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Invitation letter to jointly attend the Buddha’s Birthday celebration in Southern California

GHPGVNTNHK        Ven. Thích Thánh Minh       Dr. Huỳnh Tấn Lê

INVITATION LETTER TO JOINTLY ATTEND  BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Dear Venerable Monks and Nuns,
Dear Intellectuals, Fellow Buddhists, and everyone,
In Dhammapada verse 194, the Buddha taught:
Happy is the Birth of the Buddha
Happy is the right Dharma shining brightly on gods and beings
Happy is the merit field of the Sangha
Happy is the fourfold Assembly everywhere practicing the Buddha Dharma together.
Jointly joining the solemn, peaceful, and happy atmosphere of the Buddha’s children around the world, to celebrate and commemorate three important events of the Buddha’s life: The Birth, Enlightenment, and Nirvana of the Buddha, in Southern California, on Saturday and Sunday May 4-5, 2024, Vietnamese American United Buddhist Congregation will organize the Buddha’s Birthday at Garden Grove Park: 9301 Westminster Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844.
It is a great honor for Senior Venerable Thích Thánh Minh to be appointed as Head of the Organizing Committee of this year’s Buddha’s Birthday.
You all are cordially invited to attend, see, and read the detailed information below.
We would like to invite you to spend your precious time attending and supporting this important and meaningful event.
We greatly appreciate you expressing our deep gratitude to your presence and support.
We wish you and your loved Ones immeasurable peace and auspiciousness.

Namo The Original Master Shakyamuni Buddhaya.
THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY
Buddhist Calendar 2568 Normal Calendar 2024
Vietnamese American United Buddhist Congregation
Vietnamese Buddhist Community of Southern California
Buddha’s Birthday Festival Celebration Organizing Committee
Held on Saturday and Sunday 4-5/2024
At Garden Grove Park: 9301 Westminster BLVD, Garden Grove, Ca 92844.
1. WITNESSES BOARD

The Most Venerable Thích Chơn Thành
The Most Venerable Thích Tín Nghĩa
The Most Venerable Thích Phước Thuận
The Most Venerable Thích Nguyên Trí
The Most Venerable Thích Minh Tuyên
The Most Venerable Thích Nguyên Siêu
The Most Venerable Thích Trí Tuệ
The Most Venerable Thích Pháp Tánh
The Most Venerable Thích Minh Nguyện
The Most Venerable Thích Minh Mẫn
The Most Venerable Thích Nhật Quang.

2. ADVISORS BOARD

The Most Venerable Thích Thiện Long
The Most Venerable Thích Thông Hải
The Most Venerable Thích Minh Hồi
The Most Venerable Thích Minh Dung
The Most Venerable Thích Nhật Huệ
The Most Venerable Thích Giác Ngôn
The Most Venerable Thích Thiện Cần
The Most Venerable Thích Tuệ Uy
The Most Venerable Thích Bửu Lợi
The Most Venerable Thích Tâm Thành
The Most Venerable Thích Thông Quán.

3. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

– Head of Organizing Committee: Senior Venerable Thích Thánh Minh
Deputy Head of Organizing Committee: Senior Venerable Thích Pháp Tánh, Ven. Thích Huệ Minh, Ven. Thích Đồng Châu, Ven. Thích Giác Liên, Sister Nguyễn Thu Hà, Brother Tâm Hòa Lê Quang Dật
– Secretary General: Dr. Quảng Phước Huỳnh Tấn Lê, Senior Venerable Dr. Thích Trừng Sỹ, Senior Venerable Dr. Thích Thánh Nam, Brother Đặng Văn Chương, Brother Phát Bùi, Brother Quảng Thể Lưu Quang Dương, and Sister Thủy Tiên.
– Head of Treasurer: Senior Nun Đức Huy, Venerable Nun Phước Quang, Sister Diệu Minh, Brother Vân Trương.

4. COORDINATION BOARD:

Dr. Huỳnh Tấn Lê, Senior Venerable Thích Thánh Minh, Senior Venerable Thích Trừng Sỹ, and Senior Venerable Thích Thánh Nam
+ Standing settlement of works related to Buddha’s Birthday
+ Send people to attend meetings of the subcommittees
+ General work such as renting locations, insurance, renting tables, chairs, canopies, banners, etc. 
+ Invite government officials and elected representatives.
+ Contact local authorities to ask for licenses for the Buddha’s Birthday.
+ Invite organizations and associations to attend
+ Make and coordinate the ceremony programs
+ Invite the Master of the Great Ceremony of the Buddha’s Birthday.

5. SECURITY BOARD

– Rent Security Guard (code 5 Security Services, contact Brother Huynh James (714) 457-0300)
– Call for volunteers
– Guide the entrance and instruct the parking space
– Security at the ceremony location and parking lots
– Keeping security of donation boxes.

6. Designing Board of the Stage of the Buddha’s Birthday:

Senior Venerable Thích Pháp Tánh, Ven. Thích Huệ Minh, Ven. Thích Chúc Thông, Ven. Thích Đồng Thiện, Ven. Thích Chúc Thiền, Ven. Giác Liên, Ven. Ni Sư Nguyên Giác.

