In this blog post, I shared some of my understanding of the bodhisattva path. Although this may be a huge topic for some of us, we can understand them easily through the actions and habits we are doing each day. As long as we think of giving others hope, confidence, convenience, and joy all the time, we are walking the same path. The bodhisattva path is not something far out of reach like the stories we hear in Buddhism, but it is in fact in every action that we do. If it is to relieve people of their suffering, and promoting a harmonious community, we are walking this path. It does not matter how far we have traveled. The only question is, have you taken the first step?
Though of the month: Personal growth is in your mundane chores. Growth, or another word I wish to substitute cultivation, is in our mundane chores. If we seek growth outside, in others, we will not find it. Only within our daily life, and in our chores, can we find room to grow. Attending courses will only give you knowledge of the method. without personally attending to the method and the chores, we will only wish for imaginary outcomes.
Building connections with people is one of the most important things we can do. All our relationships are based on connections with them, be it family, friends, or co-workers. Breaking this bond between may result in a difficult path for us in future.
In this post, I share my reflection on lesson learned after an unfortunate event that happened to me. Situations like this are meant to keep us in check on our practice, rather than to mock us. If we pass, we move forward. If we fail, we start over, pick ourselves up, and move forward again.
Thought of the month: Sometimes we fall, hard. But more importantly, get back up, with or without help, and keep moving forward.

We provide a fun atmosphere for young adults to contribute to the community and learn about Buddhism.

Mission: We engage with local communities through social services such as volunteering at Food Banks, Homeless Shelter, Nursing Homes, Habitat for Humanity, San Bao Temple events, etc., and organize buddhist classes, retreats, meditation classes, etc. We also have fun activities like karaoke, hiking, skiing, etc.

Operating as usual

Tiny Buddha



2021 New Year Letter from FGS Head Abbot, Venerable Hsin Bao

fgs.org.tw 「佛光山2021年春節平安燈法會」於2月12日至3月12日(農曆正月初一至廿九)展開。為期一個月的燈會,將以星雲大師題寫的新春賀辭「花開四季.耕耘心田」為主軸來祝福大家。在新的一年之始,邀您闔家回山祈福,把平安如.....


Newsletter — January 2021 SFYAD Holiday Party- A New Way to Celebrate "To enjoy success, do your duty. To enjoy leisure, surrender attachment." ― Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Happy New Year everyone! Please check out our January newsletter for any online events coming up, such as our annual holiday party on January 2nd at 12pm PST over Zoom. We have lots of exciting plans for 2021, and we hope everyone has a safe and auspicious new year!


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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Photos of the Week
The 2020 “When Buddha Meets the Gods ” event took place in the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum on December 25th. In line with the government’s “new epidemic prevention lifestyle” measure, the Buddha Museum took serious precaution against covid-19 for safety reasons. Even the statues of deities were put on with masks. In total of 688 temples brought with them 1,854 statues of deities to participate in this year. A kindergarten teacher from UK, Jessica, was surprised that there are so many deities in Taiwanese culture, and was very happy to participate in it. During the prayer ceremony, participants joined their palms as they dedicate merits to all the sentient being for a safe and peaceful world. The event also featured traditional Din Tao performances, hand puppet show, art exhibitions and bazaar. The “When Buddha Meets the Gods” event not only shows the concept of religious harmony and also purifies people’s mind.
#MuseumPhotography #ReligiousHarmony


【佛光青年YAD Talks】TALK.36 | 工作中的佛法妙用 分享人:周思蕾

Have you encountered difficult people at work and didn’t know what to do? Have you wondered how your favorite apps and software are designed?

In this video, Selene Chew shared her perspective on what is UX design, what goes through her mind when she's designing, how she overcome collaboration challenges and make good designs using Buddhist concepts such as compassion and impermanence.

youtube.com 分享人:周思蕾 (用戶體驗設計師)※國際佛光會世界佛光青年總團白象幹部※舊金山佛光青年分團團長#用戶體驗設計師酷#一步一腳印都是為用戶著想#解決用戶問題的因緣法#工作中的佛法錦囊邀請大家來觀看【佛光青年YAD-TALK】...

