YEAR OF NEWS :
Friday, February 14, 2014
The Venerable Guo Xing, Abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center and Chan Meditation Center in New York, gave a follow-up presentation hosted by the Chan meditation community of practice at the Douglas Jung Building on “Attention with and without Duality” on January 23, 2014 to approximately three dozen Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada colleagues. Venerable Chang Wu, Director of the Dharma Drum Mountain Centre in Richmond, started the session by leading participants in a brief seated meditation body scan, from head to toe, to relax our bodies, which helped to relax our minds in advance of Venerable Guo Xing’s presentation. She reminded us that we can do the seated meditation almost anywhere at any time and immediately experience the calming benefits that it brings to our bodies and our minds, and encouraged us to do so more often.
This year, Buddha’s birthday May 12th happened to fall on the second Sunday of May, which was Mother’s Day. Chan Meditation Center held a series of events to celebrate this special day.
DDM 6th Transmission of the Bodhisattva Precepts concluded at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York on May 19, 2013.
On the morning of 2 June 2013, Venerable Guo Dong, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, gave a Dharma Lecture on “Realize Freedom of Mind”, which was followed by a Refuge Taking ceremony at Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver Center. Four hundred people, including volunteers, attended this significant yearly event.
Our Mind has a habit of clinging, clinging to the past, to the future,
to things that we own, to things that we want, to our own ideas, to people, to our own thoughts and our feelings, to the idea of a Self.
Immediately after the disastrous Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern states of United States on October 29th, 2012, DDMBA North America Charitable Foundation initiated caring efforts through fund-raising activity.
For the event this year, the weather was very auspicious, a sunny Sunday morning in upper North Shore, Sydney. Family and friends gathered for this special event, numbers doubled from last year with about 30 people in attendance.
Has it been four years already since Master Sheng Yen (Shifu) crossed over to the other shore? Yes, it has, but only if one stops to think about it, for his daily presence is still strongly felt by all those who have benefitted from his compassion and wisdom. For such people, Shifu is still with us.
On the evening of 25 December 2012, Venerable Chang Yi and Venerable Chang Yao of the DDM Sangha arrived at DDM Singapore to share their ideas about the Dharma, Chan meditation, and to lead devotees in Chan practice.
During 15-18 November 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong visited the DDM Hong Kong branch and presided over the inauguration of the new Buddha Hall of DDM Hong Kong on 18 November.
On the evening of 19 December 2012, Venerable Chang Yuan of the DDM Sangha came to DDM Singapore to give a Dharma talk titled ‘Amazing Chan’. More than 50 devotees attended for the joyous Chan event.