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Monday, October 24, 2016
A beginner’s seven-day Chan retreat was held at the Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Malaysia, from September 9 to 18, with a participation of 59 practitioners. Impressed by the keenness of the retreatants, Ven. Chang Zao, guiding Dharma teacher of the retreat and director of Dharma Drum Buddhist Centre Malaysia, praised them for showing faith in Chan practice. Once again witnessing the incredible effect of the Chan teachings, the venerable observed that participants, by constantly practicing the method, had become more calm and stable, compared to their distractedness and confusion at the beginning of the retreat.

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To recreate the joy of last year’s gathering, Ven. Chang Zao (常藻) was once again invited to lead this year’s eighteenth National Dharma Teacher’s workshop. The topic of this year’s workshop was, “the more you teach, the more you feel at peace.” It was held in chief by the Taiping Buddhist Center, in cooperation with Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia. More than fifty dharma teachers along with a number of college students participated in this activity, which lasted from May 30th to June 3rd and was held in the Taiping Buddhist Center.
(May the merit, virtue and wisdom gained from bathing the Tathagata release all sentient beings in the Five Turbidities from defilements and aspire the pure Dharma-body of the Tathagata)
On April 24, 2016 Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia organized a “Stressed but not Depressed” workshop. Over 80 participants joined the workshop led by Ven. Chang Zao (常藻), the Centre’s director.
On May 1, the first One Day Amitabha Buddha’s Recitation Retreat was held at a Dharma Drum Mountain branch in Malaysia in conjunction with observing Eightfold Precepts. This retreat was attended by seventy devotees who cleared their busy schedules in order to train their mind and body.
Guanyin (Avalokitesvara) Bodhisattva universally saves and delivers all sentient beings. Commonly known for his compassion in hearing the calls for help and releasing people’s suffering by coming to their rescue in various manifestations, the Bodhisattva has been revered and worshiped since ancient times, especially by Chinese people, as the Goddess of Mercy, whom they can rely on and seek comfort from.
Despite its ancient origins, the practice of mindfulness and Chan meditation has been quite the trend lately. With all this buzz, maybe you've found yourself wondering what exactly Chan is? One recent Dharma Drum retreat answered just that for a group of Chan practictioners in Malaysia.
“Chan” has become a fashionable word these days, as can be seen in expressions such as the “Chan of tea”, the “Chan of painting”, and the “Chan of reading”. To many people, “Chan” seems to signify freedom and spontaneity. However, are these activities really relevant to the essentials of Chan practice?
Dharma Drum Mountain Fellowship Singapore held a two-day basic meditation class on February 21, 2016, with 52 participants guided by several senior practitioners who had passed DDM’s meditation teachers training program. Starting at 9:30 a.m. the course began with an introduction to the structure of Chan practice and functions of meditation, including explanations on various meditation postures, how to experience relaxation, count the breath, do the Eight-form Moving Meditation, and practice walking meditation, as well as apply Chan teachings in daily life. Participants were all keen to learn and enthusiastic to interact with their senior instructors.
A single lamp can dispel the thousand-year-old darkness instantly.
Offering light to the Buddha helps develop our wisdom infinitely.
Lighting lamps in front of the Buddha signifies inviting the light of wisdom radiated by the Buddha to illuminate sentient beings’ afflictive ignorance. On February 21, the day before the Lantern Festival, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia held a Dharma assembly to avail more devotees the opportunity to light a lamp before the Buddha’s statue.
It is long past the time for the phenomenon of global warming to be merely a subject of scientific research or an abstract notion in the minds of the general public. For a number of years we have been witnessing serious climate changes caused by this phenomenon, which have adversely influenced the lives of an increasing number of inhabitants. Almost daily reports on worrisome climate occurrences from different parts of world have silenced even the greatest of skeptics on the connection of human activities and climate disruption. It seems that the global level of awareness has finally reached critical level - it is high time to pass a global agreement strengthened by detailed measures that are legally binding for all the countries.
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