BLIA Radiance Subchapters 國際佛光會傳燈分會

The fourth talk of our "Faith & Career" Public Talk Series -
YAD Chapter: Expanding Our Horizon!
As BLIA-YAD approached it's 25th Anniversary, we are inviting current YAD members who are just starting their career path to share their experiences. Hear from these current White Elephant Executives and workplace newbies share how faith is helping them adjust to a new chapter of their life.

傳燈分會「信仰與職業」系列講座第四場 -


Buddhism 101 - Online Classes

Hi all! NA YAD has created an online Buddhism course that covers the fundamentals of Buddhism. This is an independent course that you can complete at your own time, or you can also join SFYAD's bi-weekly watch party to view the course content together.

For those interested in becoming a White Elephant, this is a mandatory course to complete before March 31.

More info and registration: https://www.sfyad.org/post/buddhism-101-online-classes

sfyad.org Interested in learning more about Buddhism? North America YAD is hosting an online Buddhism course that covers the fundamentals of Buddhism. Open to all YAD members and friends who are 14-35 years old. Course outline: Introduction Life of the Buddha Four Noble Truths Noble Eightfold Path Dependent O...

BLIA - YAD 國際佛光會世界青年總團


On Nov 28th, BLIA Radiance Subchapter organized the second “Faith and Career” Public Talk Series with the theme: Brave New World, over 200 participants joined the event online. BLIA Young Adult Division World Headquarter Chief Executive, Venerable Hui Chuan was honorably invited as panelists with other senior YAD members, where they discussed how YADs continued the propagation of the faith and strength of Humanistic Buddhism. In this Fo Guang family forum, participants from all over the world get to hear the panelists shared how Fo Guang members from various countries faced the pandemic and the E-generation with different mindsets and coping strategies.


BLIA Radiance Subchapters 國際佛光會傳燈分會

The third of BLIA Radiance Subchapters Public Talk Series - Finding Your Success. Hear from past YAD Executives share on their journey in finding and achieving their passion. How they applied their learnings from YAD to help them breakthrough challenging interpersonal relationship at the workplace and define what success means to them.
傳燈分會「信仰與職業」系列講座第三場 - 職涯秘笈大公開


Newsletter — December A Buddhist Recipe to Break the Ice in Networking "Take control of your time, make good use of your space, and harmonize the self and others." ― Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Check out our December Newsletter!
- A Buddhist Recipe to Break the Ice in Networking
- Buddhist Examination
- BLIA SFChapter Annual General Meeting
- SFYAD Holiday Party


shoutout.wix.com Career High Tea Workshop Series: A Buddhist Recipe to Break the Ice in Networking One of the fastest ways one can receive knowledge is by directly learning from insiders. In career growth, this is vital for learning interview techniques, personal growth advice from alumni, understanding the daily jo...


Newsletter — November A Buddhist Recipe to Break the Ice in Networking "A relationship between two people is like dancing tango: sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow" ― Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Check out our November newsletter for the upcoming events and come join us!

- Virtual North America Humanistic Buddhism Study
- Hangout with SFYAD
- A Buddhist Recipe to Break the Ice in Networking
- Buddhist Examination
- BLIA SFChapter Annual General Meeting
- SFYAD Holiday Party


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2020 北美洲人間音緣音樂會最佳人氣獎 Sounds of the Human World North America Singing Concert Most-Popular Award

Hi everyone! SFYAD got into the finals for Sounds of the Human World Singing Competition, and the final round is a popularity voting contest held tomorrow online.

All 12 entries will be shown on this YouTube video tomorrow at 1pm:

Please vote for our performance here: https://fast-poll.com/poll/19f254df

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One kind gesture of sharing brings you good affinity with others for ages to come!

