Amitabha, The Buddha of Limitless Light and Life


Gold Mountain Monastery held its annual winter sessions beginning December 17th and ending January 7th. Two weeks of intensive ch'an began each morning at 2:45 AM and continued until 12 PM. Alternate walking and sitting meditation, instructional talks by members of the sangha, instructional talks by the Venerable Master Hsuan-hua, and evening lectures on the Avatamsaka Sutra were all part of the daily schedule.

In the midst of a week of recitation of the name of Amitabha Buddha, the birthday of that venerable one from the Western Land was celebrated. On that special day, January 6th, the great assembly bowed to the Buddhas, chanted the Buddha's name, made offerings and heard the Dharma.



Director of Publications: The Venerable Master Hua
Director of Translations: The Buddhist Text Translation Society
Director of Administration: Bhikshu Heng Yo
President: I Kuo-jung
Editorial Board: The Vajra Bodhi Sea Publication Society Editorial Committee

Please note the following corrections to the covers of the Vajra Bodhi Sea: 
      Volumes #66 through 70 should read Vol. VI Series 14.
            Volumes #71 and 72 should read Vol. VI Series 15.
            Volumes #73 should read Vol. VII Series 15.

Truly recognize your own faults,
And don't discuss the faults of others.
Others' faults are just your own--
Being one with everyone is called great compassion.

-composed by Ch'an Master Hua