DDBC's Academic Exchange with Scholars & Students of Buddhism from Rissho University
From the 7th to 8th of September 2008, a delegation of 47 Buddhist scholars and students from Rissho University in Japan visited the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, on which occasion Venerable Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM), welcomed and met the group.
The delegation was headed by Professor Mitomo KENYO, head of the Rissho University Department of Buddhist Studies, and longtime friend of the Venerable Master.
In tribute to a long-lasting affiliation between DDBC and Rissho University, Professor Kenyo and the Venerable Master signed an agreement to establish the two institutions as sister schools for academic exchange.
On the morning of the 8th, DDBC scholars and students participated in an academic forum at the Library & Information Center during the Rissho University delegation's visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township.
Prior to the convention of the forum, Deputy Abbot President of DDM, Venerable Guo Hui, led the delegation to visit the Grand Buddha Hall, the Founding History Memorial Hall, the Wish Fulfilling Guanyin Hall, and the Library and Information Center.
The forum was presided by Deputy President Professor Amin TU of DDBC. Firstly, Dr. Jifu Lan, a renowned Buddhist scholar, introduced the development of Buddhism in Taiwan and distinguished it from Buddhism in Japan. Professor Kenyo then introduced the development of Buddhism in Japan and the present profile of the propagation of the Japanized Buddhist teachings in Sinicized societies.
At the finale of this meaningful and fruitful academic exchange, the delegation, Venerable Guo Hui and Professor TU had a group photo taken in front of the DDBC portal.
(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing Team)