Teachers of Cross-strait Universities Refresh Their Mind in DDM World Center for Buddhist Education
From August 9th to 12th, 2014, DDM Extensive Academic Education first holds the “Camp of Protection of Spiritual Environment” for teachers from cross-strait universities. 23 teachers and graduate students from Beijing Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, National Taiwan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tianjin Open University spend 4 enlightening days in DDMWCBE. They learn simple but practical methods to calm down their mind through the 4-day campus life.
From the afternoon of August 9th, 2014, several teachers of Dharma Drum University (DDU) jointly lead the cross-strait teachers to experience unique classes of DDU such as Buddhist morning service, sitting meditation, walking meditation, etc., whose essence of Chan mediation indeed helps these participants from faraway places relax their mind and bodies, which are in a long-standing pressing life of teaching. Jin Kai, a young and energetic teacher of Tianjin Open University, said he often neglects the reaction of his body and mind to the environment in the busy daily life. However, through the practice of Chan meditation, he has realized the deep meaning of “slow down” and felt the instantaneous happiness from the small details of life.
Through the mixture of practice and discussion, the “Life Education Workshop,” “Right Mindfulness Workshop,” and “Philosopher Cafe” held on August 10th and 11th are generally approved by the teachers.
At the last two classes on the morning of August 12th, during the sharing of teaching experience, the teachers unanimously said the tranquil, peaceful, and friendly atmosphere of DDMWCBE is the best embodiment of the protection of spiritual environment. Sun Lan Feng, a teacher of Beijing Jiaotong University, sighed for the fact that the students in China are usually indifferent and nervous due to the pressure caused by the College Entrance Examination. Nevertheless, teachers and students he met in Dharma Drum Buddhist College all wore a big smile and spoke in gentle voices, after which, he really respects the deep impact of Buddhist education. Therefore, he decides to proceed to smile after coming back to Beijing, and instill the power of virtue and beauty into life and workplaces.
Chen Yen Hao from National Taiwan University said he more concretely realized that the academic education of DDM is a diversified academic regime containing different viewpoints and helping the public learn the practicality of Buddha dharma. He, especially, identifies with the teachers’ earnest devotion and vows to make the same contribution to others.
(Translated by Tom Hsieh)