Topic: “Traveling with Ven. Tanxu, Meeting with Ven. Lokto: Finding Modern China Through the Lives of Two Buddhist Monks”
Lecturer: Professor James Carter
Date: 2012.9.9 (Sunday), 2-4 pm
Place: Woo Ju Memorial Library, 2020 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512
Professor James Carter, the author of last year Oxford University publication: “Heart of Buddha, Heart of China”, will be sharing his insights with his unique experiences about the spiritual practice in the development of China. Intended to write a scholarly work analysing the role of cultural and social transition, especially Buddhism, in China. He found Ven. Tanxu (倓虛大師), a fasinating figure represented millions of Chinese who shaped the history. While doing research on Ven. Tanxu (倓虛大師), he met Ven. Lokto, and started his journey in various monasteries in Harbin, Qingdao, Yingkou, Hong Kong, Ningbo and Tiantai–as well as New York– to conduct research……
Topic: “A Buddhist Perspective on Occupy Wall Street” ( 一個佛教徒對占領華爾街的省思)
Lecturer: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (菩提比丘)
Date: 2012.8.12 ( Sunday), 2-4 pm
Place: Woo Ju Memorial Library
Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk originally from New York City. He obtained a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School in 1972. In late 1972, he received monastic ordination in Sri Lanka, where he lived for over twenty years. He was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, Sri Lanka, from 1984 until 2002. He has edited Ven. Nyanamoli’s translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha), translated the Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses of the Buddha), and compiled an anthology of suttas from the Pali Canon (In the Buddha’s Words). His new translation of the Anguttara Nikaya (Numerical Discourses of the Buddha) is due out in the fall. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the issue of world poverty. In 2008, together with his students, they founded “Buddhist Global Relief” (BGR) to assist people throughout the world afflicted with chronic hunger. BGR has launched over fifty projects in southern Asia, Africa, Haiti, and the U.S.
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Dharma Talk: Mindfulness and Human Health
Lecturer: Prof. Tzung kuen Wen (溫宗堃)
Date: 2012.7.14 (Saturday) 2 – 4 pm
Place: BAUS – Woo Ju Memorial Library, 2020 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512
This talk will introduce the theory and practice of mindfulness training and reveal its relation to our mental and physical health, discuss how it improve our learning ability and our relationship with ourselves and others.
Prof. Tzung kuen Wen (溫宗堃)
A Buddhist lecturer, author, and translator, whose effort in teaching “Satiology (Mindfulness Science, 正念學)” has received much attention in recent year. He teaches in many prominent Buddhism institutes, including: Fu-yan Buddhist Institute, Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), Yuan-Kuang Buddhist Institute, etc.. He has given classes on “Āgama”, “Early Buddhism”, “Pali Grammar”, and “Sanskrit Grammar”.
Topic: Karma in Yogacara (業與唯識)
Date: 2012.6.10 (Sun.) 2-4 pm
Speaker: Harvard University Professor Dan Lusthaus ( 哈佛大學教授悅家丹)
Place: Woo Ju Memorial Library
Prof. Dan Lusthaus, associate of the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, specializes in Yogacara Buddhism, and is the author of the influential book Buddhist Phenomenology.A Philiosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch’eng Wei-shi Lun. Yogacara, a key component of Mahayana, emphasizes analysis and development of mind and consciousness. We are honored to have him visit us and introduce us this significant school and a few concepts of Karma associated with it. For more information, please visit his website – Yogācāra Buddhism Research Association.
Topic: “Guanyin (also Kuan yin) and the Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara” (觀音：菩薩中國化的演變)
Date: 2011/10/23 (Sunday) 2-4 pm
Speaker: Professor Chun-fang Yu
Guanyin (Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit) is worshiped by all Buddhists in the world as the great bodhisattva of compassion. Celebrated in many Buddhist sutras, Guanyin has played different roles and assumed different identities in Asia. While serving as a powerful symbol of royalty in South, Southeast Asia and Tibet, Guanyin assumed new forms in China and subsequently in Korea and Japan. Today we see this bodhisattva primarily as the maternal White-robe (baiyi) or Child-giving (Songzi) Guanyin. But this was not always the case, for during the first thousand years after Guanyin was introduced into China, the bodhisattva was depicted in art as masculine as it was the case in India and other countries. Why and how did Guanyin undergo a sexual transformation and what does this mean in the context of Chinese culture and Chinese Buddhism are some of the topics this talk will address.
Professor Chun-fang Yu, Sheng Yen Professor of Chinese Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University . She was born in China and educated in Taiwan, received BA from Tunghai University in Taiwan, MA from Smith College, and Ph.D. from Columbia University in Religion, specializing in Chinese Buddhism. She taught at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey from 1972 to 2004. She began her interests in Guanyin from her childhood experience with her grandmother. She met Master Sheng Yen about 30 years ago at the Temple of Enlightenment, became his disciple, and inspired by him to dedicate her research in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. She spent many years studying Guanyin, and finished a comprehensive work in this beloved deity, which was highly-regarded as the most important resource to study Guanyin.
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