Four Sublime Abiding (Brahamavihāra) is one of the fundamental Buddhist meditation methods which can help meditator reach the form and formless concentrations (rūpa and arūpajhāna) and serves as an excellent foundation for further practice. It is also the best method for us to accumulate merits. Through practicing four sublime abiding (cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity,) we not only can cleanse our body and mind and remove negative thoughts and emotions, but also can improve our relationships with others and live an harmonious real life.
Venerable Dr. DhammadipaSak (Fa Yao), Abbot of Temple of Enlightenment, New York, who is a scholar in early Mahāyāna and Theravāda Buddhism and an expert in SarvāstivādaAbhidharma and TheravādaAbhidhamma. Besides conducting meditation retreats at Chuang Yen Monastery and Temple of Enlightenment regularly, he has been invited to provide meditative instructions on Four Immeasureable (Brahmavihāras) and Mindfulness of Breathing (Ānāpānasati) in East and West Coasts and Midwest as well as countries oversea such as Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and etc. He has taught in English as medium of instruction, Path of Purification (Visudhimagga), Entrance into SarvāstivādaAbhidharma (Abhidharmāvatāra), and various topics related to Buddhism in the Western societies. He used to be a senior professor and lecturer at some of the most prestigious graduate Buddhist institutes in Taiwan as well as a visiting professor of Anthropology and Philosophy Departments at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
Class will be conducted in English with Chinese translation(中、英文雙語課程).
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Chuang Yen Monastery has invited Pure Land Master Ven. Tsung Tzu (從慈法師) to conduct the seven day Pure Land Retreat that will take place December 19 through December 26 of this year. Ven. Tsung Tzu was ordained in 1980. He has a deep understanding of several schools of Buddhism which he studied in Taiwan under various masters. He has been teaching in Buddhist institutes from 1988. Ven. Tsung Tzu studied in the State University of California before ordaining. Now he focuses on the understanding and practice of Pure Land Buddhism, preaching Dharma, and giving lectures on Buddhist moral conduct, and English language Buddhist terminology.
During this retreat, Ven. Tsung Tzu will lead participants in recollecting Buddha’s name in order to illuminate our deluded and attached minds and to stabilize and center our body and mind.
She was born in Taiwan, city of Kee-Lung and became the nun in Sun-she Grand-View Temple in 1985.
Studied in Ching-Chueh Buddhist College from 1986 to 1989.
Was learning the process of academic and administrative work in Buddhist college between 1990 and 1996.
Studied Lotus Sutra from Ven. Sheng-Ming in NY CYM in 1997.
Has become formal resident sangha in Chunag Yen Monastery since April 1998 till now.
On Sunday August 23rd, 2015, the World Fotu Foundation, on behalf of Yunju (Cloud-dwelling) Buddhist Temple, Beijing, China, is offering the sacred text of “FangShan Stone Tripitaka Sutra” to Woo Ju Memorial Library. Richard Ke, PhD., who will be presenting the thirty-volume set, says “We admired Dr. C.T. Shen’s contribution to Buddhism very much. We hope to donate this set to memorialize and pay tribute to his effort, as well his work for Woo Ju Library. We only chose the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS) and United Nations to donate this set of canon in America, during this trip from China.”
Yunju Temple is one of the most revered sanctuaries of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is well-known because of its extensive stone-engravings. This priceless treasure of humanity has lasted a thousand years, and is sure to benefit future generations. It is a mark of perseverance and quiet dedication of the human spirit.
In 605 A.D., the sutras began to be engraved by the monk Jing Wan. Wan had a vision to preserve Buddhist text from destruction, he determined that the Buddhist text should be carved into stone. He was in Beijing Fangshan (the current site of Yunju Temple). After Jing Wan’s death, his students carried forward the work, from generation to generation, and went through Tang, Song, Liao, Jin, Yuan, and Ming dynasties, lasting a thousand years. Some 1122 books and 3,572 volumes of Buddhist sutras were inscribed on 14,278 stone tablets! Those tablets were originally hidden in the nine grottoes in the Shijing Mountain.
Other than the United Nations, this gift is only available at the Buddhist Association of the United States, Carmel, New York. The texts will be on view in Woo Ju Memorial Library, in addition to the complete Pali Canons, and the Mahayana Tripitaka. Woo Ju Library opens on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. It provides great loaned Buddhism reading & audio-video material. Material can be borrowed for three weeks. Feel free to talk to the librarian for recommendations of Buddhist material.
Dear Library Patron, Start from April 1, 2015, Library new circulation policy:
1. $25 donation or more is suggested for obtaining a library card
2. The new member can take out 1 item for the first time.
3. Loan period: Books & MusicCDs: 3 weeks with a 3-week renewal; DVDs, Audiobooks, New Books & Magazine: 2 weeks with a 1-week renewal; Popular Books & New DVDs: 1 week with NO RENEWAL
4. Fines: Books, Music CDs & Magazines: $.10 per day – $5.00 maximum; DVDs: $1.00 per day – $10.00 maximum.
5. Special condition: for item value over $60. Patron will need to make deposit of 25% of the item value. Deposit will be return to patron after the item been returned.
Woo Ju Library Committee
Please register in advance, feel free to contact Ms. Hsiu at (845) 225-1819, ext 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Donation to support the library is greatly appreciated, you can make the check payable to “B.A.U.S” 2020 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512
Abbot Venerable Dhammapida (Fa Yao) was born in Taiwan and grew up in Malaysia. In 1987, he received his full-ordination as a Bhikkhu monk in Sri Lanka under Ven. Prof. Dhammajoti. He received his degree in Buddhist Studies, Buddhist and Pali University and his master degree in Buddhist Philosophy at Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka respectively.
In 2005, he successfully hold a Ph.D.degree at the department of Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol, U.K. His special preferences are in Abhidhamma and meditation practices, and often stress the importance of the meditation in society. He speaks Chinese, Cantonese, Hakka, English, etc., and reads many languages for his persuasion of academic like Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese, French, German, etc.
Ven. K.Subodha was born in Sri Lanka. He became a monk in 1990 and was ordained in 1993 in the same country. He passed the Examination of Dharmacharya in 1995 and the Intermediate Examination of Pracheena Pandit Degree from The Oriental Studies Society of Sri Lanka in 1995. He got his BA (special) degree in Sanscrit and Hindi in 2001 from University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and degree of Tipitaka Visharada in Ramanna Maha Nikaya in 2007.
He was employed as a teacher from 2002 to 2006 of Vidyaravinda Maha Pirivena at Gampaha and as a vice principal from 2006 to 2011 and as a principal 2011 to present of Sri Vidyaloka Pirivena at Welisara. He has taught Pali, Sanskrit languages and Theravada Buddhism for more than 10 years.