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Friday, March 27, 2015
“Leave all previous instructions and experiences outside the Chan Hall” with these words the Retreat Master, Venerable Chang Hui, encouraged the retreatants to come to the retreat with a fresh and open mind uncluttered by what we have heard or experienced before. I began the 7-day retreat with the mind of a newly born baby, at least I tried to do so. This will be my fourth Huatou retreat and I was looking forward to enhance my practice, which often felt a bit disorganized. Sometimes I yearned for the simplicity and linear approach of observing one’s breath. But I was determined to stay with Huatou despite my difficulties.
3 May (Sat)
* Burma ravaged by cyclone
On 3 May (Sat), Burma was hit by the tropical cyclone Nargis, with the Irrawaddy Delta being the most hard-hit area.
Time: April 2008
I'm writing this report as I wait on my 9pm flight which was switched to 7:15pm, only to be delayed indefinitely. The seven day Ch'an retreat at Dharma Drum SanYi DIY Centre has been a very fruitful experience. Due to the variety of experiences I will categorize them for easier reading.
Sydney DDM held a 4 and 7 day retreat at Karuna Sanctuary, 3 kilometres west of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains area, approximately two hours drive west of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
With a deep bow and joined palms we conveyed the blessings on behalf of Venerable Master Sheng Yen and Venerable Guo Dong, the Founder and Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) respectively, to victims of the severe snowstorms that ravaged the southern provinces of mainland China. We handed a bag of relief supplies, worth approximately RMB$100, to the victims as our demonstration of empathy toward their hardship and sufferings in these difficult times.
The Ganges-Brahmaputra river system in Bangladesh is the largest river delta in the world, and most of the country has been formed over the river system's sediment plain. This unique geographic feature is prone to regular flooding, making life, especially for poor people, susceptible to the effects of natural disasters.
"Congratulations! You have experienced the true compassion" said Ven. Guo Lu. "I believe your understanding about compassion came from others' talks or from books, is it so?"
Dharma Drum Young Buddhist Society Singapore (DDYBS Singapore) held their first outdoor event at the internationally recognized Resort Sentosa on 23 September 2007, after long and thorough planning.
My first impression of the 12 youngsters from Taiwan on their two-week visit to DDM Malaysia was that they looked like any youngsters one might meet in Malaysia- dynamic, talkative and full of life.
In search for the truth about human nature, Mr. Zarko Andricevicitenary and Mr. Djordje Cvijic from Croatia began looking for answers from Eastern philosophy. Their spiritual exploration led them to the discovery of Buddhism which to them serves the best spiritual cure. Mr. Zarko Andricevicitenary and Mr. Djordje Cvijic became devoted Buddhists soon after and initiated the movement to spread the Dharma seed in the Republic of Croatia.
It has already been a month since arriving in Sri Lanka. It is a lot harder to maintain the commitment than I initially thought. The Eight-Form Moving Meditation has become my sole daily exercise and the game of counting stars in the sky has also become my exclusive interest. I always fall asleep in the midst of insect sounds to be waken up by singing birds. I really want to say with the rising sun, "Good Morning! Sri Lanka."