2017 Invitation Letter
Dear Friends,Compassionate Service Society will hold World Peace Gathering in Orange County on September 7, 8 and 9, 2018. This year, we will celebrate 10 years Anniversary of World Peace Gathering. Looking over the past decade, 10 years is not the destination but an important milestone demonstrating the faith and countless support of thousands of attendees each year. World Peace Gathering had a humble beginning and faced numerous challenges of wet winter rain and extremely hot summer when it was held inside a tent of Phoenix Club in Anaheim for consecutive years. Eventually, it was moved to Long Beach Convention in order to serve a growing number of attendees in subsequent years. This is a turning point depicting the maturity of our event management and providing an international venue capable of serving over one thousand people. This year, World Peace Gathering will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, an elegant world class conference center that can accommodate several thousand attendees and is located near many Southern California communities. The growth of World Peace Gathering shows the power of collective prayers. We all want peace and healing, first within our hearts, then within our family, then to our community, and the world. Our World Peace Gathering is just for these purposes.
Compassionate Service Society and Venerable Master Heng Chang cordially invite you to join:
10 Years Anniversary
2018 World Peace Gathering
Friday September 7, Saturday September 8 and Sunday September 9, 2018
At the Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802
Highlights of the 2018 World Peace Gathering include many educational and spiritual activities such as: Prayers, dharma talks, meditation, Exercise for World Peace, Three-Steps- One Bow for world peace, Tea Meditation for world peace, Photography Exhibition of 10 years World Peace Gathering and Peace Mandala Ceremony.
Peace Mandala Ceremony, the main attraction of World Peace Gathering, will be held on Sunday September 9, 2018. Mandala is a dharma assembly where the aggregation of spiritual power of myriads of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and thousands of attendees takes place. The function of the Mandala is to bring peace and healing to the sick and the suffering and liberation to those who have passed away. It also has the unique power to transform karmic obstructions of all those who attend.
In addition, Compassionate Service Society also offers the 12-day Altruistic Home-Leaving program (from 8/30/2018 to 9/10/2018) that provides the unique opportunity for participants to experience the transcending path toward Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, and to inspire practitioners to integrate the essence of Buddhism into their daily life. This short-term cultivation is called Altruistic Home-Leaving, or the practice of leaving home for 12-days, and we request that the participants make a vow to cultivate on behalf of one (or many) loved ones. This dedicated practice will transform our own karmic hindrances, and we only develop true loving-kindness and manifest altruistic behaviors when we cultivate "on behalf of others".
For more details about registration to attend the Dharma Assembly, participate in the retreats, volunteer, or donate, please visit our website: http://wpg.compassheart.com. The Organizing and Service Committee sincerely requests all who wish to attend to register soon to help facilitate their meal and transportation planning for these three days. Meal tickets for lunch and dinner will be distributed when you come to the Dharma Assembly. Please register at:
In person at CompaSS Center: 420 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, CA 92804
May you and your family be well in body and mind, and your wishes be fulfilled.
Namo Amitabha Buddha,
Venerable Master Heng Chang and Compassionate Service Society