News – 2013 May Sunday, May 19, 2013Commemoration of Buddha’s Birth Saturday,May 4, 2013Mission Bay Dragon Boat Eye Dotting Ceremony April Saturday, April 27, 2013Linda Vista Multi-Culture Parade Sunday, April 21, 2013Balboa Park Earth Day Thursday, April 4, 2013Bishop Middle School Visit Linda Vista Multi-Culture Parade April 27, 2013 April 27, Saturday Linda Vista Multi-Culture Parade Hsi Fang Temple and BLIA participate in the Linda Vista Multi-Culture Parade Prince Siddhartha framed with lotus flower leads the BLIA Prince Siddhartha painting framed with lotus flower leads the BLIA team to show the commemoration of the Buddha's Birth is coming in May. The BLIA youths present the Chinese martial arts and culture dance The BLIA youths show the traditional Chinese culture in martial arts, Qing dynasty costume, and folk dance. Balboa Park Earth Day April 21, 2013 April 21, Sunday - BLIA booths in Balboa Park Earth day BLIA and Hsi Fang Temple participate in Balboa Park Earth Day to promote environmental and spiritual preservation. Bathing the Buddha Bathing the Buddha was set up in the BLIA booth to welcome visitors to bathe the Buddha, the symbolization of cleansing our Body, Speech, and Mind. Visitors bathing the Buddha A heartfelt wish brings joy, happiness, and equanimity. Ven. Yi-shan, Hsi Fang Temple Abbess, at the BLIA booth Ven. Yi-shan, Hsi Fang Temple Abbess, shows the visitors how to bath the Buddha. Ven. Yi-shan, Frank Lee, BLIA adviser, and BLIA members at the booth Many BLIA members volunteered to work at the BLIA booth on Earth Day. Bishop Middle School Visit, April 4, 2013 April 4, Thursday - Bishop Middle School Visits Hsi Fang Temple Arranged by Pastor Brian Fidler, there were about one hundred grade-8 students with six teachers visited Hsi Fang Temple on April 4, 2013 to learn about Buddhism. Carl Ewig gives a brief introduction about Hsi Fang Temple Carl gives a brief introduction about Ven. Master Hsing Yun, the humanistic Buddhism, and Fo Guang Shan. Students in the dining hall Students are eating their bagels, milk, and snacks prepared by the temple in the dining hall. Mission Bay Dragon Boat Eye Dotting Ceremony, May 4, 2013 Dragon Boat Eye Dotting Ceremony Hsi Fang Temple Abbes Ven. Yishan and BLIA members reciting the Great Compassionate Mantra during the ritual. Awakening of the Dragon Ven. Yishan dots the eye of the dragon boat for "awakening the dragon' Lion Dance at the Eye Dotting Ceremony Ven. Yishan and the Lion Dance performers group picture Congressman Scott Peters Dots the Dragon's Eye Congressman Scott Peters participates the eye dotting ceremony for the dragon boat festival in Mission Bay San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts dabs the dragon's eye with red paint.