YEAR OF NEWS :
Monday, October 24, 2016
A beginner’s seven-day Chan retreat was held at the Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Malaysia, from September 9 to 18, with a participation of 59 practitioners. Impressed by the keenness of the retreatants, Ven. Chang Zao, guiding Dharma teacher of the retreat and director of Dharma Drum Buddhist Centre Malaysia, praised them for showing faith in Chan practice. Once again witnessing the incredible effect of the Chan teachings, the venerable observed that participants, by constantly practicing the method, had become more calm and stable, compared to their distractedness and confusion at the beginning of the retreat.
On May 9, 2014 the University of British Columbia (UBC) held a workshop at the Institute of Asian Research, C.K. Choi Building regarding "Buddhism and community care" (Buddhist Perspectives on the Work of Care). The topics discussed during this workshop were the ways in which Buddhist cultures, groups, and individuals, both monastic and lay practitioners, shape the provision of social care in East Asian settings. Apart from the scholars Professor Anne Bruce (UVic), Professor Jessica Main (UBC), Professor Andre Laliberte (UOttawa), Director of Dharma Drum Vancouver Center (DDVC), Venerable Chang Wu was also invited as a presenter to give a speech and took part in this important workshop that was full of insightful information and in-depth discussions.
On June 8th, 2014, (9:30-3:30pm) Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre hosted its first Gardening Meditation event. There were about 40 participants altogether ranging from teenagers to seniors in their seventies both males and females. We started the day with the Eight-form Moving Mediation guided by Venerable Chang Wu. It was a wonderful way to start the day as we were taught how to relax while moving, and how we should be mindful of our every movement. One participant shared that she got a lot out of this practice because the Venerable reminded everyone to exert the least amount of energy when doing the movements as well as acting in our daily life. She said that she have never heard that before and found it extremely useful.
On 24th May 2013, Dharma Drum Mountain in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) held a Dharma Assembly in celebration of Vesak Day, which was attended by more than two hundred people.
The Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, visited Malaysia from 11 to 17 July,2013 to offer care and blessings. The purpose of the visit was to advocate protecting the spiritual environment, simplifying funerals and proclaiming the vision of Master Sheng Yen and Dharma Drum Mountain.
Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver Center held Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance Dharma Service for repaying kindness on the Summer Lantern Festival starting from the afternoon on August 29th to September 1st, 2013. Venerable Guo Xing, Abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center and Chan Meditation Center in New York, presided the ceremony with four monastics’ assistance.
Venerable Guo Xing, Abbot of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center and the Chan Meditation Center in New York, graciously accepted an invitation from our Chan Meditation Community at 401, Burrard to give a presentation on the science behind meditation practice. Twenty-six of our colleagues from Environment Canada, CEAA and Fisheries and Oceans Canada gathered to enjoy his lunchtime presentation on Thursday, September 5.
Venerable Guo Fang gave a series of lectures on the Method of Pure Land at DDM Vancouver Center from September 24th to October 2nd. In spite of the wet and chilly climate in the evenings in early fall of Vancouver, the topic still attracted approximately fifty people to the lectures.
The DDM Buddhism Information Centre in Malaysia (DDMBICM) and Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) jointly hosted a two-day Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance Dharma Assembly on August 17th and 18th at Yuk Chai auditorium, Petaling Jaya, attended by approximately 500 audience and volunteers.
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.