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Feb. 5th: New Year Community Festival! February 3, 2012

Filed under: Calendar of Events,Events — memeandbojo @ 5:08 am

Happy New Year!

Date : Sunday 05 Feb, 2012
Time : 10:00 am Wisdom Light Offering Dharma Service
12:00~14:00 pm New Year Community Festival
Where : Fo Guang Shan Guam Temple
Tel : Fo Guang Shan Temple : 637-8678/79
Rich Huang:483-6689、 Yen Ou : 482-7017、Su Ching Hauan:898-9137

The festival is a time for families to join together to share their humanity.
It is a time to reflect on what it means to do good deeds, speak good words and think good thoughts every living day. There will be a festival after the regular service on Sunday. Children can have fun with art by coloring pictures, life drawing and lantern painting. Also, everyone can enjoy a vegetarian lunch and reduce the industrial production of animal meat products and benefit the environment as well as human health.

We hope you can attend!


January: Calendar of Events January 11, 2012

Filed under: Calendar of Events,Events — memeandbojo @ 10:44 am
  • Care of the Elderly: Dates:01/09、01/16、01/23、01/30; Monday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 14:00- 18:00
  • Humanistic Reading Group Study, Dates:01/03、01/10、01/17、01/24, 01/31; Tuesdays; 19:00~21:00
  • Chinese Dharma Study Group, Dates:01/04、01/11、01/18、01/25; Wednesdays; Location: Classic Diner; Time: 19:00 -21:00
  • English Dharma Study Group; Dates:01/05、01/12、01/19、01/26; Thursdays; Location: Classic Diner; Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Troop 88 Boy Scout Training: Date:01/07、01/21; Saturday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 15:00-17:00
  • 黃施春菊對年佛事: Date:01/13; Friday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 9:30
  • Great Compassion Repentance Service: Date: 1/15; Sunday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 9:30
  • Lunar Year and Appreciation diner party: Date: 01/20; Friday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 18:30
  • Temple Cleaning Day: Date: 1/21; Saturday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 10:00
  • Thousand Buddha Dharma Service: Date:1/22; Sunday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 10:00
  • Dance lion delight: Date: 1/22; Sunday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 12:30
  • Pilgrimage Chinese New Year’s Eve Chanting Service: Date: 1/22; Sunday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 20:30
  • Incense offering on 2012 Lunar New Year Day: Date: 1/23; Monday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 6:00am
  • Thousand Buddha Dharma Service: Date: 1/23; Monday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 10:00am
  • Gratitude Dharma Service: Date: 1/29; Sunday; Location: Fo Guang Shan Temple: 10:00am

Venerable Master Hsing Yun :
In the midst of this life
don’t puzzle over the life before.
In the midst of this life
don’t worry about the life to come.


A Few Good Vegetarian Restaurants on Guam January 10, 2012

Tumon: (located in Tumon on the road next to the beaches with all the hotels) Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant is one of the best spots on Guam for vegetarian and vegan burritos. You are given a choice between either a vegetarian (which includes sour cream) and a vegan (which includes a special sauce made of no milk products). They also use a herb that is not cilantro, tastes exactly like cilantro but high in all essential vitamins. The vegan burrito has to be the best burrito found on Guam so if you are a vegetarian, look for this on their menu. Moderately priced and worth every penny!

Dededo: Healthy Hearts completely vegetarian and vegan menu. Only opened for lunch but conveniently now has a small counter with wrapped sandwiches, salads, snacks and deserts for all day appetites. Their pies and cookies are completely vegetarian and more often vegan. Just ask Cheri, the owner, if you are vegan.

Dededo: Lee’s Garden predominately a regular Chinese restaurant, but most everything on the menu can have tofu substituted. You will have to tell the waitress that you would like your dish made with tofu instead. I always tell them to leave out the MSG. If you do not like garlic mixed in the dishes, let the waitress know that as well. They also have another restaurant called Lee’s Garden II located in Agat across the street from a hotel. I think this is better than the one in Dededo. The chef at this restaurant cooks the best American Chinese dishes with tofu. You will have to tell the waitress at this restaurant also that you would like tofu instead of meat in your dishes.

Dededo: Fortune Cookie has a dedicated vegan, vegetarian menu. (Please tell the waitress if you do not want fish sauce in the dish since some people have said they have forgotten and added it. Better safe than sorry if you are a vegan.) This is a Thai/Chinese restaurant. It is owned by a vegetarian. The tofu is purchased from the lady who makes homemade tofu at the Dededo flea market opened on Saturdays and Sundays, and is the best tofu on island. (The Dededo flea market is located across the street from the Fortune Cookie.) The prices are a little high but worth it since the tofu is so good. All their curry dishes are priced from $12-15 per dish. The non curry dishes are priced around $10 per dish.

