It has been a tradition for our family to visit the temple on New Year’s Day. My sisters came down from NYC to tum boun (merit making) for our mom, it has been 5 years since her passing. The normal service time is at 9:30am and we got there before the service, a few joined in to make merit for their deceased loved ones.
The monks performed the ceremony of bungsakoun for our mom and another couple’s relative, which is a merit transferring to deceased loved ones.
According to 2012 Chinese Horoscope prediction, the year 2012 is Water Dragon Year. Dragon mainly contains Earth. Earth and Water are opposite elements. It sounds that some bad news will continue to arrive. Some people have predicted the Doomsday on December 21, 2012 after interpreting the ending of the Great Cycle of the Mayan Calendar. Mayans say that this whole cycle of civilization 5,125 years comes to an end on the Winter Solstice, 2012. In China, there is no prediction about the end of the world in 2012. Conversely, hundreds of years ago, a prophet said China will become prosperous and peaceful in 2012.
We had a good turnout this year, and it is a good sign that this will be a good year.
This is an interesting Alms’ bowl. She is very thoughtful in her offering and also includes an envelope of money as many Buddhist worshipers offer money to monks and temple on special occasion. The money offering to the individual monk is called Pud Jai, it goes to the monk and not the temple.
Food offering to the monks.