YEAR OF NEWS :
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mainland China is experiencing a dramatic revival of temple and monastic space. This has been heavily influenced by two factors: the powerful regulation of the state, and a national focus on economic development and the expansion of a market economy. These factors are not always in harmony with the interests of those within the walls of the monastery, who are trying to restore monastic Buddhism.
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.
On Sunday, March 29, 2009, Dr. Rikki Asher gave a talk entitled, "What's a Mudra? Understanding Buddhist Art" at CMC.
On January 25, 2009, CMC celebrated New Year's Eve with a talk by the Most Venerable Master Ren Jun, who presented the following poem.
Dharma Drum for Young People (DDYP) hosted a 3-Day Retreat for College Students on April 17 through 19, 2009 at Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, NY. 27 participants from Columbia University, MIT, Penn State University and other colleges, as well as young professionals attended the retreat. Chang Wen Fashi, the current resident teacher at DDRC, and Chang Yu Fashi from Chan Meditation Center, led the retreat.
Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) hosted outdoor Chan activities at the renowned national park, Buki Jalil, on 8th of March 2009. Fifty participants took part in this inspirational event.
Are Eating and Sleeping Considered to be Supernatural Powers?
One of Master Sheng-Yen's dharma heirs, Gilbert Gutierrez, visited Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association San Francisco Chapter (DDM San Francisco) on March 14th and 15th. DDM San Francisco hosted a series of meditation and Buddhism lecture events to spread the Dharma and to let more Westerns get acquainted with Dharma Drum Mountain.
~~The Physical Body Creates Bad Karma. Does the Dharma Body Suffer?
On Sunday, March 15, 2009, Venerable Guo Xing gave a talk entitled "How to Avoid Karma: The Physical Body Creates Bad Karma. Does the Dharma Body Suffer?"
On Friday, March 6, 2009, CMC presented a screening of Into the Wild as part of Movies and Mind, where films are viewed and discussed from a Buddhist perspective. After the movie, a discussion was led by Lindley Hanlon, professor of Film Studies at Brooklyn College.