Due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, dharma services will be live-streamed online every Sunday on YouTube Channel @fgstoronto.
Dharma services are held on every Sunday mornings at 10:00am-12:30pm, usually chanting the Amitabha Sutra. Venerables who reside at the temple speak a variety of languages besides Mandarin, primarily English and Cantonese, are available to perform weddings or funerals services.
Many larger services held annually mostly revolve around filial piety, along with the Buddhist philosophy of transferring merit to one's parents and ancestors. In the spring, the temple holds a large service in commemoration of Ching Ming, a traditional Chinese festival where many pay respects to deceased relatives by cleaning their graves. In the summer, the temple holds a large service in commemoration of Ullambana. Many other Dharma services are hold in different months.
Larger ceremonies and rites
Great Compassion Repentance Service (大悲懺法會): Service held three time a year. A popular service in the Buddhist tradition, it involves the recitation of the Great Compassion Mantra, elaborate bowing, offering, and chanting.
Water Repentance Service (水懺法會): A one day repentance service for filial piety. Held annually in the month of the Qingming Festival.
Bathing Buddha Ceremony (浴佛法會): Celebration of the Buddha's Birthday held in and outside of the temple.
Emperor Liang Repentance Service (梁皇法會): A week long repentance service held annually as part of the Ullambana festival observed in July to early-August.
Amitabha 7-day Retreat (彌陀佛七): Seven days of mindful recitation of the Amitabha Sutra and Amitabha's name, held at the end of November or December around the time of Amitabha's birthday.
Thousand Buddha Repentance Service (禮千佛法會): A short ceremony paying homage to Buddhas and bodhisattvas; held on Chinese New Year.
Grand Offering to Celestial Beings (供佛齋天): A ceremony inviting heavenly guardians of Buddhism. Held during the lunar new year celebrations.