The Main Shrine is the heart of the Guang Ming Temple. All our Dharma services take place here and we have weekly services on Sunday mornings, which you are welcome to attend. At other times, the shrine is open for everyone who wishes to pay respect to the Buddha. The Main Shrine can be used as a space for meditation.
When entering the main shrine, please observe the following rules of respect:
- Sincerely pay respect to the Buddha with prostration or incense.
- Do not wear shorts, short skirts, or revealing outfits.
- Do not bring food, beverages, or pets into the main shrine.
- Please turn off cell phones and speak softly.
- Please do not photograph or film.
The Memorial Hall is situated behind the Main Shrine. According to Grand Master Hsing Yun,
Humanistic Buddhism encourage looking after
people throughout their lives. The Memorial Hall is aimed to provide a blissful place for the deceased and a bring peace to their families and friends. This also propagates filial piety and gratitude with blessing by Buddha and Bodhisattva. The memorial hall is managed by the Sangha. There will be continuous chanting throughout the day. Incense, flowers, lamps and fruits will be offered daily, and prayer services be performed annually to transfer merits in memories of the deceased to reborn in the Pure Land.
The Memorial Hall enshrines plaques of the deceased, a Chinese tradition in memorializing our ancestors. In the center of the Memorial Hall is Amitabha Buddha with Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva on the left and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva on the right.
- Amitabha Buddha is the Buddha of Infinite Light and Life. Anyone who recites his name with complete devotion and vows to be reborn in Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land will be received there.
- Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva embodies great compassion and perceives all suffering in the world.
- Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva pledges to alleviate the sufferings of the beings in hell, leading them to happiness.
The Meditation Hall is located on the 3rd floor. Meditation is the learning of emotional and mental control in achieving a mind that is completely healthy, and peaceful. Meditation should not be viewed as an isolated practice that can stand on its own. To be effective, meditation must be practiced along with morality and wisdom. Through wisdom we shall be able to complement the effects of the practices on morality and wisdom which go hand in hand with each other.
The Dining Hall is where all the monastic and devotees have meals during the meal time. It can occupy around 200 people. It serves a vegetarian buffet-style meal following the Sunday Service and hosts dharma activities.
There are five contemplation during the meal time:
Five Contemplations at Meal Time
- To assess one’s own merit and contemplate the source of this food
- To think about our own morality and conduct in receiving the offering, whether sufficient or not
- To guard one’s mind against faults, greed in particular
- To regard this food as the medicine to cure our weakening body
- To accept this food in order to make accomplishments with our spiritual cultivation
Water Drop Tea House
The Chinese name of the house is “Work place of drop water”. The name of Ch’an Abode-a drop of water tell us that we should appreciate what we have around us, cherish them and be grateful for them. Tea drinking has an important place in the traditions of Ch’an Buddhism, great monks have attained enlightenment through drinking tea. When people come for a cup of tea they can also attain the wisdom of Buddha’s teaching.
The Tea House provides devotees and visitors a comforting table and calming atmosphere to take it easy with friends or enjoy some quiet time by oneself.
The library has a wide selection of English, Spanish and Chinese books, magazines and audio/visual materials. If you would like to borrow books or audio/visual materials from the library, you may apply for a library card at the front desk. One of our volunteer will be more than happy to assist you. A maximum of four books, three medias may be checked out at a time. Borrowed items are due back in two weeks, and can be renewed once if not requested by someone else.