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When Buddhism first appeared in India, there were no specific dietary customs and rules for practitioners. Since religious practices were prevalent in India, most people of faith must have followed generally similar dietary customs. In the early stage of Buddhism, bhikshus and bhikshunis obtained their food by walking door to door through the village, carrying an alms bowl. This manner of subsisting is described by the saying “an alms bowl for food from a thousand households.” To treat everyone equally and to seize opportunities to cultivate karmic relations, the monastics did not choose from whom to receive food; neither were there dietary taboos over whether the food was clean or unclean, sacred or not sacred.
Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, passed away in February 2009, hence the loss of a most revered spiritual mentor for Taiwan’s society. The Master’s funeral served as his final teaching by example and a valuable Dharma lesson for the public, on the meaning of life and death.
At the invitation of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts(DILA) Associate Professor Yang Pei (楊蓓) in DILA lectured on “Chan Practices and Satir’s Theory of Self-Congruence: The Dialogue between Ten Ox Herding Pictures and the Iceberg Theory” on Dec 4, 2018. Nearly 80 participants attended this lecture.

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