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DDM Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom Day

Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, passed away in February 2009, hence the loss of a most revered spiritual mentor for Taiwan’s society. The Master’s funeral served as his final teaching by example and a valuable Dharma lesson for the public, on the meaning of life and death.



To remember the Master’s teachings, DDM Sangha designated the ninth day of the first month in lunar calendar, the day of his death, as “Dharma Drum Mountain Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom Day” .

To mark the 10th anniversary of his passing, DDM is again organizing the ceremony that reflects the core spirit of “the Rising Great Compassion with Continual Vows”, to inspire devotees to arouse a compassionate mind in continuing to carry on Chinese Buddhist traditions and share DDM’s vision, as an effort to help illuminate the light of Dharma throughout the world.

Themed as the Rising Great Compassion with Continual Vows, the Dharma assembly dedicated to the Day will take place at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, as well as at DDM’s branch monasteries worldwide, on February 16, 2019.

DDM’s monastic and lay practitioners are welcome to join the event in memorial of Master Sheng Yen by carrying their lamp bowls, which symbolizes the upholding of the Dharma as transmitted by the Buddha and the lighting up of our inner compassion as inherent in every individual’s Buddha nature.

Besides expressing gratitude and show remembrance of the Master’s guidance, the event will be an opportunity for practitioners to meet together in the Dharma and jointly make the vow to become facilitators of Dharma propagation, based on the Master’s teachings and DDM’s ideals.

It will also be an occasion to raise their awareness of the urgent necessity to practice diligently as the prerequisite for sharing the benefit of Dharma with others. By continuing the wisdom life of Master Sheng Yen, passing on the lamp of wisdom with a pure mind, and beating the Dharma drum, participants can help illuminate the world with the brightness of the Dharma.

As the Master once said, he never expected our gratitude or appreciation toward him as a teacher, but nevertheless hoped that each and every of his disciples can become a lamp for the world by shining the light of Buddhist compassion wisdom far and wide.

The annual Day is meant to remind us to refresh our initial aspiration when embarking on the Buddhist practice, and to always remain grateful for encountering an accomplished who guided us with his insights for the benefit of our life. Now, we wish to apply the practice method of Buddha-name recitation, to commemorate and show our gratitude to Master Sheng Yen for his kindness.


Asia - Taipei - DDM World Center for Buddhist Education



Agenda
09:30~13:00  Arrival / Preparation / Lunch
13:10    Ready for the ceremony
13:15~13:30  Opening - Videos
13:30~13:50  General Instruction
13:50~14:20  Arrival of the major lamp
14:20~14:40  Buddha’s Name Recitation
14:40~16:00  Continuing Master Sheng Yen’s Aspiration
(Special event of 10th Anniversary of Master Sheng Yen’s passing)
16:00~17:30  Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom Day - Dharma Service
16:00~17:30  Venerable Abbot President’s Dharma Talks
17:30~ Going Home

Time: Feb 16, 2019 (Sat) 13.30-17.30
Place: DDM World Center for Buddhist Education
(No. 555, Fagu Rd., 7th Neighborhood, Sanjie Village, Jinshan District. New Taipei City, ) (DDM Center will be closed for the whole day.)


LIVE TV


Asia- DDM Hong Kong

DDM Passing on Lamp of Wisdom Day - Dharma Service

Time: Feb 16, 2019 (Sat) 13.30-17.30
Arrival: no later than 13.00
Participants: Open to the public
Age: No limit

Tel: (852) 2865 3110
Location:
Room 203 2/F, Block B, Alexandra Indstrial Bulding 23-27 Wing Hong Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Asia- Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia, Selangor

Concert: Rising Great Compassion and 10th Anniversary of Center Malaysia

Time: Mar 2, 2019 (Sat) 19.30-21.30
Players: Malaysia Century Chinese Orchestra (MCCO)
Tickets: Open after 2019/1/15

