YEAR OF NEWS :
Monday, August 31, 2015
I have a habit of reflecting on my behaviour and speech, especially when I feel what I did and said may have hurt others. Most of the times, I could find out my mistakes and I would not feel good, because my heart was full of regret and self criticism.
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.
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.