Every New Year, Yuan-DaoGuanyin Temple will prepare more than a thousand of specially-designedLucky Charms to give away. All the Lucky Charms will be enlightened by Master Lee, the Abbot of the Temple, before giving to the supplicants. They represent Buddha’s blessing and the Temple’s best wishes for people to enjoy a successful, healthy, prosperous, and peaceful coming year.
There are two types ofLucky Charm, the Classic Goldand the Annual Special Color (such as red, orange, green, yellow, blue, etc.). The Classic Gold, signifying spiritual advancement,comes with “The Forshang Patriarch’s Buddha Worship Incense” and Master Lee’s calligraphy of Jixiang ruyi吉祥如意 (propitious and wish-fulfilling) on the purple fabric. The Annual Color, for blessing of secular wellness and prosperity, comes with “The Sand of the Bodhi Path,” in addition to the purple fabric written with Master Lee’s calligraphy of Jixiang ruyi吉祥如意.
All the Lucky Charms are hand-made, punching with needles for thousands of times to create an artistic feel to the surface, which comes with the incuse of “guanyin li觀音力 (The Power of Guanyin),” words echoing the inscription on the Temple’s Guardian Stone, words speaking also to Bodhisattva Guanyin’s utmost compassion. The Lucky Charm not only embodies Buddha’s blessing, it is also a collectible art – and as such, thousands of visitors are drawn to get one every year.
Lucky Charms are available each year only during the season of New Year Holidays and the Chinese New Year Festivals.