To make offerings to the Buddha is an expression of our reverence. Many believe the noble act to the Perfectly Enlightened One – Buddha will inspire us to have joyous mind and to bring wholesome conditions into our lives. Traditionally, the sorts of things we can offer are water-represent purification; flowers-represent beauty and adornments, candles-represent light, fruits-represent fruition of undertaken wholesome deed or practice, and incense-for calmness and peace.
When you visit the Chuang Yen monastery or Temple of Enlightenment, you are welcome to make those offerings. You can put water, fruits or flowers on the tables in front of the shrine. Vases and plates will be available at each Hall. In the modern day, however, for safety reason and indoor air quality, most temples are not allowed to burn incense or candle inside the Buddha Hall. Instead, the longevity lights become a new alternative.
Both Chuang Yen Monastery and Temple of Enlightenment offer the annual longevity lights. It runs year long with a year donation of $120, or $60 for half a year. One can put up to 3 names or one family name on the light to make the offering.
For further information, please download the form, enclosed a check payable to “BAUS”, and mail the form and the check to Chuang Yen Monastery
2020 Route 301
Carmel, NY 10512
If you wish to offer a light in Temple of Enlightenment, please send them to
3070 Albany Crescent
Bronx, NY 10463
In the Sutra of Giving, it says, “Those who offer lamps, will possess the pure heavenly eyes and clear wisdom in the future.”
Avatamsaka sutra: “Offering Lamps can dispel all darknesses.”
Treasury of Bodhisattvas Sutra: “Offering 10,000 bright lamps to confess and extinguish hosts of negative karma and defilements.”