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.
Time: 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Place: Woo-Ju Memorial Library, Main Floor
Fee: $10 (vegetarian lunch is included)
Dr. Dwight Chien was born in Taiwan. After graduated from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, he came to the USA for advanced studies. Subsequently, he received an MS degree in Analytical Chemistry from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the Ohio State University. Upon graduation from the OSU, he started working in DuPont, which was followed by Schein Pharmaceutical, DSM Pharmaceutical, Schering Plough, and Merck. He then studied acupuncture in Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (ESATM) and obtained the Diploma in Acupuncture. Currently, he is studying Chinese Medicine in ESATM.
Dr. Dwight Chien has more than 20 years of meditation experience. He studied Chan Meditation under Chan Master Sheng Yen. He practiced moving meditation with many renowned Sati Meditation Masters including: Luangpor Khamkhian, Luangpor Thong, Luangpor Dha, Achan Maha-Direk, and Achan Khemananda. He also practiced Taichi Qigong with Tao Master Man Tak Chia.
Ven. Ji-Xu – from Malaysia ordained as a monastic in Mahayana tradition in 1996. Practiced meditation in Myanmar under the guidance of Ven. Pak Au Sayadaw in 1998. Start to teach meditation in Chuang Yen Monastery in 2005.
Ven. Pure – from Taiwan, ordained as a nun in Mahayana tradition in 1985, become resident sangha in Chuang Yen Monastery since 1998.
Ven. Subodha – from Sri Lanka, became a monk in 1990 and ordained in 1993. He has taught Pali, Sanskrit languages and Theravada Buddhism for more than 10 years.
Mrs. Beeta Koswatta – Was a Physics teacher for 35 years in Sri Lanka. She obtained her B.S. degree in Physical Science (Univ. of Kelaniya, ‘72), Diploma in Education (Univ. of Colombo), M. A. in Buddhist Studies (Univ. of Kelaniya, ‘02), Diploma in Psychological Counseling Including Buddhist Insights (Dhamrivi Foundation, Colombo, ‘08). She has been practicing meditation for over 25 years. Siyu Kostwatta is her son, and will be the interpreter for the class.
Ms. Jennifer Maher –7 years in the Dharma Teacher Training program taught by Ven. Thich Tri Hoang, is a practicing Buddhist for 10 years in Mahayana tradition.
** Donation is welcome to contribute the monastery **
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 email@example.com 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.
• Saturday Meditation Class and Dharma Talk (Translated in Spanish): Meditation class on Saturdays twice a month. 2015 scheduled will be posted mid January /Meditación Sábado Clase y Dharma Talk (traducido en español ) : Dos Sabados al mes 10 a.m.-11:30 am
• Cuti Practice: Every second Saturday of the month from 9:00am to 3:00pm 準提共修班: 每月的第二個星期六早晨九點至下午三點
Temple of enlightenment
3070 Albany Crescent, Bronx, NY 10463
A Course in the Majjhima Nikaya with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
An in-depth study of the important text,The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications). The class startsat 9:00 am with a 50-minute silent meditation. This is followed at 10 am by a talk on a sutta (teaching of Buddha) till 11:20 am, with time for questions. A discussion period with Ven. Bodhi is held after lunch, from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Newcomers are welcome. If you cannot attend the class in person, you can follow the class by live stream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/venbodhi. Videos of the class are posted during the following week on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/venbodhi.