7. Decoration Board:

– Senior Venerable Thích Thánh Thanh, Ven. Bảo Thiện, Ven. Minh Tâm, Ven. Minh Tính, Ven. Giác Minh Quảng, and Vietnamese traditional Martial Arts Training Center
– Arranging and cleaning the tent (set up and set down), hanging banners, tutorials signs, and cleaning.
– Receive and guide the placement of stage and tents (large and small canopy types) and arrange 2,000 seats in tents, arrange positions for banners sponsoring and advertising to hang up.
– Cleaning on Sunday night 5/5/2024, delivered to Vendors.

8. Board of making offerings to the Sangha:

Venerable Thường Tịnh, Brother Tịnh Nguyện, taking care of food and drinks for the Venerable Monastics and Organizing Committee on Saturday and Sunday.

9. Preparation Board of food and drinks:

Senior Venerable Nun Thiền Tuệ and lay Buddhists of Phổ Linh Buddhist Temple will prepare and distribute food to everyone all day Sunday.

10. Ceremonial Board:

The Most Venerable Thích Thông Quán, Ven. Thích Thánh Nam, Ven. Thích Châu Thiện, and Ven. Thích Đồng Thiện take care of the rituals during the two days of the Great Ceremony, prepare the necessary Buddhist tools for Vesak Day, and prepare Sutras to recite.

11. Press and Communications Board:

Brother Nguyễn Thanh Huy, Brother Nguyên Từ Nguyễn Quốc Hưng, Brother Nguyễn Phú Hùng, Sister Triệu Mỹ Ngân, Sister Thuỷ Tiên and Sister Thuỳ Linh Global Radio…
Contact media agencies, post invitation letters, schedule community activities, organize press conferences, coordinate with the Coordinating Committee to carry out programs on radio and television.

12. Singing Performance Board:

MC Đỗ Tân Khoa, Singer Triệu Mỹ Ngân, Musician Trần Chí Phúc, Singer Tuyết Minh, etc.
Inviting artists and cultural program coordinators, Musician Nam Hưng and the Ocean Tide Sound Choir, Sister Diệu Ngọc, and Sister Thủy Tiên.
The Quảng Đức region Buddhist Family is in charge of the Flag Saluting Ceremony, the Buddha’s Birthday Celebration choir, flower offering dance, and other dances etc.

13. Announcers of Ceremony:

The Most Venerable Thích Nhật Trí, Venerable Thích Hạnh Tuệ in Vietnamese, Dr. Huỳnh Tấn Lê in English.

14. Board of Performance Speakers:

Brother Triệu Mỹ Ngân and Sister Đỗ Tân Khoa.
15. Reception Board: Senior Venerable Nun Nguyên Bổn, Nun Phước Quang, and Sister Linda Trần.
Organize a Fundraiser, collect money at the venue, call for donation and offerings, control the offering boxes at the venue, keep documents for future reporting and tax returns for the Buddhist Church.

16. Sound and Lighting Board:

Brother Phú, Brother Mạnh Hùng, and Brother Minh Triết prepare Generators, take care of lighting and electricity from the start,
help singing performance Board set up sound, and provide power for the performance Board.

17. Reception Board:

Venerable Thích Giác Châu, Brother Lê Hiếu Nghĩa, Sister Minh Chính, Brother Thiện Phúc, Brother Tâm Tường Lê Đình Cát, Brother Phan Thành Chinh, Siter Cao Ngọc Điệp, Sister Loan, and lay Buddhist devotees of Liên Hoa Temple.

18. Film and photo Board:

The Most Venerable Thích Tuệ Uy, Brother Steven, and Sister Lê Thị Nhung make videos and post pictures online.

19. Spokespeople Board:

The Most Venerable Thích Nhật Trí, Senior Venerable Thích Trừng Sỹ, Ven. Thích Thánh Nam in Vietnamese, and Dr. Brother Huỳnh Tấn Lê in English.

20. Attendant Board:

Senior Venerable Nun Như Kim, Ven. Nun Cô Diệu, Nun Diệu Định Đức, Nun Quảng Tịnh, and Nuns at Đại Bi Nunnery.

21. Ceremonial Welcome Board:

Senior Venerable Thích Thánh Thanh and the Quảng Đức Region Buddhist Family will help take care of the procession of flags, offer flowers, spread flowers and have a unicorn team.

22. Board of Health:

Pharmacist Phạm Kiều Liễu, Doctor Nguyễn Thanh Tâm, and Doctor Trần Phát.
Coordinating Board of Buddhist cultural stalls and food stalls: Venerable Nun Phước Quang, Sister Linda Trần, and Brother Nhuận Sáng.

23. Sanitation Board:

Brother Quảng Hậu (THCSPG, PG Secondary School), Brother Vinh, Brother Thanh Hạnh, Sister Nghiêm Ánh, Sister Bổn Hoa and volunteers.
– Take care of hygiene at the location, research on trash disposal of food stalls
– Take care of cleaning the rest rooms at the location
– Final clean up.
The Organizing Committee of the Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony is in need of constructive feedback and effortful support, wealth, enthusiasm of volunteers, and benefactors.
Dear Venerable Monastic and lay Buddhist Devotees who want to register for the Organizing Committee and all the details you need to know, add or remove.
Please contact Head of the Organizing Committee Thích Thánh Minh (714) 675-8224 and Secretary General of Dr. Quảng Phước Huỳnh Tấn Lê (714)838-3739.

By Ven. Thích Trừng Sỹ

Thơ mời tham dự Đại Lễ Phật Đản chung ở Nam California

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