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.
A weekend retreat was held by the Sydney DDM meditation group in the Lower Blue Mountains from 15 - 16 December 2007. To cater for both experienced meditators and newcomers, a mixture of activities was included to assist newcomers to gradually transition to serious sittings. The program incorporated a singing meditation and a video for group discussion on the application of Buddhist concepts in dealing with relationships in daily living. Apart from walking meditation, sitting meditation and tea meditation was also part of the day's program.
On the evening of 9 November 2007, Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia hosted a fundraising dinner party to fund the construction of a permanent DDM Centre in Malaysia. The Abbot President of DDM from Taiwan, Venerable Guo Dong, was present to deliver the personal, warm blessings from Venerable Master Sheng Yen. DDM's Venerable Guo Qi and Venerable Chang Chi were also present.
On the afternoon of 10 November, 2007 over thirty disciples of Dharma Drum Mountain in Singapore gathered at Changi Airport to welcome the arrival of Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, as well as Venerable Guo Qi, Venerable Chang Chi and Vice President of General Association of Dharma Upholders, Mr Chow Wenjin.
Despite the airport in Taiwan being closed several times on 6 October 2007 due to the ravaging attack of Typhoon Krosa, Venerable Guo Qi together with Mr and Mrs Rong, vice-president of the Association of DDM Dharma Upholder, still arrived in Hong Kong early and safely for the special event. The significance of this event was shown by their support.
Dharma Drum Mountain's branch office in Vancouver, Canada celebrated the center's first anniversary since establishment in September 2006. To celebrate this wonderful occasion, DDM Vancouver prepared a number of activities from 25 August to 16 September, 2007, such as the Samadhi Water Repentance Assembly, the Ksitigarbha (Di Zhuang) Assembly, the Seven-Day Chan Retreat, a talk on the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan School and a Garden Party. Altogether over a thousand DDM followers in Vancouver gathered to celebrate the event.
On 25 August 2007, a group of youths from the Buddhist Society of National University Singapore sat in the sombre Chan Hall and quietly chewed raisins with a one-minded approach for Chan (Zen) practice.
On the night of Friday 21st September, 2007 Sydney Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association was invited to participate in an interfaith devotional service for the United Nations International Day of Peace at Community of Christ Church in Kingsgrove North. Other religions represented were the Christian, Hindu, Islamic and the Baha'I's faith.
The year 2007 could be regarded as the "fundraising campaign year" for the Chan Meditation Center. Following the success of the event "Singing with Peace, Dancing with Gratitude" on 31 March 2007, further fundraising activities were held by DDM Malaysia to raise money for the Center.
Dharma Drum Mountain Sangha delegation warmly gave their blessings to the world, and especially to the people of Malaysia, at the Guanyin World Peace & Harmony Puja hosted in Malaysia from 30 July to 6 August 2007.
Venerable Guo Dong, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, arrived in San Francisco in the afternoon of 12 July, to deliver Dharma talks over three days as part of his tour of the United States.