All Things Begin Anew and All Things Are New
Today’s Padmakumara Homa Ceremony is Rainbow Temple’s first fire offering of 2021. Last night’s heavy snowfall transformed Rainbow Temple into a silvery-white world. This pure white scenery brought a sense of peace and purification. We hope that in 2021, everyone’s mind will be immersed in snow-like purity and peace, and the disaster of the pandemic will be resolved.
H.H. Living Buddha Lian-sheng Personally Visits the Twin Lotus Realm Columbarium to Bestow Blessings
To better serve sentient beings at Rainbow Temple in the new year, monthly rituals will be held for deliverance of the deceased or for blessings on the living. Repentance ceremonies will also be conducted in connection with special holidays. Registration for these rituals and ceremonies is open to the general public.
Early this morning, Rainbow Temple arranged a solemn mandala with exquisite and rich offerings, praying for the Buddha’s light to shine on all registrants. Rainbow Temple also prepared numerous paper lotuses, mantra papers, joss papers, paper dharma boats, paper ingots, etc. along with other various offerings for this month’s first deliverance ritual for the registrants and deceased inurned at the columbarium.
When Grandmaster arrived at Rainbow Temple today, he immediately proceeded to the columbarium to consecrate and bless the rebirth and longevity altars and all the offerings. Grandmaster also blessed the registration forms of the deceased so that they will be liberated from suffering and attain rebirth in a higher realm.
The Remarkable Padmakumara Homa Ceremony
Grandmaster’s first homa ceremony of the new year, which was dedicated to Padmakumara, commenced at 3:00 PM upon the broadcast of the majestic Padmakumara Mantra. Under the mighty blessing of Grandmaster, the blazing homa fire burned away the karmic defilements of sentient beings and protected every registrant to have a good start to the new year and for everything to be bright and auspicious.
Following completion of his wonderful teaching, Grandmaster compassionately bestowed a blessing empowerment on all present. As usual, after finishing the homa-fire blessing and prior to exiting the homa hall, Grandmaster warmly greeted everyone and asked each person to drive carefully in the cold weather. In the harsh cold winter, Grandmaster’s words warmed the hearts of everyone.
H.H. Living Buddha Lian-sheng Blessed the Fourfold Assembly with the Vajra Staff Exercise
After returning to the main hall of Rainbow Temple, Grandmaster performed the vajra staff exercise at the end to bless everyone. His agile sweeps and maneuvering of the staff in dancing form brought shouts of joy and cries of admiration from all present. During dinner, Grandmaster talked about the origin and process of learning the vajra staff exercise. Grandmaster said that a student had given him a staff exercise DVD. After referencing the disc, he began learning the staff techniques on his own and developed an extraordinary vajra staff exercise that fully demonstrates his command of jing, qi, and shen. If these were ancient times, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Grandmaster’s extraordinary talent of staff exercise demonstrates that he is a true martial arts wizard!
We are grateful to Grandmaster for blessing all disciples with the merit of the homa in the new year of 2021, so that everyone can have a bright and happy start in the new year. Rainbow Temple sincerely hopes that Grandmaster and Shimu will be healthy, happy, serene, and blessed with good fortune and longevity. We also hope that all our fellow disciples will practice even more diligently in the new year and attain success in cultivation.