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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.


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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.
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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.
A series of Dharma talks on the Sutra of Eight Realizations of Great Beings was presented by Venerable Guo Che in San Francisco from 14 January to 17 February, 2010.

When in the summer of 2009, two volunteers kindly donated twenty drums to Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver), Venerable Guo Shu, encouraged by the Director of DDM Vancouver, formed a drum-playing group - the Drum Team of DDM Vancouver.
Dharma Drum Mountain (Sydney) hosted a ceremony on the 21st February 2010 to mark the first anniversary of the passing of Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain.

On the afternoon of 6th February, 2010, more than two hundred people gathered at Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) to commemorate one year since Master Sheng Yen’s passing, and concurrently, for the celebration of the 2010 New Year.
On Sunday, November 15, 2009, DDRC resident monastic Chang Chi Fashi gave a talk entitled, “The Eightfold Path to Joyful Living.” Fashi's talk was based on the Eightfold Noble Path taught by the Buddha to “help people let go of suffering and embrace happiness.”
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