YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
On 28 October, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain Venerable Guo Dong was invited to the DDM Tallahassee Chan Center in Florida by Associate Professor Yu Yong-Fong from the Department of Religion at Florida State University, where he led the refuge-taking ceremony. Approximately 100 attendees were present to listen to the teachings of the Abbot President and about 40 of them took refuge to be disciples of the Three Jewels. Participants were almost all Americans, a testament to the universal nature of this splendid ceremony.
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.
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.