Tel: 03-79600841 03-79604341
Location: KLPAC, Pentas 1

Asia – DDM Singapore

DDM Passing on Lamp of Wisdom - Dharma Service

Registration reguired

Time: Feb 16, 19:30- 21: 30
Participants: Open to the public
Age: No limit

Tel: (65) 6735 5900
Location: 146B Paya Lebar Rd #06-01 Ace Building


Northern America – Chan Meditation Center

DDM Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom: 7-Day Chan Retreat

Time: Jan 28th ~ Feb 3rd
09:00~12:00 /13:00~17:00

Activities:
Master Sheng Yen's Video Dharma Talks
Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom & Rising Great Compassion with Continual Vows

Location: Chan Meditation Center (91-26 Corona Ave.)

Northern America - Dharma Drum Mountain Massachusetts Buddhist Association

DDM Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom Day

Time: Feb 2 (Sat) 11.30-16.00
Activities:
Year-End Thanksgiving Feast
DDM Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom
Repentance Prostration to 88 Buddhas

Tel: (781) 863-1936
Location: 319 Lowell Street Lexington, MA 02420

Northern America – DDM New Jersey Chapter

Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom: 2-Day Chan Retreat

Registration reguired

Time: Feb 2 ~ Feb 3, 09:00~16:30
Hosted by: Venerable Guo Yuan, Abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center
Tel: 732-249-1898

Location: 56 Vineyard Rd Edison, NJ, 08817

Northern America – Dharma Drum Mountain Association Washington Capter


Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom: One-Day Chan Retreat

Registration reguired, donation will be most appreciated.

Time: Feb 2, 09:30~17:00

Tel: (425)957-4597
Location:14130 NE 21st St., Bellevue, WA 98007

Northern America- DDM Tallahassee Chan Center

Master Sheng Yen's 10 Year Death Anniversary Talk

Time: Feb 4 (Mon) 19:30~21:00

Tel:(850)888-2616
Location:1310 North Paul Russell Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32301 United States(Tallahassee Chan Center)

Northern America- DDM San Francisco Bay Area Center

Time: Feb 17 (Sun) 14:00~17:00
Activities:
Watch Video from the event in DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Taipei

Tel: 732-249-1898
Location: 255 H Street,Fremont,CA 94536


Northern America- Dharma Drum Mountain Los Angeles Center

DDM Passing on Lamp of Wisdom - Dharma Service

Time: Feb 16 (Sat) , 13:30~16:30

Registration reguired, donation will be most appreciated.

Lamp Bowl and reprint of Master Sheng Yen’s Calligraphy writing “a Verse of the Formless” (無相頌) would be available on site.

Tel: 626-350-4388
Location: 4530 N Peck Rd., El Monte, CA91732



Northern America - Dharma Drum Vancouver Center

DDM Passing on Lamp of Wisdom - Dharma Service

Time: Feb 23 (Sat), 14:00~16:00


Activities:
Carrying on DDM’s vision in commemoration of Master Sheng Yen’s kindness

Tel: 604-277-1357
Location: 8240 No.5 Road Richmond, BC Canada V6Y 2V4

Northern America –Dharma Drum Mountain Ontario Buddhist Association

Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom: One-Day Chan Retreat & Dharma Service

Registration: Please email to: ddmba.toronto@gmail.com

Time: Feb 9 (Sat), 09:00~17:30

Activities:
10th Anniversary of Master Sheng Yen’s passing:
" Rising Great Compassion with Continual Vows"

Host by: Venerable Chang-Xian (常先法師) and Venerable Chang-Lu (常麓法師)
Agenda: Sitting Meditation, Master Sheng Yen’s Video Dharma Talks, Passing on the Lamp Ceremony, Venerables Dharma Talks.

Tel: (416)855-0531
Location: 1025 McNicoll Ave, Toronto ON M1W 3W6


Texts: DDM Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom Day - Special Page
Translation: Elenda Huang
Editings: Chang, Chia-Cheng (張家誠)



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