Audrey Kitagawa (奧黛麗.北川), chair of the Programmatic Areas Standing Committee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the oldest interfaith organization, together with three other representatives, came from New York to visit the Dharma Drum Mountain complex on Oct 7 for a special report, in particular about DDM’s vision. At the interview, DDM Abbot President Ven. Guo Huei (果暉法師) gave her Master Sheng Yen’s works as a gift. Kitagawa also organized a panel discussion with DDM’s representatives Ven. Guo Chan (果禪法師), Ven. Chang Shen (常諗法師) and Prof. Deng Wei Jen (鄧偉仁), Director of the Department of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, on the hotly debated issues surrounding climate change, ethnic harmony and social justice.

Starting with the Mind as the Ultimate Solution

To advocate the attitude of gratitude to the earth and respect for all life species, DDM held the first Spiritual Environmentalism on the Regeneration of Agriculture in the Era of Climate Change conference at Chang Yung-Fa Foundation Evergreen International Convention Center on October 26 and 27.

The Awakening Camp aims to let participants experience the monastic life, including self awareness in Buddhism, Buddhist chanting, noble deeds of eminent monks, Buddhist precepts, meditation practice, work practice, etc. Through this experience, it helps them to realize the meaning of their existence in this world and to contemplate the direction of their life. In turn, it widens the horizon of their perspective.

In memory of the10th anniversary of late Master Sheng Yen’s passing

On Sept 20th and 21st, the “Roundtable Forum on Chinese Chan Buddhism Studies and Broadening Practices of Education” was held by Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, CHIBS, gathering dozens of prominent youth scholars from the past two “Youth Forum” and alumni from CHIBS, as well as the monastics from DDM Sangha. Nineteen academic papers in total and one keynote speech were presented.