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On Sunday May 26, 2002, Wesak aka Buddha's Birthday, there was a service at noon at our temple presiding by Upasika Nghim-Ngoc Nguyn Thi My Hng, aided by Upasika Chc-Trm V Thi Ci playing the bell and Upasika Chu-Ngoc L Hoa Nhuy beating the motak.  The Cu An service from the Khnh an liturgie was for peace and harmony, also commemorating the Buddha's Birthday (the whole fourth lunar month).  There were 146 participants.

Tra Chu-nhat 26 thang 5 nam 2002, nham ngay Phat-an Ram thang T nam Nham Ngo, Hoi a to chc Nghi-thc Cau An Khanh an tai chanh ien chua Hai-c di s chu le cua H Nghiem-Ngoc Nguyen Th My Hong, vi H Chuc-Tram Vo Th Cai duy na, va H Chau-Ngoc Le Hoa Nhuy duyet chung.  ai chung co 146 ngi.


Before the service, from 10 am, many members have arrived, many for the preparation and cooking, but the Hai-c Youth group has also been present for their activities.  The Sunday School stared at 11 am with Upasaka Minh-Quang Nguyn L c explaining the 3rd Lesson of the 2nd Class of Popular Buddhism "Impermanence" with a high attendance, especially of Buddhist Youth members. We saw in the kitchen Upasika Nghim-Ngoc Nguyn Thi My Hng, head cook, with other Upasikas Bi Thi Chuong, H Thi , Nguyn Thi Kim Hang, Nguyn Thi Khm, V Thi Ci, Nguyn Thi Tu, Nguyn Thi Nghim L, Yn My Pham Vogt,  Cn Stone.  Upasika Bi Thi Chuong offered the hard jellies (xu xoa) and sweet mung bean relish (ch u xanh), Upasika L Hoa Nhuy offered the sticky rice (xi) and cut flowers, Upasika Bi Thi Hip offered cut flowers for the altars, as did Upasaka L nh Yn Ph, Upasika Nguyn Thi My Hng offered oranges, grape, grapefruits.  Our blessings to all of them for their good deeds.

T 10 gi sang, nhieu v a en don dep va sa soan nau an, va cac em oan sinh cung nh Huynh trng Gia-nh Phat-t Hai-c cung en sm e sinh hoat.  Lp Phat Hoc Pho Thong khoa Hai tiep tuc hoi 11 gi sang di s hng dan cua H Minh-Quang Nguyen Le c vi bai th Ba "Vo Thng" co rat ong hoc vien, nhat la oan sinh Gia nh Phat T. Chung toi nhan thay trong bep, ngoai H Nghiem-Ngoc Nguyen Th My Hong (ba Quy), Trng Ban Trai Soan, con co quy ba H Bui Th Chng, Ho Th e, Nguyen Th Kim Hang, Nguyen Th Kham, Vo Th Cai, Nguyen Th T, Nguyen Th Nghiem Le, Pham My Vogt, Can Stone.  H Bui Th Chng con em cung banh xu xoa va che au xanh, H Le Hoa Nhuy cung xoi au xanh va hoa cung Phat, H Bui Th Hiep cung hoa cuc ban Phat, H Le nh Yen Phu cung hoa ban Phat, H Nguyen Th My Hong cung cam, nho, bi.  Xin cam ta cong c quy v!



After the service, everyone sat down for a vegetarian lunch prepared by the above mentioned mothers.  In the menu, we saw fried rice noodles, tossed salad, fried wonton, fried vegetables, tofu casserole, served on rice, and desserts of sweet relishes, sticky rice, hard jellies ...  everything was completely consummated.  The ladies stayed for dish washing and cleaning.  Youth Leaders Minh-Quy and Nguyn-Diu helped mopping the floor and dumping trash. May the Buddha bless all of you! 

Sau buoi le, moi ngi cung vao phong an tho trai than mat.  Thc n co bun xao, rau tron, banh quai vac chien, cai xao, au phu kho, trang mieng che, xoi, xu xoa ... thc an c tieu thu sach se.  Quy ba lai ra chen, noi nieu, lau chui phong an, vi s giup cua Gia nh Phat T Hai-c.  Cac HT Minh-Quy va Nguyen-Dieu giup lau phong an va o rac. Xin Ch Phat gia ho quy v!


The Hai-c Youth group members cleaned up the altar area, put up flowers and decorations, then went for their meeting.  Upasika Nguyn-Diu Nguyn Xun Mai taught Vietnamese for the Oanh Vu group.  Upasaka Minh-Quang Nguyn L c, chairman of the Board, announced the practice schedule for June and July 2002, especially the Uposatha retreat on June 14 & 15 under the supervision of Ven Thch Minh Quang and on July 5 & 6 under the supervision of Ven Thch Nguyn Siu, and the Dharma Talks before services on Sundays June 16 of Ven Thch Minh Quang and July 7 of Ven Thch Nguyn Siu, asking the assembly to happily participate.  He also announed the break-in at the temple by thieves stealing a window A/C, a microwave oven, a space heater, many cases of noodles, four planters with flowers from the front yard. 

Gia nh Phat T Hai-c a lau don ban th, chng don hoa qua, roi hop oan.  Huynh trng Nguyen-Dieu Nguyen Xuan Mai day tieng Viet cho cac chau Oanh Vu.  H Minh-Quang Nguyen Le c, Hoi-trng, thong bao chng trnh tu hoc thang 6 va 7 nam 2002, ac biet cac khoa tu Bat Quan Trai Gii ngay 14-15 thang 6 di s chng minh cua Thch Minh Quang, va ngay 5-6 thang 7 di s chng minh cua TT Thch Nguyen Sieu, va cac buoi thuyet phap ngay Chu Nhat 16 thang 6 cua Thch Minh Quang va 7 thang 7 cua TT Thch Nguyen Sieu.  H knh mi quy Phat t hoan h tham d.  H cung loan bao ke gian a ap ca so chua lay i mot may lanh, mot lo vi ba, mot may si nho, nhieu thung m si, banh hoi, bon chau bong trc san chua. 

Minh-Quang ghi May 26, 2002


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