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.
On 15 April, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) in United States of America hosted a 3-day Chan camp. This was the third 360-Degree Chan Camp DDMBA hosted in San Francisco, for which a total of 18 students attended.
On May 14, 2011, Vesak Day was celebrated in Hornsby Mall. The event was organised by Venerable Ban Ruo, a Sydney-based Chan Buddhist monk, who has been the Buddhist chaplain in the NSW Police for five years.
Dharma Drum Mountain in Singapore held a three-day Dharma Assembly from 14 to 16 April, 2011. Approximately 200 people attended to practice and enjoy the Dharma.
Group 7 is an international group with 2 members from England, 1 from USA, 1 from Australia, 2 from Malaysia, 1 from Singapore and 1 fashi. Some members attended the first session of the 14-Day Retreat from 14 – 21 March 2011 and some members stayed on to attend the full retreat. At the end of the retreat all participants were divided into groups to share their experience at the retreat.
On 2 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) hosted a three-day Dharma assembly to celebrate the New Year. The assembly saw over 400 devout Buddhists from around the Vancouver area converging to participate in the chanting of Buddhist scriptures over the three days.
On the afternoon of 29 January 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) specially hosted a hot-pot party for volunteers in celebration for the new year. Approximately 300 volunteers living in the Vancouver metropolitan area attended.
On 3 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain in Thailand (DDM Thailand) held a New Year Prayer Blessing Ceremony, for which more than one hundred devoted followers living in Bangkok attended to offer their blessings for the new year 2011.
The event ‘Transmitting the Light of Wisdom and Compassion’ held in memory of Master Sheng Yen at DDM Sydney’s new practice centre in Hornsby on 13 February 2011 marked the beginning of a new chapter.
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) in Northern America hosted the ‘2010 Dharma Meeting in North America, DDMBA’ at Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York from 29 to 30 October, 2010.
What is Chan meditation?
On 28 February, 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) in the hope of attracting more non-Chinese speakers to get to know Chan (Zen), offered a one-day program, “Living Chan”, led by the Abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York, Venerable Guo Xing.