Monday, September 8, 2008

Meditation for a healthier you – Wed 9/10 at Wellness Ctr

Title: Meditation for a healthier you

Location: Wellness center (inside Recreation center)

Time: Wednesday, September 10, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Speaker: Venerable Jian Dan (ABS’ first dharma teacher for fall 07, an experienced meditation teacher for over 10 years)

Cost: free

Description: We all strive for a healthier body. However, going to the gym only fulfills half of the equation. Research has indicated that regular meditation helps regulate blood pressure, stabilize emotion, improve concentration and reduce stress, all of which contribute to a healthier life style. Come to this interactive workshop and learn the proper and safe way of meditation.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fall 2008 Meditation Class

Classes will begin on

September 17th, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Movie Night (5/13)

Enlightenment Guaranteed

May 13th, 2008
5 - 7 PM
PGH Room 218

a German film about two brothers, Uwe and Gustav, who travel to Japan to sort out the mess of their lives. Their plan is to visit the Sojiji Monastery in Monzen, near Tokyo. On their way there, in a rather literal Buddhist moment, they lose all of their belongings. When they at last make it to the monastery, they find that even there, enlightenment can be elusive.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Bathing Buddha Ceremony @ Jade Buddha Temple

What do you do after the finals are over? How about come to Jade Buddha Temple and be part of the Bathing Buddha Ceremony this coming Sunday (May 11th)?

Every year, Buddhist communities around the world cerebrate Buddha’s birthday by holding a Bathing Buddha Ceremony. Showering the Buddha with clean water symbolizes the purification of our own greed, anger, and ignorance that are often manifested through body, speech and mind. When our own mind is purified, we will inevitably influence the people and environment around us. Eventually, we will have a purified, peaceful world – the true meaning of the Bathing Buddha Ceremony.

Please bring your family and friends to this highly celebrated annual event at Jade Buddha Temple. Each one will have the chance to shower the Buddha. There will be some chanting and a speech by the Abbot. Entire program will be translated into English live. Get your headsets on your way in to the grand hall. Free vegetarian lunch will be offered.

Date: May 11 (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (expect a large crowd; street parking only)

Location: Jade Buddha Temple 6969 Westbranch Drive, Houston , TX 77072, 281-498-1616

See you there!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Summer Session

Meditation classes for the Summer will be starting on

J U N E 4 t h - A U G U S T 10 t h

4 - 6 PM @ the AD Bruce Religion Center
located at the Small Chapel
(Second floor, to the left, double doors)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April Activity: Buddha relics on display

This Saturday, you will have a rare opportunity to witness some genuine Buddha relics right here in Houston. Texas Buddhist Association will have a Buddha relics resting ceremony on Sunday at American Bodhi Center. But on Saturday, there will be a public relics display at Jade Buddha Temple. You all are invited to attend this precious event.

When the Buddha lived in India in approximately 2,500 years ago, the people of that time had the opportunity to actually see and hear him, to be blessed by him in his human form. When Buddha left the earth by passing into nirvana (the enlightened state) during the body's death, he compassionately left relics so that today we still have the opportunity to receive the blessings
of the Buddha, directly.

These genuine relics are offered by Venerable Hung I, the Abbot of Jade Buddha Temple, to permanently rest at American Boddhi Center. In 1971 Venerable Hung I was visiting a temple in Taiwan when he met a traveling monk from India. Impressed by Venerable Hung I's big vow to spread Buddhism in the west, the traveling monk gave Venerable Hung I some of his shares of
genuine Buddha relics as a gift. Years later, Venerable Hung I brought these relics, together with his big vow, and arrived in Houston. Thirty years later, we are celebrating the permanent resting of these precious relics in Houston. This event symbolizes the spreading of Buddhism to the west, to Houston, and also the resting of enduring Buddhism teaching in American.

Relics are said to carry positive energy. Interestingly, they are themselves living entities; they can grow bigger, split into more, or shrink in size or even disappear. Viewing holy relics inspires us to develop our own hearts and minds, to develop loving-kindness and compassion and to understand spiritual teachings. Don't miss this rare event!

Date: Saturday, April 5th


10:30 – 11:00 welcoming the relics

11:00 – 11:20 offering to the Buddha

11:20 – 11:40 group picture with the relics

11:40 - public display of relics

Location: 6969 Westbranch Dr. Houston, TX 77072

Vegetarian lunch will be provided. Event is free but donations are welcome.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

March Activity: Birthday Ceremony of Bodhissattva Avalokitesvara

You all are invited to attend this special ceremony, celebrating the birthday of Bodhissattva Avalokitesvara (Kwan Yin), at Jade Buddha Temple this Sunday. Please anticipate a large crowd so arrive early. Free vegetarian lunch will be provided. Hope to see you all there.

Jade Budda Temple
6969 Westbranch Drive
Houston, TX 77072

March 23, 2008 - 10:00am - 12:00 noon

The birthday ceremony of Bodhissattva Avalokitesvara

The Texas Buddhist Association will hold a ceremony to celebrate the birthday of Bodhissattva Avalokitesvara (Kwan Yin) at the Jade Buddha Temple on March 23th (Sunday). The celebration of Bodhissattva Avalokitesvara's birthday offers an opportunity for all sentient beings to obtain the meirt of practicing loving kindness and compassion.

Venerable Jian Hai will deliver a speech on "Kwan-Yin -- embodiment of compassion and wisdom." He will also lead our general prayer for the health and well-being of all humanity, for the freedom from suffering, and for the cultivation of blessings and wisdom.

You and your family are cordially invited to attend the ceremony and receive the benefits of Dharma. English live translation will be provided for non-Chinese speaking audience.Program will include recitation of "chapter of universal gateway" and the sacred name of Kwan Yin.

Vegetarian lunch will be offered.