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Newsletter #6

2023 New Year

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Dear Friends, 

Happy New Year! The new year is a time for symbolic renewal and rejuvenation!

The past three years of the pandemic have felt like one long, arduous Winter full of loss, not only of our loved ones, but also of lost time and lost connections. These painful experiences, though heartbreaking, can also help us to question what's most important in our lives. What we can (should we) be doing with the limited time we have in this current life? As we know, from the Dharma, all things have a cause and effect. The pandemic has given us time to look within and reflect on our own resilience, strength, and community.

As the new year begins, we're thrilled to announce that Thong Tri Temple will be opening its doors for a Lunar New Year commemoration AND every Sunday after that! Please see our Lunar New Year invitation below:

Lunar New Year 2023 

Sunday, January 22, 2023 - Monday, January 23, 2023

Thong Tri Temple

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM







Please join us as we pay respect to the Buddha on Lunar New Year! The Temple will be open from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. All are welcome to receive a red envelope. Light refreshments will be available. Chanting begins at 7:00 PM.


Thong Tri Temple reopens every Sunday!

Please see the Weekly Sunday Activities Program link here.

What’s New?

We also have two new blogs posted on our website. They are a deeper dive into the Ten Realms of Reincarnation and the Desire, Form, and Formless Heaven Realms. You’ll find descriptions of all Ten Realms as well as a closer look into the details of Buddhist cosmology. 

Looking Ahead... 

Our upcoming projects include the Fourth Noble Truth, and an explanation of the Dharma name. During the various stages of Phuong's transition to be a fully ordained Buddhist nun, she was given a new name at each stage. Names are symbolically creative and transformative. Do you know the meaning of your name or where it came from?


Wisdom Blogs 

For those who would like an introduction to the Teachings of Buddha, please check out our Life of Buddha series.


Let's be Friends!

Consider connecting with us on Facebook and following our new Facebook page


We pray that you continue to reside in tranquility, awareness, acceptance, and the Present Moment

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About the authors:


Phuong Pham is the creator of this website. In 2019, Phuong transitioned to become a Buddhist nun and transformed her home into Thong Tri Temple in Santa Clara, California. Her Buddhist name is Hanh Lien. You can read more about Phuong’s story on our Profiles page


Christina Shon is the content editor of this website. Christina is a former high school English teacher, program coordinator in an Education non-profit, and program manager in Higher Education. She currently works for Colorado State University as a Career Educator and lives in Timnath, Colorado.


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