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.
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.
On the afternoon of 2 December 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) conducted the 7-day Water and Land Dharma Service, which was attended by over a hundred devotees, nurturing their Dharma wisdom and cultivating compassion.
On the evening of 30 September, 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain in Chicago (DDM Chicago) attended the Northwest Interfaith Friends’ event, where volunteers from DDM Chicago introduced the ideas and teachings of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, as well as an introduction and information on Buddhism and Buddhist practices.
Dharma Drum Mountain in San Francisco (DDM SF) invited Mr. Fu-Yuan Lin to give a lecture on Workplace Ethics for social harmony – one of the Six Ethics of the Mind, a concept that was actively advocated by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of DDM – in the afternoon of 8 September, 2012.