YEAR OF NEWS :
Monday, April 18, 2016
“Chan” has become a fashionable word these days, as can be seen in expressions such as the “Chan of tea”, the “Chan of painting”, and the “Chan of reading”. To many people, “Chan” seems to signify freedom and spontaneity. However, are these activities really relevant to the essentials of Chan practice?
The director of both Dharma Drum Retreat Center and Chan Meditation Center in New York, Venerable Guo Xing, gave Dharma talks and presided over activities from 9-13 June, 2011, at the practice center of Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association in San Francisco (DDMBASF).
The Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, paid his first visit to DDM’s Ontario Branch Office in Canada on 18 May 2011.
On 15 April, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) in United States of America hosted a 3-day Chan camp. This was the third 360-Degree Chan Camp DDMBA hosted in San Francisco, for which a total of 18 students attended.
On May 14, 2011, Vesak Day was celebrated in Hornsby Mall. The event was organised by Venerable Ban Ruo, a Sydney-based Chan Buddhist monk, who has been the Buddhist chaplain in the NSW Police for five years.
Dharma Drum Mountain in Singapore held a three-day Dharma Assembly from 14 to 16 April, 2011. Approximately 200 people attended to practice and enjoy the Dharma.
Group 7 is an international group with 2 members from England, 1 from USA, 1 from Australia, 2 from Malaysia, 1 from Singapore and 1 fashi. Some members attended the first session of the 14-Day Retreat from 14 – 21 March 2011 and some members stayed on to attend the full retreat. At the end of the retreat all participants were divided into groups to share their experience at the retreat.
On 2 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) hosted a three-day Dharma assembly to celebrate the New Year. The assembly saw over 400 devout Buddhists from around the Vancouver area converging to participate in the chanting of Buddhist scriptures over the three days.
On the afternoon of 29 January 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) specially hosted a hot-pot party for volunteers in celebration for the new year. Approximately 300 volunteers living in the Vancouver metropolitan area attended.
On 3 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain in Thailand (DDM Thailand) held a New Year Prayer Blessing Ceremony, for which more than one hundred devoted followers living in Bangkok attended to offer their blessings for the new year 2011.
The event ‘Transmitting the Light of Wisdom and Compassion’ held in memory of Master Sheng Yen at DDM Sydney’s new practice centre in Hornsby on 13 February 2011 marked the beginning of a new chapter.