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Special issue in English marks the 70th anniversary of Humanity Magazine.

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the Humanity Magazine. Looking back on 1949 when it was founded, what we face right now is yet another dramatically changing world. After the publication of "Awaken in the Global Buddhist Community," the 70th anniversary issue, Humanity went on to publish "Global Buddhist Awakening," an English special edition covering four major topics, including Coping with Tumultuous Change, Buddhist Culture on Sharing Wisdom, Chan Comes West and Global Buddhist Community. It is hoped that the development and opportunities of Buddhism in modern world could be well documented.

To provide local practitioners with the compassion and wisdom of Buddhadharma, a symposium was held by Humanity in June 2018. Content presented in this special edition includes the full text of the two keynote speeches and the panels delivered at that symposium. Speakers from various traditions include Jakusho Kwong Roshi, founder of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center; Rev. Meian Elbert, Abbess of Shasta Abbey; Ven. Chi Chern, Abbot of Pu Zhao Monastery in Malaysia; Ven. Phap Kham, Executive Director of the Plum Village Foundation Hong Kong; Ven. Guo Huei, DDM Abbot President; Daniel Aitken, CEO of Wisdom Publications and Sam Mowe, Associate Publisher of Tricycle.





This special edition also contains articles by late Master Sheng Yen's western Dharma heirs, including Simon Child, Gilbert Gutierrez, Max Kalin, Karmen Mihalinec, disclosing many interesting stories between them and the late Master and how they contribute to the propagation of Chinese Chan Buddhism in the West. It also contains an interview with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi in which he talked about his reflection on the oppression from social institutions on human beings and how he turned from a traditional monk to a social advocate. Also Ven. Bhikkhuni Dhammadinna shared the story of how she switched from learning dancing to studying Buddhism, and to eventually becoming a female Buddhist monastic.

It has been so well received since its publication that both Chan Magazine from Chan Meditation Center in New York and Tricycle contacted Humanity for permission to publish articles contained in this special edition. When the western Dharma heirs came back last June to attend the forum "The Development of Chan Buddhism in Contemporary Era," they also found its significance and brought it back to share with Buddhists at their hometown. They truly hope that DDM could keep publishing English periodicals or books in the future so that more windows on Chinese Buddhism could be available to English practitioners, fostering a deeper connection between Buddhists from the West and the East.

Texts / Photos: Dharma Drum Monthly
Translation: Chang, Cheng-Yu (張振郁)
Editing: DDM Editorial Team; John Wu (吳俊宏)






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