Addressing Coronavirus and Our Temple

Created: Friday, 04 September 2020

Many people have asked about our future scheduling with regards to meditation gatherings at our beautiful temple. Since the temple was erected many years ago, being open to the local community and those abroad has been a priority. With the emergence of COVID-19, maintaining safety for our monks and members has meant we need to continuously update our practices in light of the best understanding of scientists, medical providers, and public health officials. 

During this difficult time, our compassion and wisdom is vitally important. And so we will continue to explore ways to support one another as we practice with the Buddha's teachings. 

English-Speaking Services: 

Our Saturday morning service (9 a.m. chanting & meditation, 10 a.m. Dharma class) is now meeting in person at the temple for anyone who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

OMICRON UPDATE: If you join us inside the temple, we are again requiring everyone to wear a mask. We encourage you to wear at least a 3-ply surgical mask (these are available at the temple for your convenience). For advice on effective mask use, updated for the Omicron variant, please visit: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20211229/cloth-masks-vs-surgical-n95-what-to-know 

Additionally, please do not practice inside the temple if you have recently tested positive for covid-19, have symptoms consistent with covid-19, or have been in recent contact with someone who tested positive for covid-19. This is to promote the safety and well-being of all of our members, especially members who are most at risk from covid-19. 

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is welcome to visit the temple grounds on Saturday mornings. The outdoor Kuan Yin and Ksitigharba shrines are especially lovely spots to enjoy sitting and walking meditation, when weather allows.

If you are a member on Facebook, connect with and talk with others in the comments by clicking here. We conduct Saturday morning services through our Facebook page at 9 a.m. (Service book: https://www.dinhquangtemple.com/downloads/guide.pdf ) and Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. (Service book: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nIh0qJ5q9xmJrMnXlHYbXSZyPN8dJJx5/ )

We also have Dharma class after each service using Google Meet (accessed via browser or app with a Google account, or by dialing in on a phone). Message or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the information on how to join.
 
Additionally, we are posting a daily practice check-in video each day at YouTube, where we enjoy the the sound of the bell, recite a Mindfulness Training, and read a selection from a Dharma book. These videos are also available directly on our web site in the video teaching page above.
 
Thank you for your skillful effort in cultivating kindness and wisdom during all the uncertainty, impermanence, and grief.
 
May all beings be free from suffering!