YEAR OF NEWS :
Thursday, May 21, 2015
At 10 a.m. on May 17th (North America time zone), the DDM Chan Meditation Center (CMC) in New York held a Buddha Bathing Ceremony, in which DDM abbot president Ven. Guo Dong was invited to give a Dharma talk on “cherishing the conditions, creating positive connection.” Afterwards, he gave a much-expected book signing of his recently-launched book, Forgive and Let Go, to Form and Live in Favorable Conditions, creating a sense of festival filled with joy in the Dharma.
On October 12, during the Sunday Open House, Venerable Guo Chuan started an 8 week series of dharma talks on the Lotus Sutra.
On Sunday, October 19, 2008, Venerable Guo Chuan continued her talk on the Lotus Sutra as part of the 8-week lecture series. She provided a brief overview of the various Buddhist schools of thought and the meaning of the sutra's title.
Dharma Drum Mountain in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) hosted the Moonlight Festival on 10 September 2008, its last event before relocation.
On Friday, October 17, 2008, CMC held a screening of How to Cook Your Life, the first of three movies to be shown in this fall's series of "Movies and Mind", where people can learn about buddhadharma through cinema and discussions. The documentary stars Edward Espe Brown, a long-time chef, Zen practitioner and student of Suzuki Roshi.
On Sunday, September 28, 2008, Bill Wright gave a lecture on "The Three Seals" at CMC. Currently a dharma teacher in training, he is a long-term follower of Master Sheng Yen, and teaches workshops on "Dharma 10" and the "Four Noble Truths". The Three Seals are the subject of the Buddha's second sermon after attaining enlightenment.
On September 20, about twenty people from CMC went to the beach at Jacob Riis Park in Jamaica Bay, Queens to practice walking meditation. Chang Wen Fashi guided a meditation walk along the water and direct contemplation practice.
During the August and September months, DDM Sydney ran for the first time, a unique meditation course titled 'Buddhist Meditation Course 101' led by Venerable Guo Jun. This course was a series of four 3-hour lessons designed for beginners interested in learning meditation.
The Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival held at the Chan Meditation Center in New York on September 13 was described as an event where participants can "appreciate the moon with a Chan mind". Approximately 120 people, including resident monks and nuns of DDRC and CMC, and several monastics , including the Abbess of Grace Gratitude Temple, Venerable Jing Yi, and monastics from Pu Jou Temple attended this event.
On the night of 13 September 2008, the Chan Meditation Center of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) in New York celebrated the Chinese tradition of the Full Moon Festival. There were about 120 people present at the event, including Venerable Jinyi, Venerable Chuanhui, Venerable Mingkuan from the Fo En Monastery and Venerable Zhilung from the Pu Zhao Monastery.
On September 6, 2008, over 60 people attended a talk given by Nancy Bonardi about metta or lovingkindness practice during Sunday's Open House at the Chan Meditation Center.