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Buddha’s Birthday 2019

The City of Amsterdam’s Buddhist population celebrated Buddha’s Birthday on May 11th.  Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi blessed the attendees as they bathed the Buddha signifying the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. The celebration took place in Freedom Square just opposite the Five World Buddha Temple.


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Bring the Light Holiday Celebration

Saratoga Arts sponsored a multicultural holiday event at the Grove at Saratoga on Sunday December 2nd. The event featured music, dance and a poetry reading celebrating the holiday season. The event was organized by Bobby Carlton and many local artists participated. It was a very enjoyable evening.


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Condolence, Compassion, Community

On the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attack that occurred on September 11, 2001, the people of the City of Amsterdam, New York came together.  Politics, animosity, religious and cultural differences were set aside so our community could remember family members, first responders and volunteers who were injured or tragically and needlessly lost their lives in that horrific event. The ceremony was also a source of consolation for friends and family members of the victims who carry that grief to this day.

A piece of the fallen World Trade Center was erected as a remembrance in Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park. It was a solemn occasion consisting of familiar rituals, song and music designed to console those who are still suffering.

A second Soul Relieving Ceremony was held the next day by the Buddhist World Peace and Health and Guang Huan Mi Zong organizations utilizing the cultural and religious rituals familiar to the Chinese group. They prayed for the injured, lost and those who suffered on 9/11/2001.

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Buddha’s Birthday Celebration 2015

Buddha’s birthday was celebrated Monday, May 25, 2015 by both the World Peace and Health Organization and Guang Huan Mi Zong. Both organizations are owned and operated by local Chinese Buddhists. This year’s celebration was held in the main parking lot of the Five World Buddha Temple on East Main Street in Amsterdam, New York. Buddhist Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi described the significance of the celebration, which involved the ceremonial bathing of the Buddha, representative of rebirth or a new beginning. The event was attended by locals as well as Buddhists traveling from all parts of New York and China who received an energy blessing from Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi. The day was full of both religious celebration and colorful cultural performances.

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The Apple

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the World Peace and Health Organization celebrated the Goddess of Mercy on Grove Street in Amsterdam, New York.  Quan Yin is what the Chinese Buddhists call the Goddess of Mercy. Often depicted as the Goddess with 1000 arms because of her self-less dedication to help others and to remain in the earthly realm worlds until all other living things have completed their own enlightenment and thus become liberated from the pain-filled cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

Buddhist Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi spoke to the gathering of WPHO staff and students yesterday, encouraging them to emulate Quan Yin and to get rid of ego that will block their path to enlightenment.  Apples were passed out to the congregation and the spiritual leader marveled at nature’s perfection. The apple tree with it’s many branches was not unlike the many arms of Quan Yin, reaching out and producing a product that relieves the pangs of hunger. He reminded the students that the farmer coats the apple with wax to prevent it from deteriorating and so must they continue to practice the Guang Huan Mi Zong Health Dharma to keep their bodies healthy so they can continue their mission of promoting world health, peace and harmony. It is not enough, Shi emphasized, to practice (meditate) and become energized unless you use that energy to selflessly help others.

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Noah’s Ark

Yesterday I attended a special celebration in Auriesville, NY with my second family, the Buddhists. They were celebrating the completion of a pagoda-like structure on top of their headquarters building, a former Jesuit dormitory. The structure serves as a roof and observation deck covering what was once an open elevator shaft. Buddhist leader, Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi dubbed the roof Noah’s Ark. Like the biblical story, it protects residents from violent storms and flooding. It also symbolically represents the Guang Huan Mi Zong health dharma protecting the world from the flood of suffering and disease. The Buddhists were also celebrating the birthday of one of the Chinese students studying the health dharma.

Going with the Ark theme, I decided to photograph the three kittens that found a home with the Buddhists. A male and two female siblings who seem to be the progeny of a Lilac Point Siamese and a Yellow Tabby. A gorgeous sunset followed as if on cue to start the celebration.

I talked with old friends and met several new Buddhist Monks that recently joined the group. It was a very enjoyable evening with my always hospitable friends.

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Guang Huan Mi Zong Health Enhancement Dharma Class

The Western Supreme Buddha Association and the World Peace and Health Organization will jointly hold a free “Guang Huan Mi Zong Health Enhancement Dharma Class” from June 28th to 30th for improving people’s health. Attendees will experience an incredible health enhancement during the short three-day dharma practice.

Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi wishes to teach people the Guang Huan Mi Zong Health Esoteric Dharma, which has been kept secret for thousands of years, to better everyone’s health; enhancing their adaptability to this rapid-changing world and their chance of survival. This Esoteric Dharma is the highest form of supreme esoteric yoga which channels the Buddha Light throughout human body. It can quickly improve human genes, and help to prevent or even eliminate most diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, etc. It is unique and practical. Devoted practitioners can experience spiritual advancement, change their karma, develop their virtues, and eventually enter the blissful Heaven on Earth. This Esoteric Dharma is the hope of all human beings and nations for overcoming disasters and achieving peace and health.

Many people came to the Five World Buddhas Temple from different places around the world to celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday; making their pilgrimage, or attending the Health Dharma Class. They all highly praised the wonderful effects obtained from practicing the Guang Huan Mi Zong Esoteric Health Dharma.

“I read about Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi in the

newspaper last year, and this year I finally met him. I have tried many different types of meditation before, but they never had any effect. The Holy Master taught me something that really worked. I saw a bright light in my mind, and my whole body felt energized, I could feel my consciousness reaching out into the universe, it was wonderful!” Shared James who attended a Guang Huan Mi Zong Dharma class on June 8th, he added that he was interested in signing up for the advanced class.

His classmate Sandra told her story, “I have been suffering from back pain for years. Different doctors I have seen could never help me, I was afraid I would never get better. A friend told me that they attended this class and that Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi could help me. I wasn’t too sure, but with nothing else to do, I gave it a try. The effect was immediate, after the third day the pain was almost totally gone, it is a miracle, I can’t believe it, I am so grateful!”

Tuition of this 3-day Health Dharma class: Free!

Date: June 28 to June 30, 2012 (Thursday to Saturday)

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Five World Buddhas Temple, 262 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010

Contact number: (518) 853-1873, (518) 577-7387, (518) 312-9871


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Guang Huan Mi Zong

Zinguang Shang Shi is back in Amsterdam, New York after a seasonal pilgrimage to California and Hong Kong to spread the word about his teaching or Dharma that has the power to heal.  Accompanying him are his monks forming the World Peace and Health Organization and a new group of students from China and the US.  On Sunday, May 6, 2012, the new students started the basic course of the Guang Huan Mi Zong Health Dharma.

Having already taken the basic course, I was allowed to take part and photograph the class for this blog.  The classes are held at the Five Buddha Temple (formerly St Casmirs Lithuanian Catholic Church) on 260 East Main Street in Amsterdam, New York.  The World Peace and Health Organization preserved the architecture and styling of the church while adding their own altars and statuary. The interior of the former church is one of the most beautiful I have seen with frescos painted on the curved ceilings and the original stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus Christ. Buddhism predates Catholicism by about 500 years.

The practice of Buddhism is based on attaining nine levels of achievement to become a Buddha. Although few reach that level, it is often  a lifelong process.  The principal is based on the theory that there is an ultimate and never-ending supply of energy or light in the universe that is the basis for all things and that flows through all things. By practicing meticulous meditation one is able to focus solely on the energy within each one of us and harness its power to heal. Advanced levels of achievement allow you harness the energy from the universe and use its power. When one has achieved all nine levels he or she is said to be Buddha or one with the universe.

While the main group are practicing Buddhists, one does not need to change their religion or become Buddhist to learn the meditation techniques taught in this class.  The basic class gives a brief history of Buddhism and then progresses to meditation, teaching  positioning, hand gestures, and concentration. There are rules for the proper times during the day, frequency and duration of the meditation sessions. There are alternative positions for people who cannot at first achieve the cross-legged lotus position.

Zinguang Shang Shi speaks in Mandarin Chinese, but he has learned a few words in English since I first met him two years ago. Interpreters are provided and translate on the fly as he teaches.  It is a little disorienting at first but after a few minutes you understand.  This is an experience that is well worth the effort.  If you have any doubts, ask your doctor about the benefits of meditation.

The World Peace and Health Organization would like to invite the public to a celebration of the  Sakyamuni Buddha’s birthday on Monday, May 28, 2012, 9am at the Five Buddha Temple, 260 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY.  

For more information about the World Peace and Health Organization or the Guang Huan Mi Zong Health Dharma, click here.

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