When we think of sharing, we normally think of sharing things we could see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or think about. But we could also share our compassion and kindness with others! Even more, we could share them through the six senses. Through sharing mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival, people may start to open up and create good affinities with you. Moreover, they may also start to share this joy and kindness with others as well.

sfyad.org Sharing. What comes to your mind as you read the word "Sharing"? Do we share material objects such as food, kitchenware, office supplies, or money with others? When we think of sharing, we normally think of sharing things we could see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or think about. They include money, m...

The 2020 Buddha’s Light International Association World Headquarters Online General Conference was held at 7:30PM Pacific Time last night over Zoom platform. Even as the pandemic resulted in physical distancing between everyone, through technology it allowed over 11,000 participants from 50 different countries and 101 BLIA Chapters to be together virtually. YADs from around the world, where among those were 8 members from SFYAD, also joined this global event.

Venerable Master Hsing Yun, Founder of BLIA, gave an opening speech to welcome all distinguished guests and members. He hoped that everyone can continue caring about the future of our countries and societies, and wished us all happiness and be at ease.


Buddha's Light International Association 2020 General Online Conference was held on October 4 through Zoom. Although the Covid-19 pandemic hads created a distance between each other, the Interney technology has made this event even extraordinary. A total of nearly 50 coutries, 101 BLIA chapters and 11.000 members have participated in the event.
BLIA Founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun welcomed everyone at the opening ceremony and hoped that all would care about the future and contribute to the country and society. He also blessed that everyone can be happineess and free.



Mid Autumn x Double Ninth Festival Celebration! | SFYAD

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! SFYAD is having a Mid-Autumn Festival gathering this Saturday. We will be playing trivia to learn more about the festival history and designing postcard together online via Aggie.io. If you are an artistic and creative, you should join our postcard designing.

You can register through our website: https://www.sfyad.org/events/mid-autumn-x-double-ninth-festival-celebration

sfyad.org Join us in a game of trivia about the traditions and cultural background around Mid Autumn Festival and Double Ninth Festival, and also design your own postcards to be mailed to the seniors to commemorate Double Ninth Festival!


Newsletter — September Not McMindfulness! Towards a right view of mindfulness "The future will definitely be better than the present,so work extra hard." ― Venerable Master Hsing Yun

September Newsletter - Not McMindfulness! Towards a right view of mindfulness.

Be sure to join our events that we have lined up!
- Showcasing Yourself Through Your CV,
- Virtual Escape Room
- Scientific and Dharma Talk on Meditation
- Mid Autumn Festival

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Fo Guang Shan

“Four Immeasurables”

If Buddhist practitioners
can uphold the Four Immeasurables—
loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—
not only will one’s merit and wisdom increase,
afflictions will also be eliminated,
for these are the four secrets
to success in the journey of life.

— “Four Immeasurables”


It is said in the Avatamsaka Sutra, “Find joy in gentleness and
patience; abide in kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.”
Loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the Four
Immeasurables; they are the cornerstones of reliance and abiding. By
practicing the Four Immeasurables, one can subdue inner afflictions
such as greed, anger, ignorance, and arrogance.
The Four Immeasurables correspond with the “Working Creed
for Buddha’s Light Members” that I have established for Fo Guang
Shan. Immeasurable kindness is to “give others faith;” immeasurable
compassion is to “give others hope;” immeasurable joy is to “give
others joy;” and immeasurable equanimity is to “give others
convenience.” Through practicing the Four Immeasurables, one will
be able to improve interpersonal relationships, and cultivate merit
and wisdom that benefit the peace and happiness of countless sentient beings.
How can the Four Immeasurables become the fundamental
guidelines for self-establishment and dealing with situations in our
daily lives?
…………. to be continued …………

— “Four Immeasurables”
Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Today is the International Day Commemorating the Victim of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. In Buddhism, where is no such thing as a just war. The Buddha taught that, “The victor breeds hatred and the defeated lives in misery. He who renounces both victory and defeat is happy and peaceful.”