Tamuning: Marianas Trench Thai restaurant with almost everything on the menu available with tofu. (Please let the waitress know if you do not want fish sauce included in the sauces.) Opened for lunch and dinner. Owned by a Thai Buddhist.

Hagatna: E-cafe A Chinese restaurant which has a vegetarian menu available. It is located in the corner of a strip of restaurants across the street from the Chamorro village. I have not been, but friends have told me that they have a vegetarian menu that is very good and that the owner is a Buddhist.

Hagatna: SDA, Simply Food Strictly vegetarian and often referred to as just SDA on island. It stands for Seventh-Day Adventist. The restaurant is located inside their store, a small distance from the Naval Hospital. They only have a lunch menu and change it each day. They create all vegan smoothies, along with herbal teas and also serve a shot of wheat grass if you’re interested. You can also stock up on snacks like chips, candies, cereals, soy milk, and tofu products to eat at home later.

You can also check the Guam Vegan blog for a few more restaurants that I have not tried:


Dec. 11: Amitabha’s Birthday and Heart Sutra Copying December 6, 2011

Filed under: Events — memeandbojo @ 9:37 pm

Amitofo everyone!
From 10:00-16:30, 12/11, Sunday is the Amitabha’s Birthday Celebration, Sutra Chanting Service and transcribing the “One Million Heart Sutras.” We welcome everyone to attend and complete their Heart Sutra for inclusion in the belly of the Buddha in Taiwan.

If you have never experienced calligraphy, this is the morning to attend. All supplies are furnished and a contribution/donation of $35 through whatever amount you can give is suggested. Please remember that you do not need to be an artist to complete the Heart Sutra calligraphy, all you need to do is connect your heart to the brush/pen. People who have never held a brush/pen come away with a complete appreciation and love for Chinese calligraphy after attempting and completing just this one sutra. It is within the imperfection that the perfection is always found and that cannot be without the heart.

Come enjoy a morning of meditation through calligraphy and sutra chanting, relax and celebrate Amitabha’s birthday with everyone.


Nov 15th: Invitation to Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer for World Peace November 15, 2011

Filed under: Calendar of Events,Events — memeandbojo @ 1:17 am

Dear All:

You are cordially invited to join Guam Interfaith Committee’s 11th Annual Thanksgiving Prayer for World Peace on Tuesday, November 15th 2011 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Santa Teresita Catholic Church, Mangilao (Across Mangilao Mayor office). Refreshments will be served.

The theme is World Peace. Service will be start at 7 p.m., and a potluck dinner will be at 8 p.m. Please identify any items containing meat, garlic or onions. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Non-perishable food donations will be given to The Salvation Army and Catholic Social Service, benefiting those in need this holiday season. Everyone is invited.


November 13th: 17th Annual Member’s Conference of BLIA November 12, 2011

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Dear Members and Prospective Members:
You are cordially invited to attend the 17th Annual Member’s Conference of BLIA (Buddhist Light Organization), Guam Chapter at 10am, Sunday, November 13, 2011, at Fo Guang Shan Temple Guam, on Boman Street, Bello Road, Barrigada, Guam. We are looking forward to your presence. This year, we will have a guest speaker from Taiwan, raffle prizes, reports about our future and past year’s activities and much more.


  1. We encourage new members; please invite your friends to join us. Registration forms are available at the reception desk and the annual membership fee is only $30. Please submit two 2″x2″ personal photos to the reception desk in order to prepare the membership card.
  2. Current members, please submit year 2012 annual membership fee of $30 at the reception desk. Make check payable to “BLIA GUAM, INC.”
  3. New members, please submit an additional $20 for processing fee.
  4. Any motion and/or proposals for implementing in our Guam BLIA By-laws are welcome. Please submit it to BLIA Guam Chapter in writing on or before November 6, 2011.
  5. Please wear your BLIA vest and membership card.

Quote: Venerable Master Hsing Yun October 31, 2011

Filed under: Quotes — memeandbojo @ 3:51 am

Rivers flow to lakes and seas.

The moon shines everywhere.

Rain nurtures a forest.

Thunder awakens many deluded beings.

One word can stir the hesitant.

One sentence can scatter all doubt.

The mind can encompass the universe.

One compassionate thought can cure the world.