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 Melbourne Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) Melbourne Branch was invited by Stockland Shopping Centre to join them for the oriental promotion programme at the centre in October 2006.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Dharma Drum Mountain in Seattle, Venerable Guo Shu, Prior of DDM in Vancouver, led a series of activities from 4 to 5 November 2006, inviting people to cleanse their hearts and purify their minds.
Melbourne Five Days Retreat was held in Dharma Drum Mountain Meditation Hall in Templestowe from 8 to 13 December 2006. This retreat was led by experienced Chan Masters, Guo Yuan and Chang Wen Fashis. There were only 20 lucky people attending this Retreat due to space limitation.
Many visiting Fashi's were duly impressed by the DDM facility in Melbourne. It has a huge backyard with far reaching view of the surrounding area. The building has an entrance hall, which serves as the meeting room and library. There are dormitory beds for participants in lived-in retreats. Melbourne members are blessed to enjoy such facility in their pursue of the DDM visions and personal realisation.
On September 17, 18 and 19, three separate classes of 16 students each and teachers from Voyages Preparatory High School visited the Chan Meditation Center in New York to learn about Chan Buddhism and meditation. The teacher led the students in his classes on readings of the novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and wished to bring his classes to the Center as a part of their study of the book.
The most important day on any Buddhist's calendar - Vesak Day (Birth of the Buddha), is here again! To honor the King of Thailand's eightieth birthday this year, the Thai Government combined the two occasions for an expanded program of celebration from 26 to 29 May 2007.
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) hosted a successful fundraising banquet at New York La Gardia Airport Marriot Hotel on 19 May 2007 to help finance the relocation of DDM New York Chan Meditation Center.
---Over one hundred and thirty people received the bodhisattva precepts to purify themselves with Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
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.