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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
In this lecture, Dr. Jessica Main addressed the state of contemporary Buddhism in Japan and compared her views with other scholars who have written books on this subject.

Presently, three sects of Buddhism exist in Japan – Zen, Pureland and Lotus School of Buddhism.
These sects are structured with a few head temples, each having a network branching in smaller temples. The temples in the lower hierarchy pay up to the head temples which in turn, organize resources for their temples downstream. In recent years, this network has atrophied and Buddhism is currently in a state of crisis in Japan.


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On the evening of 12 July 2009, the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong arrived at the Town Hall of Downtown Flushing in New York to make a public speech entitled "The Dignity of One's Life". It attracted nearly three hundred people.

The Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, initiated the 2009 Dharma Tour in Northern America on 1 July 2009. He gave out warmest blessings on their first stop in Vancouver on behalf of the DDM Sangha Community.


On Sunday, June 14, 2009, Dr. Jimmy Yu (Guo Gu) gave a two-part talk on the topic of "The Origin and Uniqueness of the Dharma Drum Order of Chan" at CMC.
On Sunday, May 25, 2009, Venerable Chang Hwa gave a talk entitled, "The Philosophy of Leadership in the Lotus Sutra" at CMC.

On Sunday, June 7, 2009, Venerable Guo Ru gave a talk entitled, "Spiritual Growth Amidst the Difficulties of Daily Life" at CMC.


On 22 May 2009, Vice Provost of Chan Practice Center, Venerable Guo Yuan and Venerable Chang Qin of the Lamp Transmission Department commenced their 10-day Dharma tour in Malaysia.

On April 19, 2009, Venerable Chang Hwa, Director of CMC, gave a talk entitled "Educational Views in the Lotus Sutra".

On Friday, June 5, 2009, Venerable Guo Ru, first disciple of Master Sheng Yen, gave a lecture at CMC entitled, "Huatou Chan Meditation: The Way of the Ancestor Masters".
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.

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