Not only did the Buddha teach nonviolence and peace, He was probably the first and only religious founder who went to the battlefield to prevent the outbreak of a war. Once, King Virudhaka wanted to attack Kapilavastu. According to Indian tradition, if an army encountered a monk, the war had to be halted immediately. To protect his homeland, the Buddha sat quietly in the path of King Virudhaka’s army. Since the army could not advance, the king got down from his carriage to ask, “Buddha, the sun is scorching, so it is inadvisable to sit for so long in the middle of the road. Why not sit under the lush trees where it is cooler?” the Buddha replied, “The shade of my clan surpasses any other shade.” Touched by the Buddha’s compassionate words, King Virudhaka ordered the army to retreat.

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SFYAD shares about living with a vegetarian lifestyle

SFYAD hosted a vegetarian forum recently! We watched snippets of The Gamer Changers, followed by a forum with three panelists, Venerable Miao Zhong, Winson, and Ben. Our panelists shared their challenges and benefits of being vegetarians, as well as its misconceptions. More importantly, they shared that it is important to keep a balanced diet for a healthy body!

sfyad.org SFYAD organized a vegetarian lifestyle forum for its August gathering on 8th August. We first watched an abridged version of the documentary, “The Game Changers,” through anthropological and medical evidence, detailed the misconceptions of vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet, and its impact on th...


Newsletter — August Curious about what it's like to live a vegetarian diet? Join us in our online veggie forum! "Follow conditions, follow your role, follow your heart, and follow your community. Are you able to follow and oblige all sentient...

Check out our August Newsletter, which include some upcoming events such as Virtual Escape Room, Veggie Forum, Movie Appreciation and Meditation Talk. https://shoutout.wix.com/so/c6NEykMAx

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Connecting Hearts 超越距離

This year’s conference song “Connecting Hearts”.

The theme song for IBLYAC 2020 國際佛光青年會議主題曲

Hello Everyone,

For this month's gathering event, SFYAD is hosting a discussion forum about the veggie-diet lifestyle. You might have wondered about the lifestyle of our vegan/vegetarian friends. Do they eat their broccoli raw?

Join us on August 8th (Saturday) to watch a film about living with a plant-based diet (Film title: The Game Changers) and listen to our panelists to share their experience of veggie lifestyle, and ask them questions.

Registration link: https://www.sfyad.org/events/living-with-a-veggie-diet-forum

On 20th July, SFYAD created an online band called "D’Tunes in the House", and released its first performance themed “Song of Hope” to spread hope to everyone during the uneasy pandemic. Also, SFYAD wanted to encourage everyone to practice Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Three Acts of Goodness and Four Givings through music and hence shared this music production. A total of 20 members participated in the production. SFYAD performed three songs, 明天會更好 (Tomorrow will be better), Heal the World, and 手牽手 (Hand in Hand), and also wrote letters and words of encouragement inspired by Venerable Master’s Dharma words to show their care and concern for everyone.

美國舊金山佛光青年分團首次組成「D’Tunes in the House」線上音樂團,在7月20日發布了「希望之歌」的Youtube影片,在家以音樂弘法,想在這段充滿不安的疫情期間透過音樂傳遞「希望」給大家,弘揚星雲大師的「三好四給」理念! 20位舊金山佛光青年共同參與合作圓滿此次的音樂作品。

#BLIAYAD #YADSORAD #佛光青年 #DTunesintheHouse SFYAD



Caring Letter for the Elders 為長者寫一封關懷信

San Francisco YAD launched a project called "Caring Letter for the Elders: 為長者寫一封關懷信", where its goal is to connect kind-hearted youth members and elders of the San Francisco BLIA chapters and temple devotees, through a physical letter mailed to their homes.

A total of 10 SFYAD members contributed, where they wrote to 82 recipients, with content based on the Dharma Words by Venerable Hsing Yun. This is especially chosen because Venerable Master Hsing Yun's quotes are known to be positive, uplifting, and popular among the elders. Everyone shared how the Venerable Master's quote was relevant to their current experiences.

sfyad.org San Francisco YAD launched a project called "Caring Letter for the Elders: 為長者寫一封關懷信", where its goal is to connect kind-hearted youth members and elders of the San Francisco BLIA chapters and temple devotees, through a physical letter mailed to their homes. As we all experience sh...

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