strength and could help all beings.

During this special time of the Chinese Lunar News Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, a Dharma Assembly will be held to celebrate the festival as well as show our gratitude. There will be a potluck dinner on the New Year’s Eve. Please bring your family and friends with a vegetarian dish (please no onions, garlic or leeks). Moreover, there will be performances and a talent show.

From 9:30 to 11:00 in the morning of the New Year’s Day, we would like to invite all people of any denomination, Buddhist believers, volunteers as well as the community to gather together. During the Chinese Lunar New Year, we come together to pray for the Earth and all beings on it. We will pray together for our spiritual purification, for good weather, and for a smooth year ahead with peace, prosperity, good fortune and wisdom.

Time: (Lunar New Year’s Eve) Feb 4th, 8pm-1:00 am.
(Lunar New Year’s Day) Feb 5th, 9:30am-11:00 am
Venue: Shaolin Temple of Canada at 12080 Bridgeport Rd, Richmond

On Feb. 4th, 2019, the traditional Chinese New Year’s Eve, believers, volunteers, students and other relevant members of the Shaolin Temple of Canada celebrated the lunar New Year’s Eve together with the two Masters of Shi Yanhong and Shi Yandi, and prayed for peace and prosperity of the forthcoming new year.

Master Shi Yanhong, Master Shi Yandi together with volunteers, students and Buddhism practitioners

Believers celebrating the Chinese Spring Festival together with the students

Tasty vegetarian food, Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) and dumplings

Wonderful performances by talented young students

Playing word puzzles and other games

Friends old and new bidding farewell to the old year and ushering in the new year

At midnight, the New Year Blessing Dharma Assembly was held under the leadership of Master Shi Yanhong and Master Shi Yandi. Candle lamps were lit to pray for a smooth and peaceful new year.