In the 2021 Dharma Assembly at the Beginning of Spring, under the leading of the Teacher, Susan Duan, everyone chanted “The Heart Sutra”, “The Great Compassion Mantra” and the holy name of the Guanyin Bodhisattva in the Mandala where the Guanyin Bodhisattva is the main deity. Before chanting, the Teacher gave a brief guidance of the essence of “the Heart Sutra”, the so-called emptiness doesn't mean annihilation and nothing, but to let us know that everything is in the process of changing, so don’t feel miserable and worried when we don’t get or lose something temporarily; on the other hand, don’t take things for granted when we get it. With this recognition, the attendants began a solemn process of the Sutra chanting.
After the Sutra chanting was completed, the Teacher guided and encouraged us to think and share from the perspective of things and Dharma based on the difficult situation of water and power outages in the ice and snow in Texas.
Everyone saw the uncertainty of the world and should cherish the available resources. What can we grasp at the end of life? Everything which is tangible can't be taken away, only the karma follows. Always be grateful for everything we have, don't arrogantly think that what we have today are all made by ourselves.
Under the slight control of the epidemic, we are very grateful and cherish that we can gather together to have the Dharma Assembly and listen to the Teacher's teaching. We respectfully offered all the merits to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and dedicate the merits to the sentient beings around the world.
After the Dharma Assembly, the Association presented the attendants and donors of the previous year the Rice of Merit and Wisdom which has gone through the Sutra chanting and praying of two Dharma Assemblies.
After the Dharma Assembly at the Beginning of Spring, we had a precious Spring Festival reunion dinner together in the restaurant. During the period, everyone greeted and blessed one another. During the new year wishes sharing and fun riddle games, everyone felt the warmth of supporting one another like family in the home of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With this strength, everyone returned to their lives and started the life practice journey of the new year.
The Teacher gave everyone blessing at the beginning.
Everyone shared their new year wishes.
The attendants were playing the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Riddle game.