Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Washington D.C. celebrates its one year anniversary with a free vegetarian feast event


Acting as an inspiring oasis that offers every Buddhist friend a place to pray and practice Buddhism, Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Washington D.C. has been opening to the public for one year since its establishment on July 23, 2017. To celebrate its 1st year anniversary, Guan Yin Citta Washington D.C specially held a free vegetarian feast event at the practice center on July 28, 2018. Nearly 100 Buddhist practitioners and friends attended this event. Some of the attendees were even from neighboring States of Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in D.C is a nonprofit charity organization affiliated with Guan Yin Citta USA, which is registered in US Federal government. The Guan Yin Citta in D.C is committed to spreading core values of Buddhism and serving local communities with different activities, including free vegetarian food tasting event, first incense offering in some big days, and Buddhist seminars. The practice center is an all-inclusive Buddhist practice space in the community of Silver Spring in Washington D.C. It includes the Guan Yin Hall, group study room, meeting room, dining room, and a welcome center.

In the morning of 10:00am, the celebration started with the incense offering ceremony and the chanting of Buddhist scriptures. After that, the leader of the Practice Center delivered a short speech and extended the great thanks to all the friends continuously supporting the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and the practice center. She then briefly introduced the practice center’s daily routine and event schedules of Buddhist practice, such as the group study with free vegetarian food sharing on Saturday and First Incense Offering Ceremony on big days, such as the New Year, and the birthday of Buddha and Bodhisattvas.

During the event, some Buddhist friends shared their heartfelt true stories about how practicing Buddhism changed their lives. Brother Liu mentioned that his wife once had an accident and damaged her brain and her hands could not be moved. At that time, she was struggling in the pain and couldn’t walk with her back straight. After starting reading Buddhist scriptures, making vows, and performing life liberation, her hands and brain were recovered from the irreversible damages and she is now living as a normal person. She was so grateful for Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu. Without  their blessings and help, it’s impossible to create the miracle and alleviate from pain and suffering.

After the story sharing, everyone moved to the dining room and enjoyed delicious vegetarian meals meticulously prepared by volunteers from Guan Yin Citta D.C. There were over 20 kinds of cuisines with different flavors. From salad to entrees, from cold drink to hot soup, all varieties of food is available. With the cheerful laughter and joyful communication, the whole practice center was permeated with an atmosphere of happiness and friendship. Wishing Guan Yin Citta Buddhist Practice Center in Washington D.C. grow stronger and deliver more sentient beings in the future.

Master Jun Hong Lu

Master Jun Hong Lu

Jun Hong Lu is the chairman and Director of Australia Oriental Media Buddhist Charity Association registered under United Nations Global Compact as NGO-Non Government Organisation since July 2015.