YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
In this lecture, Dr. Jessica Main addressed the state of contemporary Buddhism in Japan and compared her views with other scholars who have written books on this subject.
Presently, three sects of Buddhism exist in Japan – Zen, Pureland and Lotus School of Buddhism.
These sects are structured with a few head temples, each having a network branching in smaller temples. The temples in the lower hierarchy pay up to the head temples which in turn, organize resources for their temples downstream. In recent years, this network has atrophied and Buddhism is currently in a state of crisis in Japan.
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.
Over the Moon Festival period, DDM hosted a 3-Day Retreat led by Venerable Changxu from 28 September to 1 October 2012 at the Elanora Conference Centre.
Dharma Drum Mountain in Thailand (DDM Thailand) held a Dharma Service with a recitation of the Earth Store Sutra in the Grand Buddha Hall on 15 September 2012.