YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Richmond - On Saturday, February 21st, Dharma Drum Vancouver Center (DDVC) hosted the inaugural Chinese New Year Festival – Chan Culture Open House and welcomed everyone to come and celebrate the most important Chinese holiday. The entire event was carried out in English. It was hoped that Canadians from diverse backgrounds would take advantage of this opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and Chan teachings and be able to incorporate the teachings into their everyday life.
On Sunday, May 31, 2009, Venerable Chang Ji gave a talk entitled, "Your Planet Needs You: UNite to Combat Global Warming" at CMC. The talk was based on Venerable’s attendance of a recent conference at the UN with the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and focused on the issue of climate change.
On Sunday, May 3, 2009, the Most Venerable Master Ren Jun gave a talk at CMC to commemorate the Buddha's Birthday. Before the talk, ten children greeted the Most Venerable Master with ceremonial bows and flowers.
On Sunday, May 17, 2009, Venerable Guo Xing, Abbot of CMC and Dharm Drum Retreat Center gave a talk entitled, "How Do You See People?"
On Friday, May 1, 2009, CMC presented "The Truman Show" as part of Movies and Mind, where films are screened and discussed from a Buddhist perspective. Truman (or "True-Man"), the protagonist, is living in a reality television show, complete with placement ads, and is the only person who doesn't realize it.
On Friday, April 3, 2009, CMC presented "Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East" as part of "Movies and Mind", where films are screened and discussed from a Buddhist perspective.
On 9 May 2009, DDM Sydney hosted the Vesak celebration at the DDM Sydney Chan Hall at Campsie. Thirteen participants gathered together to celebrate the Birth of the Buddha.
On three consecutive Saturdays, March 7, 14, and 21, 2009, Dr. David Slaymaker taught a class on introductory concepts in Buddhism, titled, "Dharma 101: The Four Noble Truths" at CMC. The class was based on Master Sheng Yen’s booklet, "Setting in Motion the Dharma Wheel". Dr. Slaymaker used an interactive and experiential approach to teaching this subject.
Over the 2009 Easter break, DDM Sydney held its first combined ４ and ７ day retreat for the year.
On Sunday, March 1, 2009, Harry Miller, who studied with Master Sheng Yen for over 30 years, gave a talk at CMC entitled, "Living the Heart Sutra: What's an Ordinary Sentient Being to Do?" Handouts on the structure of the Heart Sutra, a literal translation of the sutra based on the Chinese, and a commonly known version of the sutra were distributed to the audience.
On Sunday, April 12, 2009, Bill Wright gave a dharma talk entitled, "Bodhidharma and the Spirit of Chan", based on the booklet, "In the Spirit of Chan" written by Master Sheng Yen. This booklet is a summary of the origins of Chan and Chan theory and practice based primarily on the teachings of Bodhidharma.