Four Immeasurables (Four Sublime Abidings) Meditation, a kind of Samatha, is a (concentration) technique practiced in early Buddhism, aimed at training the mind to remove one’s resentment while enlightening loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. It is not only a practical way to govern one’s anger, jealous, malicious, and meddling mind, but also a great dharma way to open one’s happiness in life. It can be regard as a profound foundation for all the meditation practice.
Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa is the Abbot of the Chuang Yen Monastery. He is a professor at Buddhist colleges in Taiwan specializing in Agama and Abhidharama. He was also a visiting professor at Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. He obtained his bachelor and master degress in Sri Lanka whereas doctoral degree in Theology and Religion from the Great Britain. Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa has been ordained since 1987.
The annual event of the “Interfaith Prayer for World Peace”, sponsored by The Buddhist Association of the United States, will be held on January 1, 2013 (Tuesday) at Chuang Yen Monastery.
Representatives from different religions (including Buddhism, Catholic, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Bahai, etc.), local government officials, counties executives & supervisors, people with different ethics background will all come together to pray for world peace. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the prayer services. Welcome everyone come to celebrate and to pray for world peace
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The Pureland tradition believes that by reciting the name of the Amitabha Buddha single-mindedly, one can be reborn in the Western Pureland where enlightenment is guaranteed. This year’s seven-day Amitabha session will be led by the abbot of Chuang Yen Monastery, Venerable Fa Yao. Apart from the chanting and recitation, the participants will also have a chance to hear Ven. Fa Yao’s dharma lectures on the importance of establishing mindfulness and contemplating the virtue and merit of the Buddha in the practice, and the aspect of cultivating faith in the Western Pureland and the Amitabha Buddha.
Retreat Guidance：Ven. Dhammadipa (Fa-yao)
Date：12/22/2012 to 12/29/2012
Registration：Dec. 22 (Saturday) - 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
(Please register at the Administration Office, which is located on the first floor of the Great Buddha Hall.) Orientation & Opening Purification Ceremony: 4:00pm
The Four Immeasurables or the Four Sublime Abidings is a meditative method to cultivate four wholesome mental qualities loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. These positive states of mind are the antidotes to anger, harm, and jealousy which plague the people all their lives. These four wholesome mental qualities, once developed, would help a person to obtain true happiness within oneself, harmony with others, and tranquility and peace. The method is highly emphasized in Mahayana Buddhism for those who would like to cultivate the heart of wisdom (Bodhicitta) and walk on Bodhisattva path. Practicing this method will make positive impact on our lives both mentally and physically whether you are a Shravakayana or Mahayana practitioner or a non Buddhist.
Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa is the Abbot of the Chuang Yen Monastery. He is a professor at Buddhist colleges in Taiwan specializing in Agama and Abhidharama. He was also a visiting professor at Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. He ordained his bachelor and master degress in Sri Lanka whereas doctoral degree in Theology and Religion from the Great Britain. Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa was ordained since 1987.