Editor Notes
Gilbert Gutierrez, an attorney in U.S., also a seeker all his life, studied various martial arts and mind arts but couldn’t be satisfied until encountering with Master Sheng Yen.

He received Master’s teachings as well as Dharma transmission and started to propagate Chan Buddhism to the West ever since he became one of the Dharma Heirs of Master Sheng Yen.

How did he make all these possible?


In 1997, Master Sheng Yen led the first Chan retreat in Croatia at the invitation of Zarko Andricevic, founder of Dharmaloka. By following the Master’s footsteps, Zarko started to regularly guide Chan practice in Europe and American, as well as take part in cross-religion dialogues, ever since becoming a Dharma heir of the Master in 2001. After many years of collective efforts, they finally bought the land and built the Dharma practice center, a Buddhist community in Europe focusing on Chan Practice. Now Andricevic is sharing how all this was made possible as follows.
Learning Chan methods and propagating the teachings of the dharma

Rebecca Li, a disciple of the late Master Sheng Yen, learnt Chan Practices from Master Sheng Yen in the US and served as a translator for the Master in many international conferences. Initially skeptical of Buddhism, she is now devoted to the practice of the Path of the Bodhisattva and to the propagation of Chan Buddhism. What causes this change? Below is her story:

I have heard a Ch'an aphorism which goes something like this: "The practice is important, but the view of practice is even more important." This seems to contradict everything I have ever heard about Ch'an. Ch'an says to drop the ego and subjective views. Any view I can possibly have must be subjective and therefore a distortion of the truth. It becomes yet another obstruction.

Also, isn't an experience an experience, regardless of what the person practices or believes in? If the ego goes away, the ego goes away. What does it matter if the person is an atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, or anything else? If you say that only Buddhists can have experiences where the ego drops, isn't this elitist?

On May 11, one day prior to Mother’s day, nearly 30 participants from Asia, Europe, America, and Taiwan gathered together at Yun Lai Monastery (雲來寺) in the Beitou District of Taipei to experience a unique one-day retreat in English led by Venerable Chang Ji (常寂法師) and Venerable Yan Wu (演無法師).
On May 12 Mother’s Day, which happened to be also Buddha’s Birthday on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month, DDM held a “Family Day – Protecting the Spiritual Environment” event at National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, introducing to the general public the Chan methods and the modest simple way of life as Buddha had espoused. More than 30 activities were provided for people to experience a simpler lifestyle as well as arousing blissful enjoyment in Chan. The activities included bathing the Buddha statue, sounding the Lotus Bell, making eco-friendly handcrafts, experiencing living Chan, as well as relaxation exercises.
At the invitation of Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Elaine Yuen, Professor from Naropa University, gave a lecture on March 20 and 27 respectively, in which she shared how Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at Naropa University is carried out, and the talk titled ”Harm from Ethical Contribution and Self-compassion” also shed light upon mental burdens that chaplains often face with.
Cultivating Talents for Chinese Chan Buddhism: Near one thousand practitioners experienced the methods of Huatou and Silent Illumination in-depth
May 12, 2019
The 8th day of the fourth lunar month
The Buddha's birthday
Have you bathed the Buddha statue yet?

Please calm your mind
Commemorate the Buddha
Be grateful to our parents
Be grateful to every person and everything we encounter
Then, make a good wish!

On the Buddha's birthday,
make a good wish for the world.
“A kind donation of desks from DDM; an enhancement of learning for the students at Pingxi Elementary School in New Taipei City”

Designed to be a blessed and happy surprise for the schoolchildren, the donation ceremony of these desks was arranged to occur before the Children’s Day, at 10:00AM April 2 at the Yangshan Pavilion in Pingxi Elementary School. The students were overjoyed when they saw the bookshelves and the desk lamps with built-in devices to protect their eyes. Coinciding with the International Children’s Book Day, these donations will remain forever in these children’s hearts.
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