YEAR OF NEWS :
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Before ending their reconstruction assistance after the Haiti earthquake, from October 16th to 19th, DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) visited numerous principal rescue units such as local juvenile vocational schools, street schools and children hospitals. Forthright and sincere youth and children showed their passion with tooth exposed smiles to joyfully greet the volunteers from Taiwan who have been precious friends for them in this period.
On 14 November, 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) hosted the Refuge-Taking Ceremony, presided by the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong.
This was the first time I had ever been on retreat. I was very excited but also a little scared that I would find it too difficult. I had already indicated to our group leader that I wanted to take the three refuges so I was looking forward to that.
On the morning of 22 May, 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) celebrated the Vesak Festival with the bathing of the Buddha ceremony. Over 230 Buddhist followers from the great Vancouver metropolitan region attended the gathering.
What is Chan?
That became the theme for the retreat recently completed during the Easter long weekend at Camp Ku-Ring-Gai in Ebenezer, next to the Hawkesbury River and about 60 km from Sydney. The retreat started on Friday evening, 2 April and finished on Monday afternoon, 5 April 2010. A total of 18 participants and 5 volunteers attended the retreat.
On the afternoon of 21 February, 2010, the event titled 'Transmission of the Dharma Lamp', led by Venerable Chang Yan, was hosted at the practice center in Los Angles, United States of America.
On Sunday, February 21, 2010, CMC held a commemorative ceremony for Master Sheng Yen. The day started with greetings and blessings from Abbot President Guo Dong via Internet.
What is Chan meditation?
On 28 February, 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) in the hope of attracting more non-Chinese speakers to get to know Chan (Zen), offered a one-day program, “Living Chan”, led by the Abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York, Venerable Guo Xing.
Nothing is permanent, and that was what one could deduce immediately when we returned to BGF, on a second trip with Chang Wen Fashi, to live and share Dharma moments with BGF again.
The 'we' here refers to 3 of us from DDM: Chang Wen Fashi, Wen Wei, and me.
And what is least expected always turned out to be a surprise, and what a pleasant surprise this visit was, when one compared with our first maiden visit a few months back.
Dharma Drum Mountain in Malaysia held a three-day training program with the aim to cultivate more talents capable of managing study groups and guiding the members.
On Sunday, November 15, 2009, DDRC resident monastic Chang Chi Fashi gave a talk entitled, “The Eightfold Path to Joyful Living.” Fashi's talk was based on the Eightfold Noble Path taught by the Buddha to “help people let go of suffering and embrace happiness.”
Fashi introduced the talk by sharing calligraphy by Master Sheng Yen, “The Hu people from the West talk about the Eightfold Noble Path.” This pun can be interpreted as, * "The Hu people talk nonsense." . Through this play on words, Fashi referred to his own humble attempt to teach the Eightfold Noble Path without making it sound like gibberish.