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.
The theme for the 2007 Children Summer Camp was 'Moral Cultivation'. The camp was led by four experienced instructors from Taiwan.
On the night of June 8 2007, DDM Michigan launched its two-day camp at the Metteyya Buddha Village, the practice site for followers of DDM Michigan. This is the second year that DDM has hosted the touring family camp in the United States, with Michigan as the first stop. The camp activities were led by four of DDM's Venerables from Taiwan.
For the purpose of celebrating the 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain, 50 Buddhist organizations in Malaysia joined together for the first time to host the Buddhist Culture and Arts Festival, held from 6 to 10 June, 2007. The goals of the festival were to encourage the Malaysian public to further understand Buddhism, and to recognize the positive contributions of Buddhism in Malaysia towards humanity and world peace.
On 31 May 2007, at the invitation of the organising committee, the convenor of DDM Sydney represented Master Sheng Yen and attended the Australian Observance of the United Nations Day of Vesak with two other DDM members at the Sydney Town Hall.
On Tuesday, February 20, 2007 CMC resident Changwu Fashi was guest speaker in the noontime Lecture Series, “Dialogue of Religions, Protecting the Environment: Christian, Jewish, Muslim & Buddhist Perspectives” at the Catholic Newman Center, Queens College, New York. The series is an interfaith initiative sponsored by Campus Ministries of Queens College, the President’s Office, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, Catholic Newman Center, Newman Club, Queens College Hillel, and Ikaros Hellenic Orthodox Club. Students and clergy from the four faiths attended.
Accompanied by Dharma Drum Mountain’s followers, Venerable Guo Jian arrived in Chiang Rai of northern Thailand on 12 and 13 May 2007 to award scholarships to fifty-six students from disadvantaged families as a fulfillment of Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s inspirational compassion in supporting education for minority students.
On the evening of 31 March 2007, a fund-raising music concert was specially hosted by Dharma Drum Mountain in Malaysia.
On May 1, 2007, Guo Ming Fashi, abbot of the Chan Meditation Center, and resident nuns Guo Chian Fashi and Chang Wu Fashi were invited by the Global Peace Initiative of Women to attend a private reception for Venerable Tenzin Palmo in Manhattan.
Venerable Guo Qian specially arrived in Chicago from Dharma Drum Mountain’s Chan Meditation Center in New York to give the Dharma Talk on a topic of “A Spiritual Feast of Chan” from 25 to 27 May 2007.
Venerable Ji Cheng from Malaysia was invited to give a three-day dharma talk in Seattle from 12 to 14 April by DDM Seattle. Much wisdom of dharma was cultivated under the Venerable's inspirational guidance.