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 seven days of Pureland practices will be led by the abbot of Chuang Yen Monastery, Ven. Fa Yao. Apart from the chanting and recitation, the participants will have chance to hear Venerable Fa Yao’s dharma lectures on Pratyutpannasamadhi sutra among other Pureland sutras. He emphasizes 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：12/24/2011 to 12/31/2011
Registration：Dec. 24 (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
“One Aspect of Early Mahayana Buddhism in China – Mysticism or Immanence? ”
Date: August 21 2011, Sunday, 2 pm
Place: Woo Ju Memorial Library
Speaker: Ven. Dhammadipa
Chuang Yen Monastery Abbot Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa will be giving a ‘rare-to-hear’ talk on the early Mahayana Buddhism in relation to practice of Pureland, visualizing the Buddha Amitabha to be present in front. This seemingly mystical, but yet, important in Chinese Buddhism has influenced several Mahayana Buddhist texts such as Dasabhūmi Vibhāṣā Sāstra (十住毗婆沙論), and Kumarajīva’s (鳩摩羅什) understanding of faith-based Buddhist practices.
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Program is open to the public free of charge.
For more information, please contact Sunandi (845) 225-1819, ext103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-3 pm / Mr. Gary Link
This talk will cover the origin, history and practice of Pure Land Buddhism. By focusing on the past teachings and practice of Pure Land Masters throughout India, China & Japan, it will show how their individual teachings significantly contributed to the development and growth of Pure Land Buddhism today. We will also cover the state of Pure Land Buddhism in America, its differing practices and its future as a Buddhist Tradition.
Gary has been a practicing Buddhist for the past twelve years. He has been strongly influenced by the teachings of the Madhyamika. Yogacara and Pure Land Schools of Buddhism. He is a volunteer at Chuang Yen Monastery and is also a member of BAUS. He is currently working on a book about Pure Land Buddhism. Gary is the Tax Assessor for the Town of Kent and lives there with his wife Heidi and their three children.
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