The Life of Buddha
Dhamma is the Most Noble Treasure
The Way To Goodness
07/15/18: Le Vu Lan
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OFFERING STATUES OF BUDDHA AND BODHISATTVA
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Maitreya (Sanskrit) means "loving-kindness", which is regarded as a future Buddha, aka. Happy Buddha. According to Pali Canon, Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dhamma. Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha (Sākyamuni Buddha). The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya refers to a time in the future when the dhamma will have been forgotten by most on the terrestrial world.
Mahakala, aka Skanda is a bodhisattva regarded as a devoted guardian of Buddhist hermitage/monasteries who guards the teachings of Buddhism. He is considered to be the fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. This tutelary deity is one of the Dharmapalas in Vajrayana Buddhism who defend the Dhamma (law) from corruption and degeneration and from forces hostile to it; to keep the site of the ritual free from impure thoughts and actions; to guide and protect the individual practitioner from all kinds of deception and delusion; bestow the power to overcome life struggles; and to eliminate one’s obstacles and impediment that hinders. He is a leader of twenty-four celestial guardian deities.
05/29/18: Vesak Day
Offerings nurture generosity and deepening one's commitment to the Buddha's path. By contemplating on an offering, one tangibly sees life's impermanence which is one of the things upon which the Buddha encouraged his disciplines to recollect. In the Pali Canon, the Buddha declared practice offerings is to practice detachment, non-self, impermanence, and ultimately reaching to Enlightenment.
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Phra Mae Thorani, aka Mother Earth: She is a young woman wringing the cool waters of detachment out of her hair to drown Mara, the demon sent to tempt Gautama Buddha as he meditated under the Bodhi Tree. Gautama Buddha was sitting in meditation under the Bodhi Tree, Mara, the Evil One, wanted to stop him from reaching enlightenment. Accompanied by his warriors, wild animals and his daughters, Mara tried to drive Gautama Buddha from his meditation by claiming that spot belonged to him. Gautama Buddha stretched down his right hand and touched the earth, summoning mother earth to be his witness. The earth deity in the form of a beautiful woman rose up from underneath the throne, and affirmed Gautama Buddha's right to occupy the vajriisana. She twisted her long hair, and torrents of water collected there from the innumerable donative libations of the Buddha over the ages created a flood. The flood washed away Mara and his army, and Gautama Buddha was freed to reach enlightenment.— A Study of the History and Cult of the Buddhist Earth Deity in Mainland Southeast Asia
Who is Buddha?
Ksitigarbha is a Bodhisattva commonly known as "Earth Treasury", "Earth Store", or "Earth Womb". Ksitigarbha is known for his vow that he would not achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. He is therefore often regarded as the Bodhisattva of Spirits and the Guardian of Children. He is a deity of deceased children and aborted fetuses where he is known as a Protector of Children.
07/13/18 - 07/22/18: Three Day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat & Consecration Ceremony of New Buddha and Bodhisattva Statues
Kalama River Meditation Center cordially invites everyone to a 3-day Meditation Retreat which will be guided by Great Monastics: Phra Ajahn Yantra,
Big Baba, Master Lim, and Phra Somchart.
During this retreat, you will have an opportunity to witness the rare consecration ceremony of new Buddha and Boddhisattva Statue from Thailand and Vietnam.
There will be a brief ceremony to present the new statue of the Buddha and Boddhisattva. During this ceremony, you are invited to bring food, flowers, candles, fruit and water to the Buddha and Boddhisattva. Dress in white clothing or primarily white as a sign of purity and respect.
Friday, July 13, 2018:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with the Monastics
Saturday, July 14, 2018:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Second day of Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Sunday, July 15, 2018:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Buddha statues’ consecration ceremony, and Dhamma teaching.
Guan Yu, aka. Guandi is a bodhisattva who is assigned to guard the Buddhist hermitage/monastery, the dhamma, and the faith itself. According to Buddhist legends, in 592, Guan Yu manifested himself one night before the Zen master Zhiyi, the founder of the Tiantai school of Buddhism, along with a retinue of spiritual beings. Zhiyi was then in deep meditation on Yuquan Hill when he was distracted by Guan Yu's presence. Guan Yu then requested the master to teach him about the dhamma. After receiving Buddhist teachings from the master, Guan Yu took refuge in the triple gems and also requested the Five Precepts. Henceforth, it is said that Guan Yu made a vow to become a guardian of temples and the dhamma. He is a guardian of the temple and the garden in which it stands.
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9:00AM -10:00AM Chanting
11:00AM-1:00PM Food Offering and Lunch
1:00PM-4:00PM Chanting, Meditation, and Blessing
4:00-6:00PM Private Session
The practice of making images and sculptures of the Buddha started about 500 years after the passing of the Buddha (Parinirvana). Buddha images have been the inspirational focus in which the devotees express their gratitude for the Buddha's Dhamma Teachings. The Buddha image/statue shows the qualities of Perfect Wisdom and Perfect Compassion of the Buddha. It serves to inspire us to develop these qualities as we recall the greatness of the Buddha and His Teachings.
Quan Yin is a Bodhisattva commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion or The One Who Perceives the Sounds of the World. As the legend goes, she heard the cries of the people on earth as she was about to enter the heaven's gate to attain enlightenment. She paused at the doorway and her heart was filled with compassion, she returned to earth, vowing never to leave till such time as all suffering has ended. She teaches us to practice deep compassion and unconditional love.
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Kalama River Meditation Center is a 20 acres Buddhist Hermitage founded on May 15th, 2014. The center is committed to supporting Buddhist monks (bhikkhus), nuns (bhikkhunis), lay men and lay women. Our focus is to offer “Insight Meditation”, teachings of wisdom, compassion, and loving kindness. These practices help us to develop awareness and compassion, giving rise to greater peace and happiness. Everyone is welcome!