For the very first time in Kechara’s history, we will be celebrating the Guan Yin Festival throughout 2011. Who is Guan Yin? In Sanskrit, she is known as Avalokiteshvara; in Tibetan, she is known as Chenrezig. More commonly known however, Guan Yin is also known as the Goddess of Mercy.
The annual Guan Yin Festival Day, which falls on 23 March this year, is held in celebration of her birthday. This is followed by a celebration on 19 July for her vow to renounce nirvana, and before celebrations are held on 15 October to mark her assumption to Bodhisattvahood.
Yes, such is her compassion and mercy that Guan Yin renounced the greatest gift of enlightenment, to return to samsara and alleviate the sufferings of all sentient beings!
The first ever Guan Yin celebrations at Kechara House will be held on 23 March 2011. To kick things off, there will be many types of offerings available for practitioners to offer and dedicate to their family, friends and even deceased loved ones. Guan Yin Festival is a great opportunity for us to do something for our loved ones; as part of the legend of Guan Yin’s arising as a bodhisattva, it is said that she saved her own father from an incurable case of jaundice using medicine made from her own flesh.
Thus Guan Yin Day is a very auspicious time for us to pay our respects and make offerings, to gain merits and clear obstacles for ourselves and our loved ones.
Kechara House is making available offerings packages which include candles with flowers, wish-fulfilling incense, bathing of the Buddha, pearl offerings and dedication coupons. All of these are now available at Kechara House for both individuals and families to begin making their offerings ahead of time.
On the day itself, practitioners will have the chance to offer a limited edition gift of compassion. Lotuses, a symbol of compassion and therefore commonly associated with Guan Yin, will also be available to offer at this festival of mercy, in the form of 38 pieces of very exquisite crystal lotuses.
All of these offerings will be made on Kechara House’s fantastic altar and once done, people will have the chance to dine on some fine vegetarian cuisine…before joining the Guru Yoga puja at 8pm, followed by Chenrezig’s prayers.
This celebration of the birth, renunciation and enlightenment of the Bodhisattva Guan Yin has been performed for hundreds of years in many temples around the world, so Kechara is very honoured and happy to be able to partake in this auspicious event!
DATE Wednesday 23 March 2011
TIME 10am to 10pm
VENUE Kechara House
For more information about the event, or about pre-booking dedications, please contact Bryan Ho at +6016 735 5133 or Ethan Chu at +6012 254 4030.