Since the most ancient of times, cultures around the earth have held ceremonies to mark the changing seasons and call forth blessings for their people. Lunar New Year ceremonies have been held in China for thousands of years to bring people happiness, prosperity, good luck, and harmonious living free from disasters. Our aspiration in holding these ceremonies is to invite and call forth happiness and freedom from suffering, for all of those listen online, those registering for blessings, and for all sentient beings.
Those listening online will hear Sanskrit Buddhist mantras whose history in China goes back around 2000 years. These mantras have roots in ancient India as early as 5000 years ago. The rishis (sages) of ancient India found that good health, prosperity, wisdom, virtue, compassion etc. have a vibration. We can use chanted sounds and visualizations to vibrate or embody those qualities and manifest them in our lives. This idea will not seem strange to those familiar with writings from today’s leading edge quantum physicists and personal development leaders. The rishis developed and intuited sound phrases (mantras) that are said to tune us to the vibration of good health, wisdom, compassion and so on.
During the ceremonies you will hear a number of specially selected mantras chanted repeatedly to help resonate their vibration more fully through our energetic field. There is nothing that you need to believe or do, just relax and let the mantras vibrate through you. To listen remotely go to our website: Dari-Rulai-Temple.org and click on “Live” at 6pm PST February 10th.
Two ceremonies will be conducted. The first is a 1000 lamp ceremony to bring forth blessings during the coming year for everyone and all sentient beings. As we chant you may make wishes for yourself, your loved ones, our earth, all people, all sentient beings.
This year’s second ceremony is for people born in the Year of the Ox, Dragon, Ram, and Dog. Ancient Asian spiritual masters saw that people are affected by the movements of the moon, planets, and other heavenly bodies. Western Astrology assigns us one of twelve signs according to the time of year we are born. Chinese astrology posits that there is a repeating twelve year astrological cycle and assigns an animal name for the characteristics associated with people born in each of these twelve years. It is said that people born under four of the twelve animal signs will face more astrologically challenging energies in any given year. We hold an An Tai Sui (Make Peace with the Lord of the Year) ceremony for people of those four signs, to help pacify conflicting energies, reduce obstacles these people might have faced, and help these people have a year filled with more good fortune.
May all have a blessed Year of the Metal Ox!
Sifu Douglas Sutton, Vice Abbot Dari Rulai Temple, Long Beach, California
The Year Of The Metal Ox 2021 Program (Online Only)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 (6-10 PM PST)
6:00 PM Thousand-Light Dharma Rite:
General Blessing for Health, Wealth, and Good Luck for All Sentient Beings
7:30 PM Intermission
8:00 PM An Tai Sui Dharma Rite
For those requesting help to overcome obstacles in the coming year
8:45 PM Buddha Relic Blessing
Invite and “tune in to” this blessing
Thousand Light Dharma Rite: This prayer ceremony is held for the benefit of All Sentient Beings. As the chanting ceremony takes place, you may wish for blessings for yourself and loved ones. There is no offering required to take part in this ceremony. Everyone is Welcome!
IF YOUR BIRTH YEAR IS LISTED BELOW, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO REGISTER FOR THE AN-TAI-SUI CEREMONY. REGISTER FOR YOURSELF and LOVED ONES. You need not be present or listening online to receive the blessings.
The coming year, the Year of the Metal Ox, may bring unfavorable circumstances to those born in the following years:
Ox: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Ram: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Make donations on behalf of yourself and each of your loved ones with a $32, $72, $108, $300, $600, $900 or greater offering to be included on the beneficiary list for this protective and life-enhancing Dharma Rite.
If the birth date is in January or February of any year, confirm the actual Chinese Zodiac Sign using an online tool.
Registration is available for individuals and businesses
Our Ceremonies conclude with a Buddha Relic Blessing and New Year’s meditation.
Please register online, by email, by Phone +1 (562) 544-2101
or MAIL: 441 E First St. Long Beach, CA 90802 Dari-Rulai-